Cosmetic Fillers: The Ultimate Guide

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Have you ever wanted your lips to be a little plumper, your cheeks a little fuller, or your face to look overall more balanced? Many people don’t know you can achieve this look without plastic surgery and with only fillers.

Cosmetic fillers, also known as dermal fillers, or simply ‘fillers’ are common injectables, which we’ll aim to unpack in this blog post. From what they are to the different types, we’ll talk you through everything you need to know about cosmetic fillers and whether you should consider getting them.

What are Cosmetic Fillers?

Fillers are pre-filled syringes, typically containing hyaluronic acid, that are injected into the body or face to subtly change appearance. They typically add volume, so when somebody has had fillers in their lips, for example, their lips will look plumper.

That being said, there are different fillers for different purposes. Some fillers are meant to add volume (such as to plump thin lips), others to make you look more youthful by replacing the full look of cheeks and other body parts and some to add more structural support, such as giving you a sharp jawline. They can even smooth wrinkles when injected correctly.

Hyaluronic acid fillers aren’t considered as intrusive as plastic surgery, so if you’re keen to change your appearance less drastically, fillers are a great way to go.

Types of Injectable Dermal Fillers

There are multiple types of cosmetic fillers, so choosing the right one for your needs is paramount. Here’s a short guide to help you understand each one.

  • Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin’s connective tissue and is commonly found in anti-aging serums. It’s the most common type of filler used for plumping wrinkles and the results of this injection last for up to 12 months. Some of the best-known brands are Juvederm, Voluma and Volbella. A new brand on the market is HarmonyCA, which combines hyaluronic acid with calcium hydroxyapatite and results in plumping that lasts up to 24 months.
  • Permanent soft tissue filler: Known as Bellafill, this type of filler smooths deep wrinkles around the month. Over time, the body doesn’t absorb this type of filler like it does with others, so you won’t need reinjection. It’s a more permanent decision, so it’s not recommended for those who are new to fillers.
  • Calcium hydroxyapatite: Best known as Radiesse, this type of filler is best for contouring the jawline and restoring lost volume in the cheeks. It can also be used for deep rather than surface wrinkles. The results can last between 1 and 3 years, but it does tend to be a more expensive procedure.

Are Fillers Risky?

Unlike more intrusive types of plastic surgery, injectable fillers aren’t hugely risky, but side effects can occur. Serious side effects include infections, a lumpy appearance under the skin, movement of filler away from the intended area and allergic reactions.

To avoid serious side effects, work only with established surgeons and speak to a medical professional before proceeding if you have any doubts.

There’s also the risk of becoming mentally addicted to fillers and wanting more than is necessary. Remember, injectables should be used to replace volume lost by age rather than to add more volume onto a youthful face, so always ask yourself if you truly need fillers before getting started. The best results appear natural.

How Much Do Fillers Cost?

The cost of fillers ranges depending on where you get it done and who does it for you. If you work with a highly esteemed professional, they’ll likely charge more. Likewise, you can expect to pay more in big cities such as New York or LA. The cost of cosmetic injectable fillers can range from around $300 for just one area of the face to $4000 for multiple areas of the face or body.

If the cost seems too cheap to be true, it probably is. Look for reputable plastic surgeons by checking reviews and testimonials. If a plastic surgeon is unable to give you any examples of their previous work is a red flag.

Should You Get Fillers?

Fillers can be a great way to smooth wrinkles, fill lips and adjust your appearance in a way that doesn’t look too drastic, but don’t take the decision lightly. Before deciding whether or not cosmetic fillers are for you, consider the cost, the risk and why you want them,

If you establish that injectable dermal fillers are right for you, do your research. Find a reputable surgeon, research the risks adequately and decide which areas of your face or body you’ll need.

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