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 many other facial enhancements. However, 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 need to be aware of before you decide to get facial fillers yourself.
How do dermal fillers work, and for how long?
First of all, it is good to know what exactly a dermal filler is before we start to look for some more specific information. The material that the filler is composed widely varies from injection to injection. 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. The material of the filler is the factor that decides how long the effects of the injection will last, along with individual susceptibility of each and every person. Natural injections often last from half a year to two years, with results being noticeable immediately after the injection. Synthetic injections, on the other hand, are permanent or semi-permanent, as they simply do not get absorbed by our body. These can last as long as five years, and potentially even more in some cases.
Are Botox and dermal fillers the same?
While Botox and dermal fillers might sound similar in their procedure, as Botox is also delivered through injection, they are actually quite different in the way they work. 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, and as such, should not be confused with Botox.
What are the possible side effects of dermal fillers?
Make sure to get acknowledged with the potential risks of getting a dermal filler before you decide to proceed with the injection. The main issue with fillers is their longevity. While it is not an alarming side effect, you will 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. Even though dermal fillers are some of the safest cosmetic treatments nowadays, they still can sometimes produce short-term, long-term, and even some permanent side effects. 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. More rare side effects include migration and lumping of the filler underneath the skin, which can be both painful and produce undesirable results of the treatment. There are also risks of infection, which can be easily minimized if the treatment is done properly and in a safe environment. The most severe side effect of a dermal filler is necrosis, which might require further treatment in order to heal.
How to protect ourselves from those side effects?
While some of the potential risks sure do sound scary, they can often be easily avoided. First of all, make sure you test for allergies before the treatment, especially when using a natural filler. Ask the 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. The most important tip is to undergo the treatment in sterile medical conditions, never at home. Finally, make sure to apply sunscreen to your face daily after the treatment to protect your skin from the sun.