Myths and Facts About Fillers

Myths and Facts About Fillers

If you’re seeking a more radiant, youthful look without surgery, you may want to consider fillers. Also known as facial fillers or dermal fillers, this injectable treatment to address fine lines, wrinkles, or creases on your face is quick and usually well tolerated. 

In fact, you can likely fit your filler treatment into a lunch break and get back to your usual activities right afterward — taking your prompt results along with you.

Board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon Robert M. Schwarcz, MD, is pleased to offer patients in Manhattan and Scarsdale, New York, a variety of quality fillers to help you achieve the look you desire. Take a few moments to learn more about fillers here, including several myths set straight.

Myth: You’ll look like you “had work done”

When you work with an experienced professional, your filler results look natural. You may appear as though you’ve had an excellent night’s sleep or like a younger, more vibrant version of you. 

A responsible provider like Dr. Schwarcz recommends just the right amount of filler versus upselling excessive quantities that could look artificial. Lip fillers often look the best, for example, with a ratio of 1:1 between the bottom and top of your lips and the outer corners.

Your provider will also suggest the ideal type of filler to achieve those natural-looking results. Restylane® Kysse is especially popular for enhanced lips, for example. Other products in the Restylane line are useful for undereye wrinkles, laugh lines, and sunken cheeks.

Myth: Fillers are excruciatingly painful

Yes, dermal fillers involve needle injections. But the treatment isn’t as painful as you might think.

Many fillers contain lidocaine, which provides a temporary numbing sensation for increased comfort. The needles themselves are quite tiny and are only injected briefly. For added ease, you can also request a topical numbing cream or ice pack to apply beforehand.

Myth: Botox® and Dysport® are types of filler

Like fillers, Dysport and Botox are injectable treatments that smooth fine lines and wrinkles, but in different ways than filler. While fillers are solutions that add volume in areas of your face to create a more youthful look, Dysport and Botox work on your facial muscles, temporarily paralyzing them to address wrinkles caused by facial expressions. 

Dysport and fillers also vary in the timing and longevity of results. Dysport results are noticeable within a week or so, and filler results are immediately visible. And while Dysport results may fade within 3-4 months, filler results may last for 6-12 months

Because Dysport and fillers work differently, they may also compliment each other. Your provider can help determine whether one or both treatments is best for you.

Get a smoother, younger, fuller-looking face

To learn more about nonsurgical facial fillers or to get started with your desired treatment, call one of our offices to book an appointment with Dr. Schwarcz today. You can also request an appointment through this website using our online scheduling tool.

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