- 1. The most popular dermal fillers are made of a natural sugar molecule we already have in our skin and joints called hyaluronic acid.
- 2. In addition to volumizing, dermal fillers also likely stimulate collagen production, which helps maintain healthy, vibrant looking tissues.
- 3. Hyaluronic acid fillers attract water, so filler treatments result in more hydrated, moisturized skin.
- 4. Lesser-known areas of the face that can be markedly improved with fillers include smoker’s lines above the lips, acne scars and volume in the temples (hollow temples make faces look gaunt and aged).
- 5. Dermal fillers aren’t just for faces – hands can also be improved by dermal fillers.
- 6. Dermal fillers aren’t just for women! Increasingly, men are seeking treatment with fillers, often to reduce the look of jowls, puppet lines and under eye hollows.
- 7. One of the most popular myths about dermal fillers is that they give huge “chipmunk cheeks” – people who wind up with overly large cheeks or lips after filler have likely had the wrong choice of product injected with poor technique, in too large quantities. When injected by an experienced expert, in proper proportions, people often cannot tell that a patient has been treated with filler.
- 8. There are several manufacturers of high-quality dermal fillers, which include Juvéderm®, Belotero®, Teosyal®, and many others. There is no one product that is “best.” Rather, an experienced injector will choose different products from different lines for different purposes to optimize results. For example, only a very thin product should be used under eyes or above lips to avoid puffiness.
- 9. Deep glabellar lines can be improved with filler. When people think about treating frown lines (eleven lines) they most often turn to BOTOX® injections. It’s true that BOTOX is the first treatment for dynamic lines (lines formed from muscle contractions as when frowning). However, when frown lines are very deep, BOTOX alone is sometimes not enough to achieve the desired improvement. In those cases, adding filler into the eleven lines can further erase those lines. Combining filler with other treatments like BOTOX, laser treatments, facials or ultrasound treatments like Ultherapy can yield the best cosmetic results.
- 10. If you have a faint blueish area of skin after having been treated with filler, chances are you need treatment with hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks hyaluronic acid down. When filler is placed a bit too close to the surface of the skin, it can give something called a “tyndall” effect – this means it appears slightly blue under bright light. Hyaluronidase can easily get rid of this effect, though it may require more than one treatment to completely get rid of it.
If you are interested in consultation for filler or filler correction, contact us at (905) 273-3045 or request a consultation online.
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