Common Questions We Receive About Dermal Fillers
“What are dermal fillers?”
Fillers can be used in areas that are volume depleted. For example, many people emphasize their cheekbones by applying highlighter make up or deemphasize lines and wrinkles with highlighter, line filler, and/or concealer. These areas of concavity or loss can be made convex with careful placement of dermal filler.
“Will I Bruise?”
While 90% of clients have very little bruising and swelling, it is always a possibility. We recommend that you do not have filler injections immediately before a big event, but rather give yourself two weeks beforehand to ensure you have the best results. Any bruising and swelling will fade naturally within a few days to a week.
“I Want to Have Fuller Lips but I Don’t Want to Look Like a Duck.”
Using Juvéderm® to achieve fuller, younger looking lips is one of the most requested procedures in our office. The overwhelming majority of clients love the natural results. However, we have all seen the horror stories of overfilled lips. Unfortunately, this over-filled look is often the result of an inexperienced or unskilled injector. Achieving natural looking lips requires skill.
The over-filled “duck” look comes from over-injecting the top lip without a balancing lower lip injection and injecting to curl the top lip upward. Our providers recommend making sure both lips are evenly balanced for best results.
“I See My Cheeks Look More Hollow but I Dont’ Want to Look Like a Chipmunk.”
Again, a modest additional of volume to the mid-face looks great on most people. Having fuller cheeks is a short-cut to looking younger.
We recommend starting conservatively but with a minimum of two syringes so that a difference is noticed, but it’s not too much at the start. Thereafter, you can always add more once swelling is completely gone. Fillers, if done properly, always look natural and not overdone. Ideally, friends and family will think you look younger, but can’t quite put their finger on why.
“How Many Syringes Will I Need?”
Our providers do a full consultation with every client, and will be able to work with you to make a customized treatment plan based on your goals, concerns and budget. We generally say that one syringe is good for one area of one side of the face, but that depends on your age, skin condition and expectations.
“How Long Do Fillers Last?”
Of the dermal fillers we use here at Living Well Skin in Beaverton, most last about one year with Voluma XC topping out at up to two years. However long each lasts depends on your particular body chemistry, as well as what area you have had treated. For example, lips are in constant motion so the product wears off more quickly. Thus, lip injections generally last 6-12 months.
Most people choose to have a touch up within a year of the original treatment, and results are best with continued use, so be sure to schedule your next appointment as the results are beginning to fade.
“What is the Procedure Like?”
Dermal fillers are injected into the skin (dermis) and provide volume where volume has decreased. The results can be seen immediately.
“How Long Does the Treatment Take?”
The treatment takes about 30-60 minutes and the result is immediate.
“Does it Hurt?”
When treating wrinkles, pain relief is usually not needed but can be easily achieved with topical anesthetic. However, dermal fillers themselves are formulated with lidocane (a local pain killer), so the area is actually numbed as it is being injected. The vast majority of clients report little to no discomfort.
“What are the Side-Effects or Risks?”
Reactions are very uncommon, but about 1 in 2000 persons have experienced transient swelling, redness and tenderness at or near the treatment site(s) up to several weeks after treatment. For further details concerning your specific treatment, please consult our providers.
“What is the Recovery Time?”
Immediately after the treatment the treated area can be slightly swollen and red. Some clients may also experience bruising around the injection site.This is a normal result of the injection, and it generally goes away in 72 hours. We provide all clients with ice which helps alleviate bruising and swelling. We also recommend clients avoid (if medically appropriate) blood thinner like Ibupofen or Aspirin, as these can increase the risk of bruising.