Facial fillers are one of the hottest spa treatments today, providing a surgery-free facelift and younger, smoother skin – but how exactly do they work? Among the many different fillers on the market, most are made with hyaluronic acid, a product often found in anti-wrinkle creams and which is naturally produced by the body. When injected into the tissues of the face, however, hyaluronic acid plumps up tissues and traps water under the skin. Before you sign up for a lunch hour facelift, though, take a moment to do your research. Not all fillers are created equal, so be sure to choose the right one for your skin.
Fillers Aren’t Botox
Before fillers were all the rage, many people chose Botox injections to smooth out facial skin, but the two are very different. As noted, fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, and they literally fill out your face by adding volume. Botox, on the other hand, is made from botulinum toxin ad eliminates wrinkles by paralyzing muscles in the face. Besides eliminating wrinkles, the only other things Botox and facial fillers have in common is that they are both temporary and administered via syringe.
Deep Wrinkles Take Different Treatments
Facial fillers are an appropriate treatment for both fine lines and deep wrinkles, but it’s important to choose the right filler. At Illuminate Spa, we offer Volbella fillers for fine lines and Volluma and Vollure XC for deeper wrinkles, among other options. For the most natural look, however, you might opt for Juvederm Plus or Juvederm Plus Ultra, which are the most natural fillers. Juvederm Plus is best suited to superficial wrinkles, while Juvederm Ultra Plus can tackle deeper lines.
Ask About Allergies
Although hyaluronic acid is a natural compound, facial fillers are known to present a serious risk of allergic reaction, particularly in those who have experienced anaphylaxis in the past. Be sure to discuss any allergies with your treatment provider before receiving facial fillers to ensure your safety and well-being. Besides the risk of allergic reaction, fillers are generally very safe.
They Can Fight Fat
Though many women use fillers to add volume to areas of the face that have lost fat due to aging, there’s also a new filler on the market, Kybella, that can fight under chin fat. Instead of hyaluronic acid, Kybella uses deoxycholic acid to destroy fat cells, allowing the body’s immune system to naturally clear them away. Instead of plumping your face, Kybella can give you a more defined jaw in just weeks.
Take It Slow
You’ll see results almost immediately after receiving fillers, but there will also be some swelling, so it can be difficult to determine your precise outcome immediately. With this in mind, be careful not to overdo the filler treatments. Too much filler will leave your skin looking lumpy or swollen, and while those problems will fade over time, it can also stretch your skin and cause it to sag even more. It’s better to underfill your skin during early treatments and scale up treatments as needed.
Fillers are an accessible, quick way to make your face smoother and firmer without going under the knife. It’s a spa treatment that will leave you feeling renewed inside and out.
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