Dermal fillers can help to restore lost facial volume and minimize the appearance of certain lines and wrinkles. For many people, they are the first step toward rejuvenating the face and to feeling and looking more confident and youthful.
If you’re thinking about getting injectable fillers for the first time, then you probably have a lot of questions about the process and about what you can expect. Perhaps you’ve done a few Google searches and have unearthed more information than you thought possible.
It’s true that the range of fillers available and the sheer number of options out there can make things complicated. As you get ready for fillers or start to consider them more seriously, asking these five questions can help you determine whether or not they are right for you and what you can expect from them.
1. What’s Going to Happen During a Filler Treatment?
Although “what’s going to happen” can seem like a broad question to ask, it will give you a good sense of what you can expect during your filler appointment. It will also give you a sense of when you can expect results to appear and how you might feel immediately after the injections.
Usually, getting an injection doesn’t take a considerable amount of time. Some people schedule them for their lunch breaks or right after work. Depending on how many areas you are having injected, you can expect the process to take about 30 minutes or less per area.
You might also want to know how the filler will change your appearance. Some, such as Juvederm, provide instant results. Depending on where you get the filler, you’ll have filled-in wrinkles or plumper lips right away. Other fillers, such as Sculptra, need time to work and produce results gradually, usually over the span of a few months.
2. How Do I Choose the Right Filler?
Understanding what happens during and after your injection is the first step in helping you choose the best filler for your needs. Other factors include what the fillers are made from, how long they will last, and the specific areas they treat. Some are designed to restore volume, such as in the cheeks or lips. Others are designed to fill in and smooth wrinkles.
A filler’s ingredients and composition can influence how long it lasts and how long you can expect to see results. Some fillers can provide results for up to two years, while others wear off much more quickly, often after just a few months.
3. Are Dermal Fillers Right for Me?
Before getting dermal fillers for the first time, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re the most appropriate option for you. Knowing what the fillers are designed to treat is one way to make sure that they’re appropriate for you. If you understand what fillers do, you can assess whether they line up with your goals or not.
Your overall health might also influence whether or not fillers are a good option for you. It’s a good idea to sit down with a facial plastic surgeon and talk about your current health and any medical conditions you have, as well as any lifestyle factors that might affect the results of fillers or put you at risk for certain complications.
4. What Do I Do After Getting Dermal Fillers?
What you do after getting dermal fillers depends on how you feel. Although many people do resume their usual activities right away or within 24 hours, you might notice that there is some bruising or swelling in the injected area and you might want to take some additional time off.
For the most part, recovery after the injections is quick. You most likely won’t have to give up exercise or other vigorous activity for more than a few days. Your surgeon can give you more details on what to expect and what you can do right after treatment.
5. What Happens If I Don’t Like the Results?
Dermal fillers are meant to provide results on a temporary basis. If you find that you aren’t happy with your appearance after you get a filler treatment, however, you don’t necessarily have to wait for them to wear off.
It is possible to “reverse” some types of injectable fillers, notably those made from hyaluronic acid (such as Juvederm and Restylane). If you absolutely can’t live with the results and want to get rid of them ASAP, you can talk to your surgeon about getting an injection to dissolve the filler and restore your original appearance.
A board-certified facial plastic surgeon can be an excellent resource for you when you’re investigating dermal fillers and trying to decide if they are right for you. Dr. Michael Schwartz is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon practicing in West Palm Beach, Florida. He will be happy to talk to you and to answer any questions you have about injectable fillers. To schedule a consultation, call 561-288-5888 today.