Do fillers make you age faster? Fillers are a great option for patients seeking a softer, more youthful look. However, if used improperly or over used, fillers can have negative long term consequences. In fact, patients who do not properly use filler could actually speed up their skin’s aging process, resulting in older looking skin. Elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid are all core components of having healthy and youthful looking skin. However, as you age your body produces less elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. Without the same supply of these components your skin is less capable of maintaining its youthful appearance, and fine lines and wrinkles begin to show. While the aging process of the skin is natural and happens to everyone, some turn to filler to soften and refine their natural look. If you’re worried that fillers make you look older, consult with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Deepak Dugar.
Types of fillers
There are three types of filler, permanent, semi-permanent, and non-permanent. Permanent and semi-permanent have more long term consequences if overused compared to non-permanent. Overtime, these fillers stretch out skin, causing pockets where the filler is injected. However, some doctors, such as closed rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Dugar, chose to only use non-permanent hyaluronic acid fillers on his patients. At his Scarless MedSpa clinic, Dr. Dugar’s hyaluronic acid fillers are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the face, without overdoing it. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is naturally produced in the body, and contributes to youthful skin. This filler is naturally broken down by the body over time, and is non-toxic. Thus, patients who receive hyaluronic acid fillers could choose to never have a touch up appointment with no consequence. With the goal of subtle and natural change, Dr. Dugar is also careful not to inject filler if he deems it is not good for the patient. Valuing honesty and transparency throughout his practice, Dr. Dugar makes sure to thoroughly talk to his patients about their desires and any relevant consequences of the procedure they want.
How do fillers work?
Fillers are used to augment or enhance facial features by adding volume to areas like the cheeks, lips, and chin, and by smoothing out wrinkles. They are usually made of a gel-like substance that is injected into the skin or tissue underneath to plump up an area of the face.
The most common types of fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps keep skin look plump and hydrated. When injected, filler not only adds volume to the area but also stimulates the production of collagen, which can further improve the appearance of the skin.
Fillers are usually injected by a trained healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, in a clinic or medical office. The filler is injected into the targeted area with a fine needle, and the results are typically visible immediately. Fillers can last several months to a year or more, depending on the client’s metabolism and the type of filler used.
Can fillers make you age faster?
There is currently no scientific evidence to suggest that fillers make you look older or age faster, for that matter. However, it’s important to keep in mind that fillers are not permanent, and that the body will naturally break down and absorb fillers over time. When this happens, the treated area will return to its previous appearance or show signs of aging as a result of the natural aging process.
Moreover, if fillers are injected incorrectly or excessively, they can create an unnatural or overdone appearance that can make the client appear older than they really are. This is why it’s important to work with a qualified and experienced healthcare professional when getting the procedure done.
It’s also worth noting that certain habits and lifestyle choices, such as excessive sun exposure, smoking, and a poor diet, can contribute to premature aging. Taking care of your skin and overall health in addition to fillers can help you maintain a youthful appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are fillers bad for you?
Fillers are generally safe when injected by a qualified healthcare professional in the appropriate setting. However, there are potential risks for rare allergic reactions, infections, and lump formation. Some clients may also experience minor bleeding, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. Lastly, fillers can migrate or move away from the targeted area, creating an irregular or bloated appearance. But are fillers bad for you? The answer is no, not if you are working with a trained professional who can minimize the risks involved.
Do fillers look better over time?
No, fillers are not typically expected to look better over time. Although the results of fillers are usually visible after the procedure, the effects will only usually last for several months to over a year. The body will gradually break down and absorb the material, after which the treated area will return to its previous appearance. Natural signs of aging, such as wrinkling and sagging of the skin, may also become more noticeable after fillers dissolve.
The longevity of the results will vary depending on factors like the type of filler used, the amount of filler injected, and your individual metabolism. Regular touch-ups are usually required to make fillers look better over time.
Does filler stretch your skin?
When too much filler is injected into the target area, it’s certainly possible for the skin to appear distorted. But does filler stretch your skin? No, fillers do not typically stretch out the skin permanently and in fact does the opposite – fillers can help to tighten and firm up the skin by adding more volume and stimulating collagen production. Moreover, the effects of fillers will naturally diminish over time as your body absorbs the material. Working with an experienced practitioner can help you address any concerns you may have about fillers potentially stretching out your skin.
What makes fillers dissolve faster?
Fillers are meant to be temporary and the speed at which they dissolve depends on several factors. Hyaluronic fillers like Restylane and Juvederm typically start dissolving within six to 12 months while Sculptra is known to last for up to two years or longer.
But what makes fillers dissolve faster? The injection site is one factor – injecting parts of the face that get more movement or stress, such as the forehead and nasolabial folds, can cause fillers to break down faster. Other factors, such as metabolism, injection technique, sun exposure, smoking, and alcohol consumption can also affect the longevity of fillers. A qualified practitioner will help you determine how to get the longest-lasting results possible.
What happens when fillers wear off?
What happens when fillers wear off is that the target areas will gradually resume their natural appearance from before the procedure. These changes can become apparent after six to 12 months though the exact timeline varies with individual metabolism, treatment area, and type of filler used. As your fillers dissolve, you may start noticing a decrease in the smoothness and volume of the treated area. The area may also look slightly distorted as the filler dissipates in an uneven manner.
If you decide not to return for touch-ups, the treated areas will eventually return to their original appearance. These areas may also appear to have wrinkles or loss of volume as part of the natural aging process.
It is important to note that everyone’s body reacts differently to filler. Genetics may make you predisposed to sagging skin, or perhaps your lifestyle causes you to have a wrinkle free face. The results of filler can never be 100% predicted, but having the right doctor, one who knows how filler reacts in the body and truly cares about your desired outcome, can help avoid any negative side effects and give desirable results. See here to learn more about the non-invasive services offered at Scarless MedSpa, and here to contact Dr. Dugar, who has been nicknamed “Plastic Surgeon to the Stars in Los Angeles”, to learn if filler is right for you. Though non-invasive, it is still just as important to consult with a certified medical expert when considering fillers and other injectables.