8 Dermal Filler Myths Set Straight!

In 2017, we debunked 5 botox myths that surround the anti-aging treatment. From that article onward, we realized that for every botox myth influencing the subconscious thoughts of women  is a dermal filler counterpart.

The Stigma of Dermal Fillers

When women hear the words dermal and lip fillers, they often think of unnatural and swollen-looking lips. This is the result of the  stigma surrounding non-invasive procedures and despite the ongoing advancements to make it a safe and effective treatment, there remains the bizarre belief in the horror that it can bring.  But, what really is the truth about this procedure? In this article, we provide a medical perspective on the most common myths about dermal fillers to redress the misconceptions surrounding it.

Myth 1: Once you have dermal fillers, you can’t stop having them.

Many believe that once you start having dermal fillers, you can’t stop receiving them otherwise, your skin will sag more than ever before. The effects of fillers will indeed wear off, but your skin will still look the same as it did prior to the treatment and no less.

Myth 2: The treatment will make you look artificial.

When injected in the right places and with the right amount, dermal fillers shouldn’t result in an overdone or artificial look as it is presumed to. By following correct practices,  dermal fillers should result in a desirable enhancement that is barely noticeable.

Myth 3: It is painful.

While oftentimes, it is true that there is always an amount of discomfort associated with cosmetic injections, to describe the dermal filler procedure painful is exaggerated. Local anesthetic is typically fused with fillers to numb the problem areas and even minor discomfort is negligible.

Myth 4: It needs a lot of downtime.

As the treatment comes with  minimal discomfort, it also requires little to no downtime. However, you may have to deal with little bruising, redness, itching or tenderness. Other than that, you can resume your daily routine following the treatment without hassle.

Find out more about how you should care for the injected areas with this best aftercare practices after dermal filler treatment.

Myth 5: It doesn’t last long.

Although it’s true that the first fillers available only lasted for a month, most fillers today have effects that can last from six months to a year or more. They often use hyaluronic acid (HA) that aids in collagen production. Even if it wears off, the residual effect is rejuvenating.

Myth 6: It is irreversible.

As most dermal fillers are made up of HA, a natural substance produced in the skin, it can be dissolved with simple administration of hyaluronidase - an enzyme that stimulates the degradation of HA.

Myth 7: Botox and fillers are the same.

Although both create similar effect - which is reducing the appearance of wrinkles - they’re not made with the same solution thus, work in different ways. Botox relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles in the face while fillers add volume to wrinkles and creases for a more youthful look.

Myth 8: It will be obvious that you had dermal fillers.

Through the expertise  of a qualified dermatologist, the work done by dermal fillers shouldn’t look obvious. The treatment is meant to not dramatically alter your appearance so what others will only notice about you is that you look more youthful and refreshed than ever.

Dermal filler treatments  may have earned a bad reputation, but these myths will remain unfounded. If you want to learn more about the efficacy and safety of dermal fillers, Skin MD will be happy to assist you with your skincare journey! Book an appointment with us.

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