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Considering Dermal Fillers? 3 Questions To Ask

Your skin is your largest organ. Therefore, it is easy to see how your skin will experience changes over time. These changes may occur with age or various environmental and medical factors. Unfortunately, protecting your skin from age, the environment, or medical issues is difficult, but help is available if you are worried about the look and feel of your skin.

Dermal fillers are excellent options to consider if you want to add fullness to different areas of your face. For example, if you have thin lips, saggy areas of the face, or dark shadows/wrinkles under your eyes, dermal fillers can be beneficial. Of course, before any new treatment, full understanding is imperative. If you are considering these fillers, here are a few questions to ask first.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Before you undergo a dermal filler treatment, you need to know what is actually injected into the areas you want treated.

Hyaluronic acid is ingredient found in dermal fillers. This acid is not like the traditional acids you may be thinking of, though. Basically, hyaluronic acid is a crystalized gel-like liquid that is already present in your body. Over time, your body may lose some of this acid, resulting in joint disorders and issues that affect the look and fullness of your skin.

Although found in a variety of beauty products, injecting hyaluronic acid offers the most effective and efficient results.

What Does the Procedure Entail?

Once you understand dermal fillers and how they can improve your skin, you will most likely want to undergo the procedure. However, you do need to know what the procedure entails so you will be prepared.

One of the greatest benefits of dermal fillers is that it is a non-surgical way of improving your skin. There are a few steps involved in the procedure.

To get started, you will need to schedule a consultation which will help determine if you are a good candidate for dermal fillers and where the injections will be most beneficial. The points of the skin that will be treated will then be marked to pinpoint where the injections should occur.

The surface of the skin will then be cleaned using an antibacterial agent. This reduces the risk of infections. An anesthetic solution will be applied to the skin, as well, to numb the area before the injections are made.

When the injection is made, your skincare tech will massage the skin to distribute the filling agent throughout the area.

After you receive your dermal fillers, you may notice some slight swelling and redness, especially around the injection site. An ice pack is recommended to alleviate some of the swelling and redness, but it should subside after a short period of time.

Are Dermal Fillers the Same as Botox?

Another question you may ask is whether dermal fillers are the same as Botox. While surprising to learn, they are different, even though they are both injections that improve the look and feel of the skin.

Botox injects botulinum toxin, a chemical that freezes muscles, into the skin. This chemical diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that occur with different facial expressions.

Botox injections are effective for improving areas of the skin that show wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and other areas that show changes when making expressions. Botox injections are not ideal for anyone who has wrinkles due to sagging skin or a loss of plumpness.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, utilize a natural ingredient to add fullness to the skin in areas that have been affected over time by age. If you have sunken skin around the eyes, cheeks, or mouth and wrinkles that have developed because of this loss of fullness, dermal fillers are the answer.