Cosmetic Fillers:  Separating Fact from Fiction

Cosmetic Fillers: Separating Fact from Fiction

Apr '17

Cosmetic fillers are the second most popular minimally invasive procedure in 2016 as reported by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, surpassed only by neuromodulators such as Dysport, Botox and Xeomin. Fillers are used to treat wrinkles like “parenthesis lines” or “marionette lines”, volume loss in the cheeks and lip rejuvenation, to name a few. If you’re considering a treatment with an injectable filler this is a must-read. SkinCenter wants to separate facts from myth with this discussion of five common misconceptions about fillers.

Common Misconception #1: Injectable Fillers Are Painful

Actually, they don’t have to be! Some of these products, like Restylane L or Juvederm Ultra Plus XC are made with a numbing agent like lidocaine within their formulation. This minimizes discomfort. Cooling the tissue at the injection site before and after the treatment can alleviate discomfort and also reduce any swelling.

Misconception #2: You Will Look Expressionless

Many people fear looking “frozen” after treatment. Not so, if an experienced physician or a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist treats you! If subtle results are your goal, it’s no problem. Fillers are injected into the skin to smooth out facial creases, restore lost volume and even to give a ‘lift’ to the area. They do not suppress muscle action, so SkinCenter patients report the ability to animate normally and looking natural afterwards, just minus the creases and folds!

Misconception #3: Results Are Not Seen Immediately

Results can be seen quickly with the use of most fillers, including Hyaluronic acid fillers, especially Restylane and Calcium-based fillers such as Radiesse. You can leave the office looking and feeling rejuvenated right away!

Misconception #4: You Can Achieve the Same Results with Creams

While there are some very good quality skin care products out on the market that can improve the look of your skin, those topical applications will not yield the noticeable and immediate results that a filler can achieve. The use of SPF will help in the long run but for damage already done and for skin laxity that comes with gravity and time, fillers are the treatment of choice.

Misconception #5: Anyone Can Perform a Filler Procedure

It may be tempting to go to your local Westchester spa, salon, or Groupon injector for one of these treatments. However, we recommend that a treatment with filler is a medical procedure and best performed by medical personnel in a medical setting. A trained and experienced Medical Doctor or Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist with expertise in cosmetic procedures should administer filler for best results. They will know which product is optimal for your particular aesthetic concern and have the extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and physiology to achieve the correct results. SkinCenter would recommend a product like Belotero for very fine lines such as the vertical lines on the mouth or may suggest Restylane Lyft or Voluma if cheek enhancement is your goal.

Call SkinCenter today to schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our experts and see which Cosmetic Filler is right for you.

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