Frequently Asked Questions
Dermal fillers work by injecting a gel-like substance beneath the skin’s surface to add volume, fill wrinkles, and enhance facial features. The filler material plumps the area, creating a smoother and more youthful appearance, and can also stimulate collagen production for longer-lasting results, depending on the type of filler used.
The timing of when you will see results from dermal filler injections can vary depending on several factors, including the type of filler used, the area treated, and your individual response to the treatment. However, in general:
Immediate Results: You will typically notice some immediate improvement in the treated area, such as increased volume or reduced wrinkles, right after the filler injection. This is due to the physical presence of the filler material.
Optimal Results: The full and optimal results may take a few days to a couple of weeks to become apparent. This is because the filler may settle into place and any swelling or bruising from the injections may subside during this time.
Long-Term Effects: Some fillers, especially those containing hyaluronic acid, may continue to improve over time as they stimulate the production of collagen, which can lead to longer-lasting effects.
It’s essential to have realistic expectations about the results and be patient during the initial healing period. If you have any concerns or questions about the progress of your treatment, it’s advisable to follow up with your Relive health center for a check-up or adjustments if necessary. Keep in mind that individual experiences can vary, and your practitioner can provide you with more specific information based on your treatment plan.
Dermal fillers are generally safe when administered by skilled professionals using approved products, with common side effects like temporary bruising and swelling. However, potential risks, including allergic reactions, infection, or more serious complications, exist but are rare and can be minimized with proper care and expertise.
The duration of the effects of dermal fillers can vary depending on the type of filler used and individual factors, but on average, they typically last anywhere from several months to over a year. Some hyaluronic acid fillers may provide results for 6 to 18 months, while longer-lasting fillers like calcium hydroxylapatite or poly-L-lactic acid can last up to two years or more. Your healthcare provider can give you a more specific estimate based on the filler type, the treatment area, and your body’s natural metabolism.
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While dermal fillers are generally safe and effective for many individuals, there are certain groups of people who should exercise caution or avoid the use of fillers. Those who should not use fillers or should be very cautious include:
- Pregnant or Nursing Women: It’s generally recommended that pregnant or breastfeeding women avoid cosmetic procedures, including dermal fillers, to ensure the safety of both the mother and the baby.
- Individuals with Allergies: If you have a known allergy or sensitivity to the ingredients in the filler, you should avoid its use. Discuss any allergies with your healthcare provider before the procedure.
- Active Skin Infections: Individuals with active skin infections or open wounds in the treatment area should not receive dermal fillers until the condition has resolved to prevent the risk of spreading the infection.
- Autoimmune Disorders: People with certain autoimmune conditions, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, should use caution when considering dermal fillers, as their immune system may react differently to foreign substances.
- Bleeding Disorders: If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood-thinning medications, you may be at a higher risk of excessive bleeding or bruising from the injections. Your healthcare provider can advise you on the best course of action.
- Recent Surgery or Cosmetic Procedures: It’s advisable to wait until you have fully healed from any recent surgical or cosmetic procedures before considering dermal fillers to minimize the risk of complications.
- Young Age: Dermal fillers are typically recommended for individuals over a certain age, often in their late twenties or older. Young individuals may not be suitable candidates for fillers, as their skin and facial structure may still be developing.
- Unrealistic Expectations: Those with unrealistic expectations or motivations for undergoing the procedure, such as pressure from others or body dysmorphic disorder, should consider alternative options or consult with a mental health professional.
It’s crucial to have a thorough consultation with a qualified healthcare professional before undergoing dermal filler treatment to discuss your medical history, expectations, and any potential contraindications. Your provider can assess your suitability for the procedure and help you make an informed decision regarding your cosmetic goals.