Filler Injections: Are They Right for You?

 

Filler Injectables have become quite popular in recent years. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that almost three million people sought facial filler procedures in 2017 alone. This number is at least three percent more than it was in 2016.

These days, it should not come as a surprise to see that people are turning to facial injectables because fillers are not only effective, but they are quite affordable as well and are safe for almost everyone.

As with any cosmetic procedure, to avoid risks, you should only trust professionals to do the job. At Youthful Reflections, our facial experts have years of experience with filler injections. They will take time to talk to you about your expectations and help you choose the best fillers for your needs. They will also give you thorough instructions on how to take care of your skin afterward and answer any questions you might have.  They will make sure that you know how to manage the possible side effects and take care of any issues after your procedure.

What are Facial Filler Injections?

Facial fillers typically involve naturally occurring substances that are injected into the face. Facial Fillers can be injected into facial tissues to restore volume or into creases and wrinkles in the skin to reduce the signs of aging. After the injection, you will notice that your face has become more youthful in appearance.  At Youthful Reflections, the most common reasons our patients ask for facial injections are to eliminate smile lines, eliminate acne scars, and to make the cheeks fuller.

Types of Facial Injectables

There are many different options when it comes to facial injectables, making it easy to find the best one that fits your situation.
Some of the most common injectables used today are:

• Hyaluronic acid: This active ingredient is very effective at adding volume to the face and reducing the look of wrinkles and fine lines. Juvéderm and Restylane products are some of the most popular injectables with hyaluronic acid.  

• Autologous fat injections: Also known as fat grafting, this procedure removes fat from other parts of the body and transfers it to the facial areas that require it.

• Botulinum toxin: With this procedure, the muscles on the face are paralyzed temporarily to limit muscle movements in the face that lead to wrinkling of the skin.  This reduces the appearance and reappearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

• Kybella: The active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, is an injectable material that destroys fat cells, resulting in volume reduction under the chin.  This may provide improvement in the contour of the neck.

As you can see, Youthful Reflections has many injectables from which to choose. Some patients may require a combination of different injectables to achieve the results that they desire. Dr. Boggess will talk to you about your goals and then guide you in selecting the most effective injectables to optimize results.

What are the Possible Side Effects? 

Before you begin, it is good to know the common side effects of any proposed treatment.

The following list outlines the more common reactions that you may have after facial injections. However, it should be noted that these effects may vary from patient to patient and should clear up within a week or two. Some of the side effects include:

• Redness

• Swelling

• Bruising

• Pain

• Rash

• Itching

If you do not go to a qualified doctor for an injectable treatment, there is a chance of having more extreme side effects. Also, if you do not disclose all of your health conditions, you could suffer from serious consequences. Therefore, we highly encourage you to be transparent about your health when speaking with Dr. Boggess during your consultation.

Tips on How to Face the Filler Injection Side Effects

Facial injections are generally safe, but it is common for patients to have redness, swelling, and bruising. These three side effects are often normal reactions that diminish after several hours. These reactions may take days to go away in some patients.

It is recommended to not take any over-the-counter medications such as aspirin for one week before the treatment. Some supplements should also be avoided, such as vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, and ginkgo Biloba. A few days before the treatment, you should speak to your doctor about temporarily discontinuing the use of retinoids and retinol, along with other anti-aging ingredients. After the procedure, tell your provider if you feel any discomfort. 

If you’re interested in facial filler injections, schedule your next appointment at Youthful Reflections with Dr. Michael Boggess.

Do note that Individual results may vary and may not be the same for all patients.

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