With CNY coming, all of us want to look and feel our very best. Dermal filler procedures become highly popular during this time to help us enhance our features, and bring our best face forward. But before you go and get your botox or filler fix, here are 4 important things you need to know.
There are basically 2 main types of dermal fillers.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers – Restylane, Juvederm, Boletero, Teosyal
Semi permanent dermal fillers – Radiesse, Ellanse, Sculptra
1.Are dermal fillers safe and effective?
Dermal fillers have been FDA approved for the FACIAL Volume restoration for more than 20 years. Numerous level 1 evidence papers can be found, demonstrating its efficacy in the face. Worldwide, there have been more than 50 million dermal filler treatments performed. Hence it’s efficacy is without doubt. Regarding safety, it is safe in experienced hands. Do scroll down to the end of this page to learn about the risks.
2. Will I look worse than before once I stop fillers / botox/ threadlift treatments? Will my face age faster, sag faster etc?
This is a myth. Your face will return to its original state. Fillers and botox will not accelerate ageing. Ageing is a dynamic process that remains unchanged.
3. Why are there so many different dermal fillers in the market?
Sculpting your face with dermal fillers is like painting a work of art. Just as a Picasso uses different colour paint to work his magic, I use different types of fillers to bring out your features in different parts of your face.
Ultra light dermal fillers are great for hydration – restylane vital light, redensity 1
Soft dermal fillers are excellent for undereye and lips.
Firm dermal fillers work best for chin and nose.
A mid density dermal filler would be perfect for the cheeks.
4. Will I look better the more dermal fillers I put into my face?
Let me explain with scientific and mathematical model. Allow me to introduce to you the bell-shaped curve, something we come across as a student.
F: You start doing dermal fillers. You can some results.
D: You do more dermal fillers, You can see better results.
C: You combine fillers, with botox and threadlift. You get optimum results.
B: You do abit too much dermal fillers, and results dip.
A: You overload on dermal fillers and botox, and you get awful, unnatural results.
So in summary, you want to be at the peak of the curve, the C portion where your aesthetic treatments give you optimum results. If you over-do things, then yes, you end up with the media worthy Hollywood phenomenon. I call it the REVENGE OF THE PILLOW- FACE.
Fillers when overdone
Chin: Witch-like chin
Forehead: Luohan fish
Nose: The infamous Avatar
Cheeks: Chipmunk face or Pillow face
So remember, it is important to know when to stop. Aesthetic treatments can get rather addictive haha.
One interesting fact:
- Traditionally, botox lasts 3 months.
- Fillers last 6- 12 months depending on the brand and model.
- Over the years, I have had patients telling me they only need to do botox every 6 months, and fillers every 18 months, all because they have been maintaining their treatments.
As mentioned in the earlier part of this article, dermal fillers need to be performed in experienced hands.
So I hope this has been helpful.
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