How It Works

Be­fore You Get Fillers

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“The most com­mon side ef­fect is skin red­ness that lasts 15 to 20 min­utes,” says Dr Ramirez. As with any pro­ce­dure, you should dis­close your full med­i­cal his­tory to the doc­tor, in­clud­ing whether you have any skin, mus­cle or nerve con­di­tions. While al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to the bo­tulinum toxin it­self are rare, you may be al­ler­gic to the in­gre­di­ents in the for­mula, and de­velop hives and rashes. In­ject­ing a sig­nif­i­cant vol­ume of filler ma­te­rial into cer­tain ar­eas on your face can make a big dif­fer­ence in the way you look, says Dr Chuah. Fillers can heighten your nose bridge or cheek­bones, de­fine your chin and jaw­line, plump your lips, and fill in the lines and sunken ar­eas un­der your eyes and cheeks.

The ma­te­rial is bro­ken down and ab­sorbed into the body over time. In fact, Dr Ramirez says re­search has shown that re­peated treat­ment with der­mal fillers can im­prove skin qual­ity even af­ter the filler has been ab­sorbed.

There are dif­fer­ent types of fillers: hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lac­tic acid and cal­cium hy­drox­y­la­p­atite. Dr Chuah ex­plains: “Hyaluronic acid adds vol­ume in the ar­eas it is in­jected into and lasts six months to a year. Poly-L-lac­tic acid works as a col­la­gen stim­u­la­tor; it re­quires three to four treat­ments and a few months to see max­i­mum re­sults, but can last up to two years. than other ar­eas, says Dr Chuah. As the filler is in­jected, you will feel as though some­thing is push­ing against your skin.

Re­sults Are In­stant

Re­sults are im­me­di­ate, but it is best to do the pro­ce­dure two to three weeks be­fore a big event, to al­low side ef­fects such as bruis­ing and swelling to sub­side, says Dr Soh.

Help Pro­long Re­sults

Avoid in­tensely mas­sag­ing the treated area as this may speed up the break­down of the fillers, says Dr Shiau. How­ever, you can touch the area and do your usual light mas­sage when ap­ply­ing skin­care, adds Dr Chuah.

How Much Does a Filler In­jec­tion Cost?

From $500 to $1,500, depend­ing on the type of filler used.

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