If you have conspicuous facial wrinkles from depletion of collagen or a loss of elasticity, soft tissue fillers can replenish the fullness the skin has been missing to give it a smoother, thicker, firmer, and more youthful appearance. Any kind of cosmetic treatment to change your facial appearance is a personal decision that you shouldn’t make hastily—even when it comes to a minimally invasive procedure. Although facial fillers are one of the least invasive procedures available and can seem very straightforward, there are some things to know about them. It helps to have a consultation with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon before making any final decisions, be aware of what’s involved, and learn what you can do to optimize your results. Here are some things that patients who are considering facial fillers from our Philadelphia area practice should know before they decide to proceed with them.
1. Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Are Dissolvable
Did you know that if your fillers results aren’t what you imagined, it’s possible to have them reduced or reversed? An enzyme called hyaluronidase is mixed with saline solution and starts breaking down the hyaluronic acid found in Juvéderm® or Restylane® right away. Results of this appear in less than 24 hours, so you have options if you regret your decision. That said, you should know that some swelling is to be expected right after your initial filler injections, so the ultimate look won’t be apparent for several days. Give your results a chance to “settle” before deciding you don’t like them and want them reversed.
2. Some Fillers Are Longer Lasting
Although hyaluronic acid fillers generally last for six to 18 months depending on which one is used, there are some fillers—like Sculptra®—that deliver longer-lasting results. These injectables, which are known as biostimulators, gradually stimulate the body’s own, natural production of collagen, with an enhancing effect that lasts for at least two years on average. Because this collagen is built by your own body, it can’t be reversed. Some patients prefer more temporary fillers for their first go.
3. They Can’t Fix Everything
Fillers reduce the depth of wrinkles caused by aging, damage from external elements, or lifestyle choices such as smoking, but they aren’t meant for dynamic wrinkles which are linked to facial muscle contractions on the forehead, and fine crow’s feet next to the eyes. Botox treats the dynamic nature of these wrinkles. If you have more severe sagging skin that causes jowls or a double chin, fillers won’t be able to get rid of that redundant tissue. Plastic surgery would be the best choice.
Get more details on what to expect from facial fillers elsewhere on our website. Dr. Timothy Greco’s team can also provide more tips on having fillers or other cosmetic procedures. Call (610) 664-8830, or submit a contact form to request a consultation.