Everything You Need To Know About Getting Fillers
Fillers have been gaining major popularity across the world. They’re a quick, painless, and relatively inexpensive way to fix numerous skin problems. And yet, there’s a lot of brouhaha around whether they are good for you or not.
So, what exactly are fillers? And are they right for you? Let’s find out.
1. What Is A Filler?
They’re injectables, made of different materials (depending on the brand or type), that can be used to fill wrinkles, acne pits, or lips. Really, any part of your face or body can be injected to raise that area. For example, you can fill hollow or sunken under eyes for a more plump and full effect.
2. What Is It Made Of?
It’s often made of substances like hyaluronic acid, collagen, or fat cells that are naturally occurring in the human body and skin. For example, collagen or hyaluronic acid is something we may even lose over time, so with fillers you can inject that back wherever required to maintain plump and full skin.
Some fillers are made of biodegradable polymers or microscopic plastic beads. You’ll need to ask your dermatologist about what type of filler they use, depending on this you can do your research on the filler.
If you’re uncomfortable with polymers or plastic in your skin, you can choose to opt for calcium, fat cell, hyaluronic acid, or fat cell fillers. That being said, it doesn’t mean polymers or plastic is necessarily unsafe. Just do your research and talk to your doctor.
3. How Long Does It Last?
Depending on the material and how youthful your skin is, it will last for about 3 to 4 months. In certain cases, where skin is aging very fast, it may only last for 2 months. Plus, it depends on where you’re getting the injectables done. If that part of your body is rubbed or used a lot, then it may not last as long as expected. Your doctor can give you the best estimate.
4. Is It Safe?
Yes, it’s safe and since it melts or is biodegradable, it won’t be in your skin forever. You want to make sure that your doctor is using a U.S. FDA-approved brand and has enough experience in giving fillers. Remember, if you don’t like what you’ve done, it is easy to go back to your doctor and melt the filler. Ask your doctor about patch tests for certain types of fillers that may give you an allergic reaction (just to be safe).
In fact, once you find the right doctor, he or she can show you the multiple uses of fillers that may go beyond filling scars, wrinkles, and skin plumping. For example, if you want a sharper nose, the plumping effect can be used to create a mound down the bridge of your nose so it appears more pointed.
5. What To Expect Once You’ve Put Fillers
Well, your skin may get itchy, tight, or swell up for up to 36 hours. If this continues, you’ll want to contact your doctor immediately and take further steps from there. Once you’ve done it, bear in mind that this isn’t permanent and that you can always remove it as soon as you want to. Do your research with different types of fillers and different doctors.