Dermal fillers like the ever popular:
- Restylane® Lyft
are made from a substance known as Hyaluronic acid which is also found naturally in the skin.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) does its work – plumping out your facial skin and thereby removing wrinkles – because it restores moisture.
Unfortunately, your natural amounts of hyaluronic acid decline with aging.
But a visit to a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist:
- Adds facial volume
- reduces wrinkles
for three to six months, after which you must repeat the injections to keep up the look.
Some research suggests that HA even ramps up your own collagen production.
While a few patients will overdo an already good thing and end up with:
- “Duck lips”
- “Trout pout”
but the everyday results should look natural.
So instead of seeing on your face new facial fillers, others will notice something different and positive about you, like:
- a vacation
- an exciting new job or promotion
- an exercise program
- a new romance
but they can’t put a finger on the exact improvement.
It may be apparent to many in the world of facial fillers that good results are dependent on what’s known in medicine as “provider dependent.”
That means there are so-so, good, and great injectors.
While the general public is now much more open to having facial fillers, who does the injections really matters.
- Look at before and after pictures of past patients
- Ask friends with great facial results for the name of their doctor.
It’s important because fillers can also have downsides like:
in case the injector is ham-handed.
Which brings us to another benefit of facial fillers:
- If you don’t like the look, you can ask for it to be dissolved with a special injectable enzyme.
Besides containing hyaluronic acid, various fillers have differing particle sizes in their chemical makeup. For instance:
- Restylane® Lyft has large particle sizes and can, say, build up thinned cheekbones.
- Restylane® Silk has smaller particle size; and is better for treating fine lines or plumping lips.
An experienced injector knows where filler particle sizes best go.
Times not to have facial filler injections include:
- Pregnancy or breast feeding
- During sinus infections
- Any facial infection
- Before teeth cleaning or any dental treatment
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