Facial Fillers: What you Need to Know
From what to expect to the questions to ask your practitioner, Bazaar takes away the fear factor of fillers
June 6, 2016
This content has been created in collaboration with Juvedérm.
For decades, the anti-aging conversation has been focused on lines and wrinkles. However, as we age, there is also the problem of volume loss. While fillers are often used as a solution to this, they have been associated with unfavorable, pillowy results. Fortunately, hyaluronic-acid fillers, from brands such as Juvéderm, offer soft, subtle and natural-looking results.
Once you’ve found the right practitioner, it is possible to look more radiant. Here is Bazaar’s guide to navigating your way around the world of fillers.
What is filler?
There are 160 different fillers available in the UK, which can make it incredibly tricky for you to choose the best treatment for your skin. All of them can be split into two camps.
Permanent fillers: can comprise of a variety of active ingredients and the results can be unpredictable.
Temporary fillers: are mostly made with collagen or hyaluronic acid. The latter is the most popular ingredient nowadays, as hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar, which is found in the skin, and retains moisture levels. When facial fillers containing hyaluronic acid are injected (in small amounts) under the skin, they can lift and smooth wrinkles and folds by adding subtle volume. You can expect results to last up to 18 months, with some people reporting satisfaction for up to 24 months.
What to expect
The procedure: a local anesthetic cream will be applied to the area, before your practitioner performs a series of small injections and gentle massages to ensure the filler is spread evenly. Some fillers are formulated with the anesthetic lidocaine (a numbing lotion).
Immediately afterwards: expect the area to be swollen and tender for a day or so. Depending on the area, the amount of filler and your skin type, there may be slight bruising for the next three days.
What should you ask?
What type of filler the practitioner uses to ensure you’re happy with the brand.
Non-surgical procedures are not regulated in the same way as cosmetic surgery, so you should always seek treatment from a qualified medical professional.
Request to see before and after images, and ask when they were taken. This will give you a clear idea of the expert’s style and approach to fillers.
Ask your practitioner if the results you’re seeking are achievable, to ensure you’re both on the right level. The process is reversible, so it is also worth inquiring about the policy on follow-up appointments, in case the outcome is not what you were hoping for.