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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Debunking Myths About Dermal Fillers

Working as a consultant at a dermatology clinic, I sometimes forget how procedures like fillers and botox can be a very new and foreign concept to a lot of people. I'm so used to watching injections and lasers that it doesn't seem like a big deal to me. However, I do understand that for those who have not cared much for their skin or appearances in the past, fillers can seem suspicious, and even intimidating. To make things worse, there are a bunch of rumors as well that tend to scare patients away before they even consider it. Today I will be introducing three of the biggest myths about fillers, and tell you the truth behind all of them. Take a look and see if you've heard these myths too.

Myth 1. Fillers can move and migrate to other places under the skin.
Patients tend to mistake the swelling after injection to be filler migration. For forehead fillers especially, the eyelid area tends to swell, but this is not due to the filler material, and the swelling will subside within a few days. When first injected, the filler is a gel-type that can be changed. However, once the filler settles down, it will not flow or move underneath the skin and make other areas lumpy or distorted.

Myth 2. Once a filler is injected, it will stay in your body forever.
Fillers have different duration periods per brand, but they are not permanent. After a certain period of time, the filler will naturally dissolve back into the body and return your skin to its normal state. And for the most common and popular hyaluronic filler, injections to dissolve the filler are available, so if you are not happy with the results, it can be easily fixed or removed.

Myth 3. Fillers are bad for your skin.
The most common type of filler is made of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that already exists in our bodies and decreases over time. HA acid helps us maintain youthful, moisturized, and healthy skin, and it a main ingredient for products and procedures that treat wrinkles and decreased skin elasticity. Therefore, fillers help with not only improving facial volume, but also wrinkles, tightening, and skin regeneration.

Another reason that patients may be afraid of filler injections is that rare side effects may include necrosis, which is the death of cells in your skin tissue, or even blindness in extreme cases. This, unfortunately, is not a myth. However, this is all the more reason that you should find an experienced dermatology specialist, instead of a nurse, aesthetician, or General Practitioner for the injection of dermal filler. Such unlucky side effects may occur regardless of the doctor's skill. The important thing is whether the doctor is able to detect any potential side effects, take immediate action, and restore the skin before any permanent damage is done. Fillers done by professionals may cost more, but you can rest assured knowing that you are in safe hands.

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