The Power of Advertising
“Need to reduce the depth of nasolabial wrinkles or forehead wrinkles, but surgery is expensive and scares you? Filler injections can solve the problem with just one procedure!” Rings any bells? Yeah, ads with a similar slogan can be found on the Internet and on a billboard in the middle of the city. In a hurry to get a lightning effect, many run to the cosmetologist to say goodbye to their money and change their appearance. But are these fillers really that good? And what are they all about?
How Fillers Work
You can probably guess that the topic of the article doesn’t come by itself. For me, the reason to talk about fillers was my cousin Jeannette, remember her? Yes, yes, the cowardly lady who was afraid of Botox. But while we were able to figure it out, although it was quite tricky, fillers became a new problem for Jeannette. They say that such injections can be compared to a surgeon’s work, but the cousin is not going under the knife. So I had to delve deep enough into the subject to be able to explain how fillers actually work.
First of all, fillers are products that increase tissue volume in certain areas of the face or neck. They can reduce the depth of wrinkles, folds, and deep scars. They are used to enlarge the lips, to give additional volume to the cheekbones or cheeks. They can easily correct asymmetries. Fillers can also help tighten the facial oval, remove bags under the eyes and “pits” after acne. Besides, fillers can help smooth out protruding cheekbones and bones in the arms, lift the corners of the mouth or correct a hooked nose. The effect of fillers, of course, is temporary; it lasts about a year. But as it disappears, there is a natural rejuvenation of the skin, restoring its glow, color, and elasticity. Isn’t that cool? So what’s in it?
Inside the Syringe
The basis of many modern fillers is hyaluronic acid. It is identical to the one inside our skin from birth. Most people up to the age of 25 have an even distribution of this gel-like substance, so their skin is fresh and firm, without sagging. After about this age, the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases. Accordingly, the filler injections solve the problems of wrinkles, sagging tissues, and scars in an almost natural way.
How to Reach the Desired Effect?
To get the best effect from the procedure, cosmetologists advise observing the following rules:
- Within 7-10 days after injecting fillers, you shouldn’t go to the bath, sauna, or steam your face. Also, you shouldn’t expose the skin to low temperatures.
- On the day of the procedure, it is better to cancel any fitness training.
- In the first couple of weeks, you shouldn’t sunbathe. Use sunscreen before going outside if you live in a region with active sun.
- You mustn’t massage the injection zones.
- Try not to use cosmetics at the injection areas for a couple of days.
Will Fillers Stay Inside You Forever?
But as soon as I finished listing these rules, Jeannette immediately started yelling that fillers are something foreign and can surely harm the body… Yet, as I said above, hyaluronic acid in fillers is completely identical to our natural one. There is only one slight difference. In fillers, the molecules of hyaluronic acid are bonded in a particular way so that the skin enzymes don’t utilize it as long as possible. But everything comes to an end, and… Here I doubted and decided to agree with Jeannette on something.
The body does recognize filler as a foreign object, but only when it comes to elimination. Let me explain more clearly. When something from the environment enters your body through trauma, you don’t have to be a great scientist to understand: your body is not happy about such a guest. The body’s primary task is to determine how harmful it is. And then, there are three possible scenarios.
The first and easiest way to get rid of the filler is to destroy it. If the substance can be split, the body will do so, safely forgetting about it in a few days.
If the foreign object cannot be destroyed, the body “assesses” the degree of danger to the surrounding tissues. Everyone’s had a splinter at least once in a lifetime. Remember what happens a few days after? The body destroys neighboring tissues, creating a pus mass, and removes the splinter along with it. Some groups of dense fillers disintegrate in the same way. They lie quietly for 2-3 years, and the body doesn’t pay attention to them. But over time, fragments that irritate the tissues detach from them, and here the body will already react to them like “you’re in the wrong neighborhood, buddy.”
And, finally, the third method of elimination. After injecting the filler, the body “understands” that the substance is not toxic, not dangerous, but the result is trauma – such a substance cannot be destroyed immediately. The organism begins to surround the foreign body with a capsule, which fully forms in 3-4 weeks. The job is done! The isolated substance lies quietly in the capsule until the body destroys it – this is what happens to hyaluronic acid. It normally decays into carbon dioxide and water after a year. For a while, fragments of the capsule remain in the lips, but they too will eventually be completely disposed of.
Why did I tell you about this? So that everyone understands that no filler can stay in your body for a lifetime. And by the way, if after the injections you suddenly want to return your original appearance, there are substances that dissolve fillers in just a few days. It’s better to ask your cosmetologist what exactly will work for you. Or you can see the options in advance on the website fillerhouse.com.
Fillers Are Not That Harmless as They Seem…
Now let’s go back to hyaluronic acid in our bodies. Until about the age of 25, it’s evenly distributed, so young people’s skin is firm. But what happens when you add a filler in there as well? A little spoiler: nothing good.
Fillers are not a preventive measure against wrinkles. They also leave “traces.” If you get carried away with fillers at the age of 20, after 5-7 years, you can get irreversible changes in the soft tissues, leading to swelling, changes in density, and homogeneity of the skin. At the very least, the person will appear older. With perfect lines, charm and youthfulness are lost. Therefore, fillers are not so harmless.
Time to Solve Your Problems
However, some areas can be corrected with fillers at a young age. For example, if you have a hooked nose, which annoys you, you can fix it even if you’re 18! What is the point of waiting when the problem can be solved by 0.1-0.2 ml of the drug? In this area, tissue changes are only beneficial: after several professional corrections, you can achieve results that will last for a long time.
It’s the same story with the chin. If it’s irregularly shaped, there are several options to solve the problem: orthodontics, surgery on the lower jaw with a long rehabilitation period…or just a filler. What would you choose?
Creams Don’t Equal Fillers
At this moment, my cousin intervened. She showed me a miracle cream from her favorite online store, which supposedly has a rejuvenating effect no worse than fillers. It contained the same hyaluronic acid, and the manufacturers promise almost instant transformation. But alas, all that the victims of such marketing have to rely on is hydration. And nothing more.
The fact is that all cosmetics work at the level of the epidermis. Hyaluronic acid molecules from the cream can only penetrate the surface layer of the skin, moisturizing it. And sometimes even that may not work. In most skincare products, the hyaluronic acid molecules are so large that they can’t even penetrate the epidermis.
Finally, a few words about the side effects of fillers: although anesthesia is used for the procedure, injections can be painful. Usually, the injection area is anesthetized with a special cream, which can cause dryness and irritation on the skin. In addition, bruises sometimes appear in the injection site. Also, the face may swell because the molecules of hyaluronic acid attract water. So don’t be afraid of your reflection in the mirror in the morning after the procedure.
Small but Important Thing
Oh yes, there is one more nuance. I hope you remember that for any injections, you need to go only to a qualified specialist. After a few years, low-quality fillers can migrate, inflame, and lead to other complications. If you want to avoid this, advise your cosmetologist to visit fillerhouse.com. There you can find only quality and proven products. Even the ever-suspicious Jeannette trusts this website!