Juvederm, Voluma, and the like are among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures on the planet. But we’ve suggested five things to know about dermal filler injections before you begin. We’re doing this for a couple of reasons, but mostly because the more you know about a procedure, the better!
Discussing Things You Should Know About Dermal Fillers Before You Begin
We should also point out that every patient is different. You shouldn’t take this article as a substitution for medical advice (or what your cosmetic surgeon tells you).
Ultimately, dermal fillers are kind of a motley crew of injectables. They’re similar in many ways but by no means interchangeable. That means that we really do need to do some work getting to know these fillers and what they can do. In other words, there are five things to know about dermal filler injections before you really get started.
Choose your Filler Wisely
Okay, the first thing you should know about dermal fillers is that you should choose your filler wisely. That’s because different fillers have different purposes. They’re created to fill various roles. Some fillers have large molecule sizes, whereas others have small molecular chains.
There is a staggering number of fillers to choose from:
And that doesn’t even include the variations thereof. Juvederm, for example, offers Juvederm Vollure, Juvederm Volbella, Juvederm XC—and that’s just to start with! You’ll want to talk to your surgeon about the best filler choice for your desired results.
Fillers Are Temporary… Usually
The second thing you should know about dermal fillers is that results tend to be temporary. This is, usually, by design. Most dermal fillers are composed primarily around hyaluronic acid—a chemical already found naturally in your body. Over time, the filler is absorbed into the body and the results diminish. That’s normal.
Most dermal fillers will last anywhere from 12-36 months. It depends on the particular filler, the injection site, and the volume injected. And there are even some exceptions to this. Bellafill is a type of dermal filler designed specifically to generate effectively permanent results. Bellafill injections might last for over ten years.
In order to get the best results possible, make sure that you talk to your surgeon about the duration of those results.
Some Dermal Fillers Can Be Reversed
The third thing you should know about dermal fillers is that, in the right circumstances, they can be reversed. That’s not going to be true with every single dermal filler injection. Bellafill, for example, is designed to be permanent—so the results are quite difficult to alter.
But hyaluronic acid-based fillers, such as Juvederm and Voluma, can indeed be reversed if the patient is unhappy with the results. This generally involves injections of an agent that will dissolve any of the filler left in the target area. At the end of these treatments, patients are left with their original features.
It’s important to note that not all results are reversible, so be sure to talk to your surgeon if that’s a concern for you. Many first-time patients like the idea of being able to reverse the final results—that way, if they aren’t happy, they don’t have to endure 12-36 months of unhappiness. However, very few patients actually request that results be reversed.
Filler Injections Can Be Accomplished Quickly
The fourth thing you should know about dermal filler injections is that they can be accomplished quite quickly. Most people are in and our in less than fifteen minutes. Of course, some patients will require longer—much will depend on what your actual demands are.
Hopefully you aren’t thinking that surgeons are in some way rushing to meet this fifteen minute deadline. There are several aspects of dermal filler injections that make them particularly streamlined for treatment:
- Surgeons can often see results develop as the filler is injected, making it easy to gage the process
- Filler injections usually do not cause patients much discomfort, meaning that there is no need for anesthesia beforehand
- Follow up care is relatively straightforward, meaning that patients can basically get their injections and leave (once they’ve been given care instructions, of course)
The speed of these treatments should not be rushed, of course. But it’s easy to see how a 15 or 30 minute session could be compelling to patients.
Fillers Have a Ton of Uses
The fifth (although perhaps not final—you should always ask your cosmetic surgeon more questions) thing you should know about dermal fillers is that fillers have a wide variety of uses. Most people think that fillers are basically used to get rid of lines and wrinkles.
And that’s broadly true. But you’d be surprised exactly where dermal fillers can address wrinkles. From the tear trough to the lips to nasolabial folds to the apple of the cheek, dermal fillers (of varying types) can produce amazing results. That’s largely because fillers themselves come in so many shapes and sizes.
But it’s important to remember that fillers might be able to do more than you ever thought they could. That said, it’s still best to think of them as producing subtle transformations rather than making bold changes. You’ll be able to see the results, for sure—but those results might be pretty subtle.
For many patients, however, that’s the entire point.
Five More Things to Know About Dermal Fillers
To learn five more things about dermal fillers, your best bet is going to be scheduling an appointment with your cosmetic surgeon or medical spa. During your consultation, you’ll be able to ask all the questions you want about what dermal fillers can do, how long they’ll last, and whether they’re right for your desired outcome.
Don’t be afraid of asking too many questions! Cosmetic surgeons love to show off how much they know about a topic! And they know that informed patients are more likely to be satisfied and, therefore, more likely to come back!
These five things to know about dermal fillers should (hopefully) be enough to get you started. But for the next five things, ask your cosmetic surgeon.