Dermal fillers have received much attention in recent years, and you may be considering giving them a try. But before you run out and have fillers to define your jawline, plump up your cheeks and lips, straighten out your nose or smooth out creases, there are a few things you should know. Before your dermal filler treatment, let’s educate you on what you should consider.
1. Fillers or Botox? What do you truly desire?
So it all depends on the region you choose to focus on. Dermal fillers are effective for treating annoying static lines such as tear trough lines, laugh lines, nasolabial and marionette lines, as well as the jowl, neck, and cheeks area. If you want to diminish the appearance of dynamic lines (those created by repeated expressions), such as crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, or those 11s, Botox (botulinum toxin) is a better option than fillers.
2. Is Your Dermal Filler Specialist Medically Trained?
So, this is a biggie. Many people claim to be able to administer dermal filler treatments, but doing so safely and efficiently requires actual ability and a medical background.
Before arranging an appointment with a practitioner, look into their credentials. Avoid non-medically qualified practitioners who have completed a weekend or online course.
If someone offers a filler therapy at a considerably lower price than others, this should set off alarm bells. Two old adages spring to mind here: “Buy cheap, buy twice” and “You get what you pay for” – you may find yourself having to spend extra money for someone to rectify a shoddy job.
3. What Types of Dermal Fillers Are Available?
Liquid nose jobs, anti-wrinkle fillers, cheek fillers that give a youthful and plumped-up appearance, and Lip fillers, which plump or reshape the lips are all examples of dermal fillers (liquid rhinoplasty).
Practitioners once employed permanent fillers like collagen, but the most prevalent and popular variety is hyaluronic acid (HA) based. This works well since HA is a naturally occurring substance in the body.
4. How Long Does It Take to Recover From Dermal Fillers?
The beautiful thing about fillers is that the recovery time is relatively fast. You can return to work the next day, and any redness and swelling should have subsided after two to three days. So, there is no need to arrange lengthy getaways only to hide away – you can return straight to your daily routine, even when the weather can be tricky.
5. What Are the Risks of Dermal Fillers?
Aside from the regional swelling and redness induced by the needle or cannula, some people experience moderate bruising surrounding the treated area following dermal fillers. In rare situations, some people have allergic reactions, including itching, pimples, redness, and longer-lasting swelling. If a filler is improperly placed, blindness can occur. This is why it is so important to go to a medically qualified med spa such as NUVO Cosmedispa in Houston.
If you have fever blisters or cold sores, you may be more prone to a breakout following dermal fillers. Be sure to take your antiviral medicine before your treatment to help lessen the likelihood of this happening.
6. Can You Continue to Have Dermal Fillers?
While dermal fillers can give you a wonderful look, many people are unaware that to keep it, you must repeat the process every 6-24 months. Furthermore, each treatment can cost between $600 -$1200, depending on the type and amount of filler you have. If you do not repeat the treatment, your skin will return to its pre-treatment state. This can be costly, so it’s critical to consider if you can afford to keep receiving them.
7. Are Your Expectations Reasonable?
Dermal fillers are not designed to change your appearance; rather, they are intended to enhance what you already have – and we are all about being as natural and as close to you as possible. So, if you have higher expectations, you may be disappointed with the results. Discuss your expectations with your practitioner. This will allow us to better understand your expectations. We can discuss your options and treatment plan and go over the actual costs associated with that plan.
8. Is There Anything You Should Stay Away From Before Getting Fillers?
You should avoid taking aspirin, fish oil supplements, Vitamin E, or ibuprofen the week before your dermal filler treatment, as these can all aggravate bruising or bleeding. However, if you are on any aspirin-containing drugs, do not stop using them. Instead, let us know what medications you are taking, so we can give you a better idea of what to do.
Dermal fillers are not advised if you are breastfeeding, attempting to conceive, or pregnant. Always consult with your practitioner about the best time to have them.