More and more people decide to get a facial filler each year, since it is an easy and effective way to get rid of wrinkles, add volume and highlight certain facial features, make thin lips more plump, and so on.
But there’s a catch. Due to the nature of dermal fillers, they diminish with time as they are absorbed by the body, and there are is a number of potential side effects which you should probably know before you decide to get facial fillers yourself.
What are dermal fillers and how do they work?
To begin, what even are dermal fillers made out of? The material that the filler is composed varies from injection to injection, but most of the currently used fillers are made out of hyaluronic acids and collagens, which usually come from animals or the tissue of the patient. Such fillers are called natural, but there are also synthetic fillers in use, made out of lab-made materials, and while the synthetic ones usually last much longer than the natural ones, they also have a higher risk of an allergic reaction.
How long do dermal fillers last?
That depends on the type of the dermal filler. The material of the filler is the thing that decides how long the effects of the injection will last, along with individual susceptibility of each and every person. Natural injections often last up to two years, with results being noticeable immediately after the injection, but don’t be surprised if you will need to get a follow-up treatment in just six months.
But what if I want something more permanent?
Well, you can get always get a synthetic filler instead, which last a lot longer. The reason for that is that they simply do not get absorbed by our body. These can last as long as five years, and potentially even more in some cases, but are slightly more risky and definitely more expensive.
Are Botox and dermal fillers the same?
While Botox and dermal fillers might sound similar, as Botox is also delivered through injection, they are actually quite different. Botox is a substance which goal is to stop the movement of our facial muscles, slowing and potentially stopping wrinkles from developing. Botox injections are also sometimes used in helping with some medical conditions, such as excessive sweating. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are used to simply plump and smooth out hollows and creases on our faces, without interfering with the facial muscles.
What could go bad with dermal fillers?
First of all, don’t panic! Dermal fillers are among some of the safest cosmetic treatments available. The most common issue is their longevity, so keep in mind you will probably have to keep getting follow-up injections every year in order to maintain the effects. However, there are also more dangerous side effects which cannot be predicted, as every person reacts to the treatment in their own way. The most common side effects are immediate and include swelling and pain, but these should vanish after a few weeks or a month at most, so you shouldn’t worry about those. Rarer side effects include migration and lumping of the filler underneath the skin, which can be both hurt and look quite bad, but it almost never happens. There are also risks of infection, which can be easily minimised if the treatment is done properly and in a safe environment.
How to make sure nothing bad happens?
While some of the potential risks sure do sound scary, they can be easily avoided if you follow these few steps. First of all, make sure you test for allergies before the treatment, especially when using a natural filler. Ask your doctor to test for the specific ingredients of the filler you are going to use. Next, make sure you go to a renowned clinic for the treatment. Do not let a low price fool you into going to some shady clinic, and always go for quality! You should also make sure that the place you are getting the treatment in is safe and sterile – never try to do it at home. Finally, make sure to apply sunscreen to your face daily after the treatment to protect your skin from the sun.