21 January 2017

Dermal Fillers: What You Need to Know

By Juanita Swindell

Whether it's deep wrinkles or that scar you got from a really nasty fall, or even a surgical scar, there are some things about your body you wish you could make go away. Dermal fillers may be the answer. No, they're not another form of Botox, although as you will see they are intended to reach the same result.

How It Works

Unlike Botox, dermal fillers don't paralyze your muscles to achieve the appearance of smoother skin. They literally fill in the crease, line, or area similar to how you inflate a balloon by filling it with air.

What Fillers are The Most Popular?

One of the most common dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid - this is an umbrella term for a variety of different fillers, all of which work in slightly different ways and thus have varying results.
Another category is collagen, which you're likely already familiar with due to reports of it being used in other cosmetic procedures.

There are also autologous fillers, the most common of which use fat and the less common uses platelet-rich plasma injections (you may hear the term "vampire lift" in reference to these).
You may also want to consider a synthetic filler, one which was developed in a laboratory and is not related to anything you find naturally in the skin.

While new developments have led to improvements in dermal fillers, reducing the chance of allergic reaction and making these injections more useful to a broader range of people, please note that none of these have been rated as "completely safe."

What are the side effects?

As with anything that falls under the category of "invasive procedures," dermal fillers carry their own set of side effects, and these may vary depending on which type of filler you decide on. Some can occur with any type of filler, mainly swelling, bruising, and reddening of the skin around the injection site.

Allergic reactions are associated with collagen fillers, particularly those sourced from cows. You may see or feel tiny bumps or nodules under the skin. These will either go away on their own eventually or more rarely, will require surgery to remove. In very rare cases, skin cells may die if fillers are not used the right way; there have also been reports of blindness and nerve paralysis. It's also worth noting that synthetic fillers, when used incorrectly, carry a real risk of disfigurement.

Perhaps the most important factor to consider is how long the results of a filler will last. The fillers which are the most effective and last the longest are also the most likely to cause side effects.

If you're wondering if dermal fillers are right for you, make an appointment with True-MD. We'll help you get that smoother, younger-looking skin you've been dreaming of! Also check out our new Blog Post on Dermal Fillers for Smoother Skin.

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