Summary: Without a doubt, there are more than three things you should know about dermal fillers, but that number seemed like a good place to start–especially if we’re talking about information that might not be commonly known. Of course, the best place to get most information is from your local cosmetic or plastic surgeon.
There Are at Least Three Things You Should Know About Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are one of the most popular sets of procedures in the world. Every year, millions of patients undergo dermal filler injections, but does that mean this procedure is right for you? It can be a tough question to answer, so today, we’re talking about three things you should know about dermal fillers.
Of course, you should always have these discussions with your cosmetic surgeon. This article is not intended to replace medical advice of any kind–certainly not advice you would get from your cosmetic surgeon. You should always talk to a highly qualified plastic or cosmetic surgeon when thinking about undergoing dermal filler injections.
We’re here for entertainment purposes only. In that vein, we thought it might be entertaining to look at some of the most important facts surrounding dermal filler injection that patients might not already know (we figure you already know that filler injections can make you look more youthful, for example). So let’s take a look at three things you should know about dermal fillers before you get injections.
#1: Some Fillers Are Reversible
Most people understand that the vast majority of dermal fillers are temporary. The most popular such fillers, Juvederm and Voluma, will typically last 18-24 months, depending on where they’re injected (this will also depend on the sub-brand of Juvederm or Voluma, of which there are many and varied options).
But did you know that some dermal fillers are also reversible? This applies mainly to hyaluronic acid-based filler injections. If you don’t like the way your fillers have made you look (or you’re having some kind of bad reaction to those fillers), you don’t necessarily have to wait 18-24 months for those results to go away. You could, in theory, schedule an appointment to have your filler results reversed.
This is accomplished with the injection of a material that dissolves the hyaluronic acid-based filler. And it should be noted that not all dermal fillers are reversible, so you’ll definitely want to check with your cosmetic surgeon or medical spa specialist to see if the dermal filler injection you’re planning on is reversible.
#2: There Are Many Types of Dermal Fillers
We’re used to hearing about the big time names in dermal filler injections: the Juvederms and Volumas. And that makes sense–Juvederm and Voluma sink much more into marketing than nearly any other injectable out there. But there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
First and foremost, Juvederm and Voluma both have many different sub-brands or variations. Juvederm, for example, is also available as Juvederm Vollure, which is used to treat nasolabial folds (smile lines). But there’s also Juvederm Volbella, which is used to treat wrinkles in the lips. The type of Juvederm you choose might be dictated by where your wrinkles are located and what’s causing them.
But there are also some dermal fillers that are not in the Juvederm or Voluma families. This might include Radiesse, for example, or Bellafill. Some of these other dermal fillers aren’t even hyaluronic acid based. And even though they might not be as popular as Voluma and Juvederm, they are definitely options for patients to consider, depending on the results you want.
#3: Dermal Fillers Can Change Your Face
The other thing to know about dermal filler injections is that they aren’t around just to eliminate lines and wrinkles. Dermal filler injections, properly applied, can actually make cosmetic and aesthetic changes to the face as well.
The most famous example of this is, of course, the non surgical nose job. During a non surgical nose job, surgeons use dermal filler injections to temporarily add volume to nose in order to improve the overall aesthetics.
But that’s not the only place where dermal fillers can make a difference. Many patients, for example, seek to increase the overall size of their lips with dermal filler injections. These patients are able to get larger, plumper looking lips without the need for surgery. And that can make certain procedures significantly more appealing.
If you have questions about what dermal filler injections can accomplish for you, contact your local cosmetic surgeon or medical spa in order to get personalized answers. After all, three things you should know about dermal fillers are really only scratching the surface. To get personalized answers and information, you have to go right to the source.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in touch with the cosmetic and plastic surgeons to ensure he’s getting the latest and most up to date information possible on the most innovative procedures.