Your All-In-One Guide To Dermal Fillers: Myths, Usage And Aftercare

Dermal fillers are widely used in face treatments. It can be used to reverse and reduce the effects of aging or to sculpt a more desirable face shape. The rise in their popularity comes as no surprise due to the efficacy of treatment.

Dermal fillers myths and concerns

But as with most aesthetic treatments and products, there are bound to be concerns and even myths surrounding them. Dermal fillers are not excluded. Let’s look at the truth behind three common myths or concerns.

#1 They say: If we use fillers repeatedly, our body will not be able to get rid of the fillers. It will stay in our body and become toxic.

We say: It is definitely not true. The most popular filler worldwide is hyaluronic acid. It is a compound found naturally in our body and is in charge of retaining water to hydrate the skin. We continuously produce new hyaluronic acid and break down the old into metabolites to be removed from the body. Fillers are therefore not toxic.

#2 They say: Will the skin around the area where the filler is injected be stretched so much that when the effect wears off, my skin will be overstretched and start to sag?

We say: The amount of filler that we inject is normally between 1 to 3ml, which is spread out over several treatment areas. The intent is to enhance the curve we want to enhance and smoothen out wrinkles we want to reduce. The amount that we use is therefore insignificant compared to the actual volume within the face. Moreover, skin elasticity is more related to loss of collagen as a result of age and sun damage than anything else. Therefore protecting your skin with plenty of sunblock and avoiding excessive sun exposure is more important than anything else.

#3 They say: Nose fillers may move down to the sides of the nose, causing the nose to look bigger than it was originally.

We say: It can occasionally happen if too much filler is injected or if the filler is not suitable for the nose. Check with your doctor on the filler most appropriate for the treatment area. Certain fillers, like Radiesse, have minimal propensity to migrate. But in the rare instance that the filler migrates, there is a dissolving agent that we can use to dissolve the migrated hyaluronic acid filler.

If you are interested to learn more about dermal fillers and the truth behind more myths, check out our educational video “A walk with Halley: 5 dermal filler myths and facts”.

Now that we got the myths and concerns sorted out, let’s look at where they can be applied.

Face shaping or 3D projection

Dermal fillers are used by doctors to contour and sculpt the face, enhancing certain features to make the face more attractive. Fillers may also be used to plump up certain areas to reduce awkward angles and shadows on the face – things which affect the overall aesthetic of a person’s face. Doctors may use it with other complementary treatments like Botox® and Ultherapy to achieve an even greater effect.

Anti-aging

Another common application for dermal fillers is in the battle against aging. Fillers are very useful for plumping up age-related sagginess and wrinkles due to lax skin and facial volume loss. Doctors typically treat the cheeks, under-eye area, temples and smile lines to reverse age-related changes.

What happens during treatment and post treatment care

Now that you’ve got your concerns and questions on the usage of dermal fillers out of the way, you may well find yourself waiting anxiously in the doctor’s reception area wondering what’s going to happen next.

After cleasing your face off make-up and grime, a layer of numbing cream will be applied on the treatment area. Once the numbing effect takes place, the cream will be removed and a cold pack may be placed to numb the area further. At Halley, the doctor will use a micro-cannula method to inject the filler. This method ensures the filler can be applied evenly with minimal pain or chance of bruising.

Normal daily activities can be resumed after treatment but do take note of the following:

#1: If possible, try not to touch the treated area or apply make-up for five hours. This is to reduce the risk of injection-site infection.

#2: You should avoid strenuous exercise and pressing on treated areas for two days following treatment. Light washing of the face and make-up is fine.

#3: If you experience any bruising after treatment, you should avoid alcohol consumption, Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (i.e. painkillers) such as Mefenamic Acid (Ponstan) and Naproxen (Synflex). For patients with Halley, you may apply our Brillance Super Recovery Cream to minimise bruising.

#4: Mild swelling up to one week after treatment is possible. Generally, no treatment is necessary for this. Paracetamol (Panadol) can be taken for any discomfort that may occur.

 

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