The Most Common Myths About Dermal Fillers
Tired of looking tired? Want to look refreshed and rejuvenated—dare we say, more youthful?! You can, without undergoing the expense and downtime of a surgical facelift. Injectable dermal fillers increase volume beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases. We know there are some common myths about these injectables as new products continue to come on the market, so let’s clear up a few things.
1. Botox is a filler, right?
Wrong! Botox® and other types of neurotoxins or neuromodulators work to weaken the facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles while dermal fillers are soft tissue fillers, primarily used to re-volumize flat or hollow areas of the face. There are three general groups of fillers—thick, medium, and thinner—that are used to address lines found on different areas of the face, including the temples, under-eye circles, ear lobes, cheekbones, lips and lip lines, corners of the mouth or the “marionette area,” the “smile lines” found along your cheeks, and the pre-jowl area.
2. Fillers look fake
Not when done correctly! At Timeless Skin Solutions we provide our patients with beautiful, natural looking results. Although some people may notice you look refreshed, they most likely won’t know why. An important point to note: as with any type of cosmetic procedure, it is important to get treated by an experienced provider with extensive knowledge and experience using injectables. Injecting fillers is a procedure the medical staff of Timeless does all day, everyday. Choose the most experienced.
3. Getting fillers is painful
False! Dermal fillers can cause mild discomfort, however some fillers such as Juvéderm® are formulated with lidocaine (a numbing medication) which can greatly decrease any pain that may be experienced at the time of the injection. Timeless ensures comfort at every step by employing specialized techniques before, during, and after your treatment. Many patients rate their pain level, on a scale of 1–10, as a 2–3.
4. There will be bruising and downtime
False! There is typically minimal bruising and swelling which means you will be able to jump back into your normal daily routine. Much of the bruising and swelling that can occur with filler injections, particularly around the eyes or mouth, can be reduced by using cool compresses, Arnica and elevating the head of the bed. Most of the time, bruising and/or swelling can be concealed with make-up and is not very noticeable. For patients that experience more than minimal bruising, Timeless offers laser treatment follow up to aid in dissipating the bruise.
5. I’m stuck with it if I don’t like it
False! While we are confident you will be highly satisfied with your results, this treatment is reversible. Most filler products commonly used today, including Juvéderm and Restylane®, are made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid can be reversed with an agent called hyaluronidase, a family of enzymes which break up the acid.
6. I will have to get it done frequently
Not really! While fillers do break down over time due to enzymes in the body, dermal fillers are FDA-approved to last between six months and two years, depending on the type of filler used and where it is placed.
It is important to the staff of Timeless Skin Solutions that our patients have all the right facts, and are properly educated when it comes to injectables. We pride ourselves in being in the top 1% of injectors in the United States, and love seeing satisfied patients day-in and day-out. These treatments are quick, cause very minimal discomfort and downtime, and are used in specific and accurate ways to help our patients achieve natural looking results!