Facial fillers constitute a popular cost-effective treatment that seeks to restore the volume and/or elasticity of parts of the face by means of injections. Fillers are usually made up of hylauronic acid, a gel-like liquid carbohydrate naturally found within the connective tissue of bodies. Like most advanced medical treatments, facial fillers have aroused its fair share of doubts, myths and rumours.
Let’s have a look at some of the myths surrounding facial fillers:
1. It looks artificial
Fillers need to be applied in specific target locations by certified specialists possessing an aesthetic sense, in order to give the skin a youthful and hydrated look. It goes without saying that the wrong quantity of filler or incorrect location can lead to an undesirable appearance.
2. Facial fillers are irreversible
Most available fillers are hyaluronic acid products (Juvederm(r), Voluma(r), Restylane(r), Belotero(r)). Their effects can be reversed within several days by injecting a product called “hyaluronidase”.
3. A painful process
Majority of the fillers come with numbing solution mixed into them. Doctors recommend using local anaesthesia, and applying ice or topical ointment for additional relief. The injection needles are also blunt-tipped and minimally invasive.
4. Fillers require frequent maintenance
Usually, hyaluronic acid fillers can last anywhere between 6 to 12 months, and calcium hydroxylapatite can last as long as 18 months. On the other hand, collagen injections and temporary cosmetic fillers last a shorter period of time. The frequency of repeat treatments depends on the type of filler chosen by the individual. It also depends on factors like the filler’s target area and the activity level of the person receiving it.
5. Facial fillers can substitute surgical facelift
Facial fillers can only add volume and give a sculpted appearance. Surgical facelifts in Singapore work on a broader space than facial fillers. The former removes and lifts sagging skin, while removing the excess. It also boosts deeper tissue. However, a combination of both procedures can give optimal results.
In conclusion, it could be said that facial fillers constitute a breakthrough in field of cosmetic dermatology. A little awareness – choosing the right products, getting professional help and carefully focusing on the target area – can go a long way in restoring the quality and health of a person’s face, not to mention, boost confidence and improve his or her lifestyle.