Fillers 101: Your Biggest Questions ANSWERED.

If you’re reading this blog because you’re thinking about trying fillers for the first time, rest assured that you’ll be in great hands at White Coat Aesthetics!

As you may already know, fillers are minimally invasive treatments that provide clients with the kinds of results they want without having to undergo expensive cosmetic surgery. When done by experienced professionals, the results look completely natural and occur with minimal downtime.

It is extremely important to go to a trained and certified professional who knows what they’re doing. At White Coat Aesthetics, all injectable and filler treatments are performed by our board-certified nurse practitioner, Amanda Ralph, to ensure that our clients receive the best possible results with a compassionate and personalized approach. 

 

What Do Fillers Do?

Dermal fillers are gel-like solutions that are injected into your skin to add fullness and volume to certain areas of the face and hands. They also work to diminish the appearance of fine lines and can even be used to enhance features like cheek contours and facial structure. 

 

What Are They Made Of? 

Our medspa uses multiple types of dermal fillers:

  1. Juvederm®

Juvederm® is made of hyaluronic acid (a substance naturally produced in your own body) and is best for restoring fullness and reducing signs of aging in your lips, cheeks, and around the mouth. 

  1. Restylane®

Restylane® uses hyaluronic acid gel to target wrinkles and folds. It can restore fullness to your face and the back of your hands. It is another great option for restoring fullness and reducing the signs of aging in lips and the areas around the mouth.

  1. Kybella®

Kybella®, made from deoxycholic acid, is an injectable substance designed specifically to treat the presence of moderate to severe fat under the chin, or a “double chin.”

  1. Sculptra®

Sculptra® is composed of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a synthetic biocompatible substance that prompts collagen production. Sculptra fillers are best for treating deep folds, lines, and creases in the skin, and restoring facial volume.

 

How Do I Know Which One Is Right For Me? 

Don’t worry if you’re unsure of which injectable or filler is right for you, that's exactly what our free no-pressure consultations are for! During the consult, we discuss the pros and cons of each one and help make a custom treatment plan for you that caters to your own specific goals. This attention to detail ensures a more natural-looking outcome. During the consultation, we also consider all of the following: 

  1. The issues you’d like to correct
  2. What type of wrinkles you have 
  3. The area of your face or hands you’d like to treat
  4. How long you want results to last
  5. Your health history 

 

Do Filler Injections Hurt? 

Pain tolerance varies from person to person, but most of our clients find that the treatment is more comfortable than expected! All clients are numbed using a topical cream that works before the injection, plus our products also contain lidocaine in them so you will begin to feel numb from that too. Our injector also uses a vibrating tool to distract from the injections.

 

How Long Do They Last? 

Because each dermal filler is different, your results can last anywhere between six months and two years based on the product, the area of the face injected, and the amount of product injected during your treatment.

 

I’m Ready To Try Fillers Now, How Can I Best Prepare For Them? 

Like any injection, fillers can result in some slight bruising so it’s best to stop taking blood thinners like aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) for a week prior to treatment. Additionally, avoid fish oil supplements, vitamin E, and herbal supplements for a few days prior to the procedure, unless medically necessary. (Be sure to mention this to your injector during your consultation). Please do not stop any blood thinning medications if they have been prescribed by your physician.

 

What Can I Expect After Getting Fillers Done? 

We ask that you please plan your treatments with enough time ahead of special events (NOT the day before your wedding) because bruising, redness, swelling or tenderness in the treated area are all normal/expected side effects of injections and will generally take a few days to disappear. Regarding immediate after-care, be sure to apply a cool compress to the treatment area (do not apply ice directly to skin) for approximately 5-10 minutes every half an hour on the day of treatment. Avoid any pressure or heat inducing activities for 24 hours such as strenuous exercise, spas, saunas and hot showers.

Are you ready to restore fullness to your face or accentuate your contours? Got more questions? Simply schedule a free no-pressure consultation by calling us at (702) 917-0017 or try our easy-to-use online booking tool!

Author
Shevaun Valenzuela

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