Dermal fillers work wonders to improve the look and feel of the skin while lessening the natural signs of aging. Dermal fillers can correct saggy skin and wrinkles with just a prick of a needle rather than an invasive surgical tactic. Although fillers are a safe and effective way to rejuvenate the skin, you should be aware of their advantages and disadvantages. Learning the pros and cons of dermal fillers can help you decide if these treatments are right for you.
- The procedure is non-surgical so it is fairly pain free and also has fewer risks than other types of skin rejuvenation treatments.
- Dermal fillers can be performed in about 30 minutes depending on how many areas are being treated.
- No anesthetic is needed since only a small, thin needle is used to inject the filler beneath the top layer of skin. However, a topical ointment may be used to temporarily numb the area prior to injection.
- Dermal fillers can erase wrinkles and fine lines to give your skin a smoother, more youthful appearance.
- As people age, they lose the volume or fat within certain areas of the face such as the chin, cheeks, temples and below the eyes. Dermal fillers can add volume to these regions to help maintain proper facial dimensions.
- Dermal fillers can also be used to add volume to the lips to plump them up.
- Saggy skin on the neck and hands can be treated with dermal fillers.
- Fillers can smooth out frown lines and marionette lines which are the smile lines on the sides of the mouth.
- Many types of dermal fillers are made of materials such as bovine collagen or hyaluronic acids which naturally occur within the human body.
- Since most dermal fillers are comprised of natural materials, there is little to no risk of an allergic reaction.
- Fillers can be used to fill-in scars such as acne, surgical, pitted or sunken by injecting the material beneath the scar.
- Since the treatment only consists of injections with a fine needle, scarring is unlikely with dermal fillers
- Post-procedural medications or downtime after injections are not needed and side effects are minimal.
- Results are usually immediate.
- Dermal fillers can help boost a person’s confidence as well as improve their overall mental health.
- In the unlikely event that you choose to reverse the results, an injection of hyaluronidase can help to dissolve many types of fillers.
- When compared to surgical procedures, dermal fillers are more cost efficient as they cost around $200 to $300 dollars per treatment
- Although the results are not permanent, certain dermal fillers can last up to 2 years or longer.
- The body will break down and naturally absorb the filler as time passes.
- Dermal fillers are not regulated in many countries so you need to be sure the cosmetic physician is competent enough to provide the treatment.
- Temporary side effects from fillers can include tenderness or bleeding at the injection site, itching, swelling, bruising and nausea.
- Side effects such as poor wound healing, infections, scarring, lumps or nodules will need to be surgically removed.
- Migration of the filler material is rare but can occur.
- Some fillers require you to avoid strenuous exercise and sun exposure.
- Allergy tests may be needed before having certain types of dermal fillers.
- If you are prone to acne flare-ups, dermal fillers may encourage an outbreak.
- Dermal fillers are temporary and additional treatments will be needed to maintain the results.
- Certain regions of the face, such as the lips, will break down the filler and absorb it quicker than other areas due to high movement.
- Some doctors may use synthetic dermal fillers which contains synthetic polylactic acid (PLA). This type of filler may require more than one session, spread out over the course of a few weeks.
- Synthetic fillers containing calcium hydroxyapatite, injected too close to the skin’s surface may cause white spots at the injection site. It can also clump and appear lumpy when injected into the lips.