As we age, we lose subcutaneous tissue and collage, leading to the skin wrinkling and sagging – especially around the eyes, mouth, and lower face. Think of your face like a balloon that is slowly deflating. If you’ve seen it for yourself, you know how the balloon begins to get wrinkled and lose its tautness as it shrinks in size. Using fillers is like putting more air back into that balloon, returning you to a smooth and firm appearance.
To put it another way, dermal fillers are like the springs inside a mattress. Placed under the skin where things are starting to sag, they provide support to the mattress (your skin) until they dissolve.
Want to learn more about fillers? Here are a few of our most commonly asked questions:
Question: Is getting filler painful?
Answer: In most of the face, filler is not much more uncomfortable than getting Botox. Your skin will be numbed with a topical numbing cream first, and you’ll use ice during the injections. I will not lie to you – lips are a little uncomfortable, but only for about 15 minutes, which is a pretty good tradeoff for a whole year of sexiness! You will be a little sore the day you get your injections, but that only lasts for a few hours afterwards.
Question: Once you get filler, do you have to get filler forever?
Answer: You may like how your filler looks, but your face itself cannot physically get addicted to filler. Hyaluronic acid fillers are intentionally made to be temporary (lasting between six months and two years depending on what’s used and where it’s injected) and are gradually dissolved by the body, leaving nothing behind but new, healthy collagen growth.
Question: When you get injected with filler, will it be totally obvious?
Answer: The only fillers that you notice are those that are overdone or misplaced – trust me when I say that you have seen a lot more people with filler than you think you have! Many of the people you think overdid a filler actually have surgical implants. Getting an ‘overblown’ look with fillers is actually difficult because of the sheer amount of material it takes to get that look.
Question: I heard there are permanent fillers? Why isn’t everyone using them?
Answer: The most important thing to understand with fillers of any kind is that despite having injections, your face will still continue to age. Aging is a dynamic process that involves a gradual loss of bone and soft tissue across several areas of the face. As the tissue that supports our skin becomes thinner, and slides down our faces under the influence of gravity, fillers placed in the cheeks and lips that looks good when we are 50 will not look appropriate when we are 60. Permanent filler in the face leads to a face with unnatural proportions that are too big and in the wrong position as the aging process continues. One of the biggest benefits of the Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm is that it can be continually adjusted to meet the changing needs of your face.
Question: Can every line and wrinkle be treated with filler?
Answer: There’s still a misconception that filler and Botox are similar. Botox works to relax the facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles, giving a more relaxed and smooth look to skin. Fillers are mainly for lifting up and smoothing hollow areas of the face as well as fine, superficial lines that are etched into the surface skin.
Question: Can fillers prevent or pause the aging process like Botox does?
Answer: Just because you opt for fillers in your 30s, doesn’t mean you’ll stop the aging process entirely, but you may delay certain parts of it. In terms of volume, which we all lose as we get older, restoring minimal amounts along the way may help to offset a more dramatic deflated look that can appear with time. In patients who are just starting to see hollowness under their eyes, or fine lines around their lips, filler can correct the flatness and loss of definition due to aging.
Question: How often do I have to get filler done?
Answer: You have to get touched up if you plan on maintaining your look, but not as often as you’d think. It all depends on the kind of filler and where it was injected. Lips or lines around the nose and mouth usually need a touch up about every 9 months to a year, but the cheekbone area and under the eyes usually last a year or more. This is because the product breaks down much more quickly in the mouth area from frequent movement from chewing, talking, or smiling.
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