Dermal fillers are among the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic treatments in the United States, with millions of treatments performed every year. And why not? Filler treatments are quick, there’s no downtime, and they can yield amazing results in just a single session.
Still, if you’ve never had fillers, you might be concerned that the results will look stiff or unnatural. Fortunately, at Starkey Medical Esthetics in Salem, Virginia, that’s something you don’t have to worry about. Here’s why.
Quick facts about dermal fillers
When most of us think of cosmetic injectables, we think of Botox®, the most popular minimally invasive aesthetic treatment around. But dermal fillers are almost as popular — and in some ways, a lot more versatile.
Dermal fillers use a variety of solutions to help fill in lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of scars, and restore lost volume in the cheeks, lips, and other areas. Injections take just a few minutes, and afterward, there’s no downtime, leading to their remarkable rise in popularity over the past decade or so.
Many women and men turn to fillers to help them banish the signs of aging without resorting to invasive surgery, with anesthesia, incisions, and a prolonged recovery time. Fillers last a long time — from six months to more than a year for some types of fillers. Plus, fillers can be used alone or in combination with Botox or similar agents to achieve what’s been dubbed a “liquid facelift.”
Dermal fillers: The secret to natural-looking results
Dermal filler treatment sounds simple: Choose filler, have it injected, and enjoy the results. But it’s actually a lot more complex than that, especially if you’re concerned about achieving the most natural-looking results.
Choosing a filler
First, you need to be sure you’re using the right filler. Today, there are lots of fillers — some that are really good for restoring volume, some that are better at addressing small lines or folds, and others that do both. Some fillers are better suited for specific areas of the face, like the cheeks or the area around the lips. Choosing the right filler helps your results look natural while also providing optimal correction.
Next, you need to be sure the right amount of filler is used. Often, stiff or unnatural results happen when too much filler is used, creating a swollen or immobile look. This is one instance when more is not always better.
Placement of the injections is also extremely important. Having a practitioner who understands facial symmetry and facial anatomy, as well as how different fillers respond, can make all the difference when it comes to achieving a beautiful result.
Your practitioner also needs to understand your unique facial aesthetics to ensure your fillers enhance your features rather than detract from them. No two faces are alike, and that means every treatment plan needs to vary, too, based on each patient’s goals, facial anatomy, and other individual factors.
In a nutshell
What does all this mean? It’s simple: To get the most natural filler results, you need to select a practitioner with plenty of experience and skill.
Michele Meinhart, FNP, has the medical experience and the artistic expertise to create custom filler treatment plans aimed at helping every patient look and feel great. To learn more about fillers and how we can help you look great without looking stiff or “fake,” call 540-389-0909, or book an appointment online at Starkey Medical Esthetics today.