Throughout the years, a number of mythical tales have been circulating about the benefits and efficacy of dermal fillers. To separate fact from fiction, here are four common myths about dermal fillers that have been busted so you can finally learn the truth about this anti-aging cosmetic treatment.
Myth #1: Botox is a filler too, right?
No. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are products that help relax the wrinkles that form when you make facial expressions such as furrowed brows, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Dermal fillers fill in wrinkles and folds, which adds volume in areas of your face that have lost it.
Myth #2: Are dermal fillers painful?
Dermal fillers are typically combined with lidocaine to help alleviate pain and prevent you from feeling needle injections. On a number scale of pain, patients usually register their pain at a 2.5 out of 10. Doctors typically use a topical numbing agent on the area of skin where the injection will be placed, so you don’t feel anything more than discomfort when the treatment is administered.
Myth #3: Can others tell if I’ve had dermal fillers?
Fearing that you will look dramatically different is normal, but in the capable hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon, the results of dermal fillers are meant to be moderate. If you choose to verbalize your choice to have dermal fillers, that is up to you. Otherwise, it can be difficult for others to notice you’ve had treatment unless they see bruising, redness, and swelling that occur directly after the procedure.
Myth #4: You can’t un-ring a bell, right?
Dermal fillers can be used multiple times, as the average lifespan of one treatment is about three months to one year. Speak with your doctor about a reversing agent if you do not like how dermal fillers have changed the appearance of your face.
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