Injectable fillers are a popular choice for people who want a softer, younger-looking appearance without extensive cosmetic surgery. Whether you’re looking for plump lips, fuller cheeks, or a more defined chin, injectables are commonly used to add fullness to skin that is suffering from sagging or volume loss. To help you decide if injectable fillers are the right option for you, the talented staff at Body+Beauty Lab in Philadelphia, PA put together a list of the most common questions and answers about this in-office treatment. Read below to learn more.
1. What are injectable fillers?
As people age, they become susceptible to wrinkles, sagging skin, cellulite, and loss of volume in the face, neck, hands, thighs, and other parts of the body. Injectable fillers are administered to rejuvenate these areas by safely and efficiently “filling in” the creases and folds. Some of the more well-known fillers are Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Voluma®, and Radiesse®, Sculptra®.
2. What areas can be treated with injectable fillers?
Many visible signs of aging are traced back to the loss of volume in the facial tissues. Injectable fillers are used to perform a variety of tasks, improving the following:
Smile lines or marionette lines
Vertical lines between the eyebrows
Wrinkles in the chin
Other injections are designed to increase volume in the cheeks, hands, and other areas for a more youthful look. For more information on the various areas that can be improved with fillers, schedule a consultation with the trained and experienced medical professionals at Body+Beauty Lab in Philadelphia, PA.
3. Are Injectable fillers permanent? How long do they last?
While injectable fillers are not permanent, the effects can be long-lasting. Depending on the treatment received, you may need to return to the clinic for a touch-up. For example, Juvéderm® is a dermal filler that acts as a cushion under the skin, adding volume and smoothing wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. It can be used in multiple areas of the face, such as around the mouth, cheeks, nose, and forehead. The results of Juvéderm are typically visible for as long as a year, and in some cases, can last even longer.
Voluma® is used for fuller, younger-looking cheeks and can last as long as two years. During your consultation at Body+Beauty Lab in Philadelphia, PA, your injector will let you know how long the results will last depending on the injectable treatment received and when to schedule your next visit to maintain your new look.
4. Do injectable fillers hurt?
The idea of getting a filler may seem scary since it requires the use of a needle. The pain associated with injectables depends on the location, such as under the eyes, cheeks, and lips. While many experience a mild discomfort, a practitioner will usually apply a numbing cream or mix their treatment with lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to help relieve any pain. Please inform your injector if you are allergic to lidocaine or other ingredients. While it is rare to experience unusual pain or a concerning side effect, these should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately.
5. Will the results look natural?
Due to advancements in cosmetic technology, there is virtually no reason why an injectable filler wouldn’t look completely natural. While many patients have a fear of looking “fake”, a qualified specialist such as the professionals at Body+Beauty Lab in Philadelphia, PA will be able to achieve a natural-looking result by appropriately measuring the amount of product required.
6. Do injectable fillers cause side effects?
While fillers are an excellent tool for fuller lips or a more defined chin, any cosmetic treatment can have potential side effects. It’s best to discuss these with a medical professional depending on your medical history and the injectable you receive. The most common side effects include mild redness, tenderness, or swelling of the treatment site but can typically be camouflaged with cosmetics. Please keep in mind that fillers must be injected by a licensed professional with extensive training, such as those at Body+Beauty Lab.
7. Are patients satisfied with the results of injectables?
It’s important to have a discussion with a specialist to know what results are realistic from your choice of injectables in your unique situation. While injectable fillers will not produce the same result as surgical treatment, patients of Body+Beauty Lab in Philadelphia, PA are generally satisfied with the way they look afterward. Most injectable fillers last for months, or a year or more.
8. How do I prepare for an injectable filler?
Most skilled injectors advise patients to avoid products with blood-thinning properties for several days before and after their treatment, such as aspirin, to reduce the risk of bleeding or bruising. At Body+Beauty Lab, we ask that you closely follow your injector’s guidelines while preparing for your injection as well as aftercare. The experts at Body+Beauty Lab in Philadelphia, PA will provide you with a specific set of instructions tailored to your treatment.
About Body+Beauty Lab
Injectable fillers are ideal for adults of all ages who want to soften hard lines for a radiant, youthful appearance. Led by a professional team of medical estheticians, Body+Beauty Lab offers exceptional treatments for the skin and body. If you want to schedule a consultation to achieve a flawless complexion, contact our facility in Philadelphia, PA for a custom analysis and assessment today.