They don’t call it baby soft skin for nothing!
A major hallmark of youth is firm, smooth skin with enough volume to fill out and support the face. But baby soft smoothness doesn’t last forever.
One of the first things age does is rob our skin of collagen, the structural protein essential for keeping the skin firm, supple, and vibrant. Aging reduces the production of new collagen in the skin while existing collagen begins to break down. That’s when we start to see folds and fine lines. Facial fat — also known as “buccal fat” — also starts fading, leaving the face looking hollow, tired, and haggard over time.
Facial fillers are an extremely popular, nearly instant, non-invasive way to restore what time has taken away. They introduce subtle volume into the face and are most often used to fill in wrinkles, folds, and fine lines, specifically “static” wrinkles caused by volume loss rather than repetitive facial movements. Common areas treated with fillers include the deep folds between the nose and cheek, wrinkles extending down from the mouth, and for plumping up the cheek area. Facial fillers also work well for natural-looking lip augmentation.
The effects of fillers generally last from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the type of injectable, the individual brand and formula, and the area treated. Patients love the quick and convenient treatment process that involves minimal discomfort, and the instant, confidence-boosting results of the procedure. A patient can repeat the injection process at intervals to maintain results.
Fillers are made of different materials, but the most common is hyaluronic acid, a “sugar” found naturally in the skin. Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin and lends volume to areas experiencing volume loss, resulting in natural rejuvenation of the facial skin.
If you’re curious about facial filler treatments, schedule a consultation in Miami with our Medical Director Dr. Alvarez or another of our mia Aesthetics surgeons. The doctor will listen to your goals and go over the different types of filler options to help you decide which treatment is best for you.
If you have aesthetic concerns that cannot be addressed with fillers, the doctor can design a more extensive treatment plan. Fillers are routinely used in conjunction with injectables like Botox or Dysport.
Be sure to bring specific questions and voice any concerns you may have about fillers to your consultation. This is your opportunity to get to know your doctor and become fully educated on how these fillers are used and how you want them to be used on you.
Facial fillers are extremely safe and most people who are concerned about age-related facial volume loss, wrinkling, or overly-thin lips with poor contour make good patients. Candidates should be healthy adults with realistic expectations for the results fillers can give them. An individual’s candidacy is determined during the consultation.
The treatment itself is straightforward. Most patients do not require anesthesia, though a topical numbing agent may be used if desired to make the procedure more comfortable.
Your mia Aesthetics surgeon will use a fine needle to carefully inject the chosen filler into the face, taking care to contour the treated areas to the patient’s liking. Once this process is complete, the procedure is over. No bandages or sutures are needed.
Patients can go home or even back to work afterwards.
Because the procedure is non-invasive, there is no recovery time for injectable fillers. Patients can resume normal activities right away, and there should be no activity restrictions for exercise or other strenuous activities, except when specified by the plastic surgeon. Some doctors may recommend avoiding extreme heat or not engaging in vigorous exercise for a 24-hour period. Be sure to ask your doctor if you should observe any minor restrictions immediately after receiving an injectable filler.
Minor side effects may include swelling, bruising, and redness at the site of the injection, particularly for treatments like lip augmentation. These side effects should subside within several days and pose no risk to patients.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
While it might seem like an easy task, administering facial fillers actually takes a great deal of skill and finesse to give each patient beautifully natural results. Some medical professionals who are not in aesthetic fields (such as dentists) are certified to perform aesthetic injections, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get the results you want. Choosing the most convenient or cheap option may come at its own price.
For your safety and to achieve the very best results, seek a reputable plastic surgeon — someone with the knowledge and expertise to listen to what you want and translate it into top-notch results. A skilled plastic surgeon will tailor the procedure to your needs and your face, and can adjust tactics later on if necessary. Do your research and meet with a few doctors before you make a decision, because it’s your one and only face. You want to find a doctor you can trust with it.
Facial Filler FAQs
Which filler is right for me?
Talk to a qualified plastic surgeon about which specific filler formula is right for you. Everyone’s needs are slightly different, and it’s important to come up with a custom treatment plan with an expert who understands precisely how these fillers work to maximize your results.
Can fillers be combined with other treatments?
Absolutely. Many patients elect to have other procedures to address problems such as “dynamic” wrinkles (formed by repetitive facial movements), sun damage, dull skin, and much more. Be sure to bring up all of your aesthetic goals during your consultation so you and your surgeon can decide how to proceed. Some treatments can be done on the same day, while others may require separate appointments. You can also choose a conservative approach, adding on a new treatment as you get comfortable and excited about the results you’re experiencing.
Does lip augmentation with fillers feel natural?
Hyaluronic acid fillers produce beautiful lip augmentation results that feel extremely natural. There are now special filler formulas made especially for lip enhancement that give patients excellent results and long-lasting enhancement.
What are the differences between fillers?
Each filler brand has various available formulas, and the differences may be as small as being optimized for a particular area or as large as using a different material for the base. Common filler brands include Juvederm, Restylane, Belotaro, Sculptra, and Radiesse. Skilled plastic surgeons are well-informed on the pros and cons of each formula and will walk you through the options.
Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to fillers?
It depends. It is possible for certain fillers to produce an allergic reaction in some patients, but this is extremely rare, and your surgeon will go over your medical history carefully before selecting a product for you. It is important to be clear and upfront about any allergies or sensitivities you may have, for your own safety.