Injectable fillers and treatments took the cosmetic world by storm this year. With young celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Tana Mongeau and Ariana Grande all daunting full, pouty lips and seemingly even fuller looking faces than they did in the past, it’s no wonder the starting age for women seeking injectables has lowered dramatically. Case and point: everyone wants a glowing, youthful appearance.
Luckily, no matter what your age or background is, there are a variety of options to achieve the look you want without undergoing invasive plastic surgery. But how do you know if injectables are right for you? Below we go over criteria that can help you decide whether or not facial injectables are the right choice for you.
You are Familiar With your Options
If you are considering getting facial fillers, you should make yourself familiar with the different filler options available. There are many different types of facial fillers on the market that can be chosen depending on your unique needs and your budget. Some fillers are made from materials found naturally in the human body, while others are made from synthetic materials. Some of the most common filler options are listed below:
1. Hyaluronic acid – Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin that helps keep skin plump and hydrated. These types of fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, lasting six to 12 months or longer before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles. Some FDA approved HA fillers include Juvéderm products, Restylane products and Belotero Balance.
2. Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) – Calcium hydroxylapatite is also a naturally occurring substance found primarily in bones. The consistency of a CaHA filler is thicker than that of a hyaluronic acid filler and usually last longer as well, about 12 months for most patients. Calcium hydroxylapatite is also reported to help stimulate natural collagen production, and it is typically used for deeper lines and wrinkles. FDA approved CaHA fillers include Radiesse.
3. Poly-L-lactic Acid – Poly-L-lactic acid is a biodegradable synthetic substance that is safe for the body. The main function of poly-L-lactic acid products is to smooth fine lines is by helping your skin rebuild natural collagen. The filler gel itself dissipates a few days after treatment. Poly-L-lactic acid results can last more than two years. FDA approved Poly-L-lactic acid fillers include Sculptra Aesthetic.
4. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) – Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is a synthetic, biocompatible substance that contains collagen. In dermal fillers, PMMA takes the form of a tiny ball under the skin that remains there indefinitely to provide continued support. FDA approved PMMA fillers include Bellafill.
You are Noticing Fine Lines You Want to Smooth Out
Though there is absolutely no need to go running out for fillers before you even see your first wrinkle, people are starting treatments younger than ever before. However, if you are very young, using sunscreen and retinols can put off the need for fillers until you are older.
Otherwise, if you are beginning to notice deeper folds on your face or see that your once-prominent cheekbones are beginning to deflate, it might be time to start considering fillers. The nasolabial folds, or the deep lines that form next to your mouth, are one of the first areas that begin to deepen as you age. These folds can greatly benefit from fillers.
You Want to Plump up a Specific Feature on your Face
While many patients choose to get fillers to give them an overall younger appearance, others are more interested in specific parts of their face. One of the most popular locations for filler injections is the lips. When done by a trained doctor or aesthetician, lip fillers can you give you the look of fuller, plumper lips with minimal downtime.
You Know what to Expect After your Injections
After your injections, you will likely experience an array of temporary side effects and some discomfort. While the effects shouldn’t last too long, it helps to have an idea of what to expect beforehand. You may experience any number of the following symptoms after getting any of the aforementioned injectables:
Before you receive your fillers, you will likely be offered a topical anesthetic to help numb the area being treated and block out pain from the injection. This cream helps a lot and should be taken if you are looking to minimize pain. The numbing cream’s effect will likely last a few hours, so you may leave the doctor’s office feeling like you left the dentist. But don’t worry – this feeling will minimize soon.
2. Mild Pain
Even though the numbing cream will block out most of the pain of your injections for you, as this wears off, you may be left with some stinging and slight pain. Any significant pain can be reduced with over-the-counter pain killers. But most patients report their pain being a minor inconvenience rather than something to really worry about.
3. Swelling and Inflammation
Because the injections involve a small needle going under the surface of your skin, you will likely experience some swelling and inflammation for about 48 to 72 hours after your injections. The actual material injected into your skin also initially causes some inflammation.
With minimal pain and downtime, injectable fillers are a great option for patients looking for a quick boost to their look. Fillers also only last about six to nine months. This means if you are curious, you can try them out without the fear of undergoing a permanent transformation!
Ask your Mia Aesthetics representative about adding on injectable fillers to your surgical procedure.