Fillers: What Are They and What Should I Expect?
Fillers are products such as Juvederm, Belotero, Restylane, and Radiesse. Fillers are designed to fill lines, grooves, and dips and to plump areas. Volume in the face is youthful, hence the popularity of the products. If injections are performed well, they give a natural balanced appearance. If done poorly, or over-injected, then the results are unnatural and overdone.
Currently, there are a plethora of fillers available, and each of them are best in different areas. Fillers have different molecule size, softness, and longevity. Injectors that use fillers on a regular basis understand that one filler cannot be expected to be “the best” in all areas. For example, in my practice, it is not uncommon to use three different types of fillers in one session on the same patient.
In the past, only needles had been used to inject filler. Fortunately, we now have a better option—the Cannula. The cannula technique allows us to inject with a blunt tip so that, instead of multiple needle sticks, there is only one. This gives a natural injection that reduces bruising and swelling. In my practice, it is common for patients to have injections and be back to work the same day. The cannula has revolutionized the art of injecting.
When I inject fillers, the most important questions that I ask myself are:
- Will it address my patients concerns, and appear natural?
- Is it reversible?
- What is the longevity?
- Will there be bruising and swelling?
Written by Dr. Randy Tate