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Understanding Dermal Fillers (Lip Injections, etc)

If you’ve been on the side of social media that buzzes about celebrities and online personalities, you’ve surely heard of dermal fillers. These non-surgical aesthetic procedures restore the volume in one’s face through injections. They are so popular that they accounted for more than 9 million cosmetic procedures in 2015.

The hype on fillers is driving many Americans to get one for themselves, or to have other procedures done on them. In 2017, it was reported by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that more than $15 billion dollars were spent by Americans on combined surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Among the most popular surgical procedures are liposuction, breast augmentation, and tummy tuck.

For this reason, many urban cities are now teeming with aesthetic clinics. Fillers, cosmetic surgeries, and chemical peels in Salt Lake City are among the top services offered by these clinics.

Dermal Fillers

What we call “fillers” are actually called dermal fillers, which are gels typically made of hyaluronic acid. They come in small injections, filling in wrinkles and adding volume to the soft tissues of the face. Dermal fillers are commonly injected into the cheeks, lips, jawline, and around the mouth. The effects are temporary, usually lasting between 6 to 18 months.

When being injected with dermal fillers, you may feel slight discomfort, which is normal. An anaesthetic cream will be applied to the area beforehand to minimize this feeling. Some dermal fillers contain a pre-mixed local anaesthetic to further reduce pain and discomfort.

After the procedure, temporary side effects may be experienced, such as swelling, redness, tenderness. There are also reactions, which are not side effects, and these include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising, and tenderness. Reactions are felt right after the injection, and they subside shortly after. According to aesthetic doctor Terry Loong, side effects are commonly confused as reactions, and therefore, it is important to understand what side effects can be expected.

Lip Fillers

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Lip fillers are injectables that give one a fuller and plumper lips. They add shape, structure, and volume to the lips. The amount of lip filler administered depends on how the doctor controls it. You may notice bumps and lumps on your lips after the procedure, but these are due to your lips’ movement, and they can easily be dissolved. Lips fillers also produce fewer bruises compared to other dermal fillers, and an allergic reaction is unlikely, especially with hyaluronic acid fillers, because it’s made similar to the hyaluronic acid found in our bodies.

Cheek Fillers

Cheek fillers aim to define one’s cheekbones by making it fuller and plumper. With age, the cheeks may lose its volume, affecting facial symmetry, and cheek fillers have become the solution. It makes one look younger and even slimmer, from the central shadow created in the mid-cheek.

Cheek fillers can be used to either add volume to the cheeks or to make it more angular and contoured. There would be some swelling after the procedure, but it should be gone within a few days’ time.

Jawline Sculpting

Jawline fillers are injected into the mandibular angle, chin, and peri-jowl area to reform the jawline, making one look younger and more sculpted. It makes the transition of the jawline to the neck more angular and sharper. Compared to the other two fillers, jawline sculpting is more complex. The cheeks, temples, and pre-auricular regions are often required to be pre-treated before jawline sculpting can be performed.

Seeing how dermal fillers help in restoring one’s youthful appearance and improving one’s facial symmetry, it’s understandable why people swear by this aesthetic procedure. If you decide to get fillers, make sure your doctor is a qualified and highly experienced one.

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