Dermal fillers aren't the same as neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport. The latter type "freezes" muscles to reduce wrinkles, while fillers smooth out skin by filling wrinkles. Collagen used to be a common filler, but these days most fillers, such as Restylane and Juvéderm, use hyaluronic acid. Thanks to its ability to store moisture, hyaluronic acid is responsible for giving skin a plump, hydrated look. It's used topically to moisturize, but a cream or serum can't restore lost volume—only injectable hyaluronic acid can. Once injected it can add to the natural plumping action, or replenish your body's natural production of hyaluronic acid, which diminishes as you age. One of the reasons injectable hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are increasingly popular is their ability to add volume and decrease wrinkles with a single session. Research suggests that HA injections may stimulate collagen production, leading to fresher-looking skin in the long run. Trout pout and duck lips are a surefire sign of filler. But when expertly injected, filler should look natural and practically indistinguishable from natural facial features.
The fillers are used to smooth out skin where wrinkles are present, or when clients want to make their cheeks look fuller, while the same can be said for multiple parts of the face. Once the fillers are injected in the skin, they will occupy the previously empty volume under the skin(causing wrinkles) or add to the volume of a specific part of the face(e.g. the cheeks, jaw line, etc.), enhancing the facial features and boosting skin freshness and hydration by storing moisture.
The results of the fillers are visible immediately after injection. Results typically last for three to six months, depending on the location of the injection. The treatment can be repeated after the results of the previous treatment are diminished or weakened.
Though fillers are considered safe, there are a few reasons to postpone an injection. If you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or you're battling a sinus infection, it's best to hold off, as any infection in the facial area could spread to the injection site. And here's one more you might not think about: Don't get filler right before a teeth cleaning or other dental treatment. These procedures require pressure and stretching of the face that could potentially misplace fillers. Waiting at least a few days, or preferably a week, is ideal.
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