How It Works
Before You Get Fillers
“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.