There are several different types of fillers but they all serve the same purpose, which is to enhance a certain area of your body. Even though all fillers do the same job, some are better for specific areas while others do better in different areas of the body. Some also last longer than others, depending on the substance and the way the procedure is carried out. Fillers are most commonly used to enhance lips, fill in the hollow part under the eyes or to volumize cheeks.
Various factors such as age, sun damage or smoking make the skin lose its ability to produce the hyaluronic acid, which results in saggy and thin skin. That is when fillers come in handy, as they are used to fill those sagging areas and the areas that suffer severe volume loss. This procedure makes the skin look full and young again, while fillers also stimulate the skin to produce its own, natural collagen. The procedure, during which you might feel slight discomfort, is executed with a thin needle.
It is important to have a conversation with your doctor before the procedure and make them aware of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, as well as any medications you may be taking. If you’re not sure about allergies, it is best to get tested prior to the procedure. As far as medication goes, you should stop taking substances such as aspirin, ibuprofen, alcohol or high doses of vitamin E seven days prior to the procedure. It is highly recommended to stop smoking during that period, as smoking interferes with the healing process and slows it down while increasing the chances of complications and side effects. After the procedure, the recovery process will take a week or two, during which you should not massage or apply pressure to the treated area. Avoid exercising and heavy physical activity, as well as sun exposure and taking pain killers.
Possible side effects of the filler procedure include temporary swelling, firmness, pain, lumps or bruising in the treated area. If any of these minor side effects occur, there is nothing to worry about as they are completely normal and will resolve within a week. To help reduce these side effects, you can take Tylenol or Arnica gel or apply ice to reduce swelling. If the bruising reoccurs, it may take more than a week for it to settle down. Major side effects include itching, infections, severe allergic reactions and discoloration of the treated area. People who have infections or a history of hypersensitivities, as well as pregnant or nursing women, should not undergo the filler procedure.
This filler is made of Hyaluronic acid gel and provides immediate results. It is most effective for smile lines, chin, lip and jaw augmentation, corner of the mouth and acne scars. This FDA approved filler is proved to have immediate results and to last up to a year with one correctly implemented treatment.
Restylane is a filler containing the hyaluronic acid gel, best for smile lines, corners of the mouth, under eye hollow areas, lips, cheek and jaw augmentation as well as acne scars. The results of this filler are immediate and can last up to six months.
Perlane is also made of the hyaluronic acid gel and it provides immediate results that last about six months. It is best for smile lines, cheek, chin and jawline augmentation, acne scars and corners of the mouth.
The Radiesse filler is made of Calcium Hydroxylapatite microspheres which are suspended in a gel. This filler is best for cheek, chin and jawline augmentation, smile lines, acne scars and corners of the mouth. The results are immediate and can last up to a year.
This filler is made of the hyaluronic acid gel and it is most efficient for superficial fine lines around lips, on cheeks and smile lines. The results of the Belotero filler are immediate and may last up to six months.
The Sculptura filler is made of a synthetic material called poly-l-lactic acid. It is best for areas of severe volume loss, such as the jawline, cheeks and temples. The results are gradual but can last up to two years or even more.