Following on from my last article about fillers: ‘Fear of Filling’ – I am going to examine the different uses that fillers have. I find that people are often confused about the difference between dermal fillers and Botulinum toxin (often referred to as Botox™) and often use the terms interchangeably – hardly surprising as the popular press have a habit of doing this. They are actually completely different treatments. In simple terms fillers are used to add volume to areas where it is lacking, or to fill out deep lines.
Botulinum Toxin, on the other hand, is used to prevent the formation of deep lines in the first place. There are many companies who produce fillers. The fillers I use are made by a company called Allergan – the range is called Juvederm. I use this range because I think it is the highest quality product providing the most natural results. This product is based on hyaluronic acid which works by attracting moisture to the area. The most common areas for treatment with fillers include the cheeks, lip, chin, around the mouth and the lines that from the nose to the mouth. The amount of product needed to treat and therefore the cost, depends very much on the individual. Many people think that all problems can be resolved with 1ml of product – as I tell my clients, remember that a teaspoon holds just under 6ml, so whilst 1ml may be adequate in small areas like the lips, it may not be so in areas that have lost volume over several years. That being said, the best approach with fillers can be to break the treatments down into phases, treating with small volumes at a time. There are many myths surrounding filler treatments – as with most myths they come from people who have never experienced them.
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Myth: Botox & Fillers do the same thing
Truth: These treatments are completely different
Myth: Filler injections are painful
Truth: Whilst everyone will perceive the discomfort differently, anaesthetic creams and anaesthetic within the products mean that most people find the treatments comfortable
Myth: When you have fillers it is obvious to everyone around you
Truth: Fillers can and should be administered in such a way that everyone will notice you look fresher but they will not be able to identify why
Myth: When fillers wear off you will look worse than you did before
Truth: Fillers are broken down gradually and will leave your skin looking just how it did before you were treated
Finally here are my tips for having filler treatments:
Always schedule filler appointments for when you have a few days to yourself. It is always possible to experience swelling and even bruising following treatment, this usually subsides within a few days.
Be wary of cheap deals – think of it this way – you are buying a treatment not a product. You are paying for a practitioner with knowledge of anatomy and experience of injecting, you are not paying for a syringe of filler.
If you are over 40 you may need to have several treatments before you achieve the enhancement you are looking for, but by spreading the treatments out you can spread the cost and increase the naturalness of your results.