Dermal fillers have become increasingly popular over the years as a fast and effective solution for a variety of cosmetic concerns. From fine lines and wrinkles, to loss of volume and contouring. However, as with any beauty treatment, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding fillers that can lead to confusion and misinformation. In this article, we will explore the top 6 common myths about fillers and provide you with accurate information to help you make an informed decision about whether fillers are right for you!
1. Getting fillers is a very painful process
Myth! The experience of getting fillers can vary from person to person, but in general, getting fillers is not typically described as being very painful. The area where filler is going to be injected is usually numbed with a topical anaesthetic or injected with a local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort during the procedure. Most people will feel some pressure or a slight pinch as the needle is being inserted. But this discomfort is usually minimal, brief, and mild.
2. Fillers are addictive
This is a….myth! There are no evidence suggesting that fillers are addictive, though it it possible for someone to develop a desire for repeated treatments to maintain their desired appearance. It is important to know that fillers are a temporary fix and will eventually be broken down and absorbed by the body. This is also why people tend to go back into the doctor’s office to get a refill.
3. Fillers make the face look bloated like a balloon
Myth! Although filers are designed to add volume and plumpness to the injected site, when administrated correctly, it should not result in a ballooning. Ballooning only happens when there is overfilling or malpositioning of the filler material. Accurate placement of the right filler material is essential in achieving natural results. This is why getting an experienced professional is so important!
4. Fillers will make me look weird and unnatural
Again, another common myth perpetuated by badly done fillers or surgical implants. It is only when filler injections are being placed in the wrong site, or when fillers are being over-injected, will it start to result in an unnatural look. It is crucial to consult with a qualified and experienced provider. They will be able to properly evaluate your facial anatomy, use the right amount of filler, and place the filler accurately to achieve a natural-looking result that complements your unique features.
5. Fillers are purposely made to be non-permanent so people will have to keep spending money on it
Myth. Hyaluronic acid fillers are indeed intentionally made to be non-permanent. However, this is not necessarily because manufacturers want people to keep spending money on them. The non-permanent nature of fillers is very beneficial for many people. Being made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in our bodies, it is bio-compatible and has a low risk of rejection. Being non-permanent, also allows for treatments to be adjustable without any long-term consequences. Fillers can be easily dissolved using an enzyme (hyaluronidase) if the results achieved are not desirable, or if the materials gets infected. Why is this so important? Our faces will change drastically when we are in our 30s as compared to when we are in our 50s or 60s. This means that different placement of fillers are required! Being non-permanent, filler injections can be customised to fit our ever-changing facial structure.
6. Always go for the cheapest offer, the injector doesn’t make a difference
Myth. This is one of the biggest mistake that many consumers make. Filler injection is a highly customisable treatment. Hunting out for the cheapest offer and hopping from clinic to clinic is actually counter-intuitive. It is crucial to find an injector that you are comfortable with, and would like to stick to long-term. This allows the injector to become aquatinted with your face and ideals. Each filler injection is also being built onto the previous one. Switching injectors could cause confusion for the new injector as to what the previous injector’s intentions were.
Each syringe of filler come at a cost. If something is being priced below market rate, you might want to question yourself it the product is an approved legitimate product. We have only one face, why risk it?
Dermal fillers are a safe and effective cosmetic treatment when administered by a trained and experienced professional. We hope that by debunking common myths and misconceptions about fillers, you have more clarity as to whether fillers are right for you. Remember, there is no harm in doing your research and seeking advice from a qualified professional before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. If anything, doing your research and consulting a qualified doctor will offer you clearer insights and provide you with a more comprehensive understanding. With the right information and guidance, dermal fillers can help you achieve the youthful, radiant look you desire!
Want to Learn More About Fillers?
If you are new to fillers or want to learn more about fillers, you can refer to the face chart below to know where fillers are commonly injected. You can also visit our Fillers page at Cheongdam Aesthetics to find out more about the treatment options that we have to offer!