The American Academy of Dermatology recently offered some information on fillers to inform people what the treatment provides and what to expect.
If you decide that fillers are the right option for you, remember the procedure should only be performed by trained professionals like the ones at SeaMist. Don’t get a filler injected at non-medical spas or salons.
What happens when I get a filler?
The procedure can vary depending on the part of the body you are getting treated. Your medical history can also play a part. Here is what you can typically expect:
- Most treatments last between 15 and 30 minutes and can be done in a single visit. Before receiving injections, you may require ice treatment, an anesthetic on the skin or a nerve blocking injection. This depends on the filler and the area you want treated. For example, hands typically don’t require anesthesia. Lips may need a nerve block.
- Several filler injections may be needed for best results. This may sting or you may feel a burning sensation.
- Some fillers call for allergy testing to prevent allergic reactions.
- If your own body fat is used as filler, the treatment can often be done in one day. First, a small amount of fat from another part of your body is removed. That fat is processed so it can be ready to be injected into the area where you want extra fullness.
What do I do after I get a filler?
The majority of patients can resume normal activity after leaving the office. To decrease swelling and redness from the injections, you may want to ice the area for about 15 or 20 minutes before you head home. You should be able to put on makeup afterward.
After leaving following the procedure, you should:
- Wait a day to resume exercise or perform other strenuous tasks.
- Keep out of the sun. Don’t use a tanning bed or go for any other indoor tanning.
- Try not to touch the treated area for three days, unless instructed otherwise.
When can I expect to see results?
Most fillers produce immediate, or nearly immediate, results. Fillers can prompt your body to produce collagen, but this will take some time.
Will I still have a natural look?
You will achieve a more natural look by taking a conservative approach. Patients with thin lips should not get lips that are dramatically fuller – that’s not natural.
How long will filler results last?
Most offer temporary results and additional treatments are needed to maintain those results.
Temporary fillers can be used to replenish lost fullness.
What are the possible side effects?
Some patients will notice temporary and minor side effects at the site of injection. Some you may have are:
These side effects typically go away within a week or two, sometimes even sooner.
How is fillers’ safety record?
They are considered among the safest cosmetic treatments.
Contact SeaMist MedSpa today to learn how we can help you look younger with filler treatments! We’ll help you find the perfect filler for your needs.