Everything You Need To Know About Fillers

I stand by the mantra 'your beauty, your rules'. As women, we are under pressure to look perfect but not DO anything to alter our bodies. Alterations and cosmetic treatments are considered vain by society. But if you are looking into fillers then learn as much as you can so you can get this procedure done safely. Botox does nothing to counter the effects of volume loss - so this is where the powerful anti-ageing tool, fillers, come in. 

Fillers are a popular way to improve fine lines, make the skin appear plumper, and give a more youthful look. You can even do facial contouring - facial contouring is the name given when a combination of different dermal filler procedures are used together in order to create a makeup-free contour to the face. Most fillers are based on hyaluronic acid thus fillers can replenish your body's natural production of hyaluronic acid, The results of fillers can be seen for six to twenty four months. If you're unhappy with the way your filler looks, do not panic. Your doctor can add filler to balance it out or dissolve it altogether. 

The perception of an attractive face is largely subjective so when getting fillers, you need to be clear about what results you desire. For instance, some women want slightly bigger natural-looking lips while other women want big, pillowy lips. If know you want to see a really big difference right away, you need to voice that, especially because many most doctors want their work to look hyper-natural.

There are so many different areas that fillers can treat. Over time, the bone around our eyes widens which leads to the eye hollowing and cheeks flattening. The bones of the central face rotate back and downwards which means there is less bone for the skin to sit on so the tissues then become too large for the bone and wrinkles become more visible. As you age, the cheeks may flatten which is caused by natural loss of volume in the cheek area.  Fillers can also be used to smooth out deep under-eye circles because we know that at a certain point - no concealer is going to cover those dark hollow circles. Other common areas to be treated are the nasolabial folds, the chin and jawline. 

Complications are a numbers game. Things can and do happen - even in the best hands. The risks can be mitigated by having a physician that knows their stuff. Doctors must have extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, as well as the required training and experience. Positioning of the fillers is crucial - doctors have stopped looking at wrinkles and sagging skin in isolation and are considering how volume loss in one area affects others. Plus it is important to choose a practitioner that will support you after the procedure in the case of side effects. 

Some of the risks for fillers include: vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring. Vascular occlusions can lead to necrosis (tissue death), blindness and scarring.

If you experience some swelling, do not panic. Pretty much everybody who gets dermal filler injected into their face - gets swelling. The lip area is quite notorious for swelling - the lip will swell up even if there is nothing in the needle as this area is so reactive. 

By very wary of permanent and semi-permanent fillers because they cause significant problems when they become infected or they induce an inflammatory response.

Just because you have a lump or contour irregularity - it does not mean that you have a granuloma.  Granulomas are red, firm papules, nodules or plaques that occur months or years after filler injections. 

Remember that there are risks so seeing a licensed medical practitioner is important when getting this treatments. 

Excessive use of fillers can lead to skin sagging, from being excessively stretched, as well as, lip wrinkling and a disturbance to the facial fat pads. We’ve all seen people look puffy-faced from excess filler like many celebrities.

Hyaluronic Acid is able to “pull” water so think about adding to the area in a week or two. You can always add to the area a week or two later if more fullness is desired. Subtle improvement over time is the safest option with filler as results should slowly be achieved over time.

A big issue with fillers is body dysmorphia. It has become normal for people to want to look like an airbrushed Instagram model in real life. 

My philosophy with fillers is that I believe women should use them to restore their natural look. So many people want to change their look completely and end up looking like a chipmunk.

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With more woman than ever opting to change their bodies - I have endeavoured to give my honest opinion on cosmetic treatments and surgery as there are too many cowboy cosmetic salesmen trying to steal your hard-earned cash. After working in the plastic surgery industry, I got to see behind the hospital doors and see into the lives of the surgeons, the nurses and the patients. 

Because of the explosion in interest in cosmetic procedures – there has been an explosion in money hungry business people that don’t have patient interests at heart. Patients have been commodified. If you are a business-minded cosmetic doctor - you are going to sell that person everything you possibly can whether they need it or not, regardless of any other circumstance. 

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