Dos and Don’ts of Dermal Fillers – A Comprehensive Guide

November 23, 2023

Dos and Don’ts of Dermal Fillers – A Comprehensive Guide

Dermal fillers have revolutionized cosmetic dermatology with their ability to rejuvenate the skin and restore a youthful appearance in a non-invasive way. While these injectable fillers help to alleviate the signs of aging, they come with some risks too. That’s why it is crucial to understand the dos and don’ts of dermal fillers to ensure the desired results while minimizing potential risks.

This blog provides you with an overview of dermal fillers, to help you make an informed decision when you are considering this procedure.

Know the Basics of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are non-invasive aesthetic injections, which are placed into the targeted facial areas to improve the appearance of volume loss and wrinkles that are a result of the aging process. It can address various cosmetic issues, including:

  • Smoothing wrinkles and fine lines
  • Restoring volume beneath the skin
  • Bringing symmetry to your facial features
  • Enhancing shallow areas
  • Reducing under-eye circles
  • Improving acne scars

It is important to work closely with a qualified dermatologist, to choose the correct type(s) that are compatible with skin type, current medications, family history, etc.  Our providers always want patients to make an informed choice. Some dermal fillers include:

  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) Fillers – CaHA fillers like Radiesse helps reduce the appearance of your deep wrinkle.
  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers – HA fillers, such as Restylane, help to add volume to your skin while keeping it hydrated.
  • Poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA) Fillers – PLLA fillers like Sculptra help to enhance your body’s collagen production, thus smoothing out deep wrinkles.
  • Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Fillers – PMMA fillers like Bellafill consist of collagen and add volume to your skin, keeping it firmer.

What Are the Dos of Dermal Fillers?

To maximize the efficiency and success rates of your desired aesthetic results, go by the following dos of dermal fillers:

  • Research and Choose a Qualified Practitioner: Thoroughly research and select a qualified practitioner with extensive experience and a proven track record. Check out their credentials, online reviews, and before and after photos to make an informed decision. Sonya Kenkare, MD adds, “Communication between you and your provider is a key factor in getting your best look.”
  • Consultation and Personalized Treatment Plan : Schedule a consultation to discuss your cosmetic concerns and desired outcomes, the benefits and complications of the procedure, and your expectations. This will allow the practitioner to tailor a personalized treatment plan to address your unique concerns.
  • Disclose Medical History and Allergies: Disclosing your complete medical history and any allergies will help your practitioner choose the right filler to ensure your utmost safety during and after the procedure.
  • Set Realistic Expectations: Set realistic expectations for the results you can achieve. Remember, dermal fillers are not a permanent solution and the lasting time of results varies depending on the type used, your aftercare, and overall health.
  • Follow Pre-Treatment Instructions: Following any pre-treatment instructions (like avoiding blood-thinning medications or makeup) enhances the effectiveness of the fillers while minimizing potential risks.
  • Carefully Consider the Type and Amount of Filler: Choose the type and amount of filler suitable for your specific needs, facial anatomy, and desired results. Seek your practitioner’s help and guidance to walk through this process.
  • Follow Aftercare Instructions: Following the aftercare instructions, such as avoiding excessive sun exposure and strenuous activities, can enhance the longevity of results from dermal fillers.

What Are the Don’ts of Dermal Fillers?

To minimize the potential complications and risks to your skin, follow these don’ts of dermal fillers:

  • Don’t Rush Into the Decision: Rather than deciding in a hurry, be sure to take the time to educate yourself about the procedure, potential risks, and desired outcomes.
  • Don’t Bargain for Dermal Fillers: Instead of negotiating the cost of dermal fillers, prioritize quality and safety to avoid potential side effects and risks.
  • Avoid Excessive Treatments: Don’t undergo treatments back to back to achieve perfect and precise results. Ensure to undergo procedures with recommended intervals for your skin’s health and safety.
  • Don’t Undergo Procedures From Unlicensed Practitioners: Never undergo procedures from unlicensed practitioners just to settle for low cost. Make sure to verify the credentials and qualifications of the practitioner to ensure your safety and optimal results.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activities Immediately After Treatment: Engaging in strenuous activities after treatment will increase your blood pressure, thus aggravating swelling and bruising around the treatment site.
  • Don’t Expose Treated Areas to Excessive Heat or Sunlight: Avoid going under excessive heat exposure (such as sauna or hot tubs) or direct sunlight as it can exacerbate inflammation in the treated areas.
  • Don’t Neglect Follow-Up Appointments: Ignoring follow-up appointments with your practitioner can obstruct monitoring and making necessary adjustments to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Avoid Overuse of Makeup: Makeup products in conjunction with dermal fillers can irritate your skin, and overdoing them can lead to complications, such as swelling, bruising, pain, and discomfort.

Risks/Complications of Dermal Fillers

  • Bleeding, redness, pain, bruising, and swelling
  • Rashes and itching
  • Lumps or bumps under your skin
  • Asymmetrical appearance
  • Numbness
  • Acne-like pimples
  • Scars-causing skin damage
  • Infection
  • Skin necrosis in severe cases

When to Seek Professional Help?

You must get immediate medical intervention if you are experiencing the following symptoms post-filler injections:

  • Pain or bleeding
  • Eyesight issues along with discomfort, weakness, or pain on one side of the body
  • Signs of infection, such as fever, swelling, or redness at the injection site
  • Signs of allergies or anaphylaxis, including shortness of breath

What Our Providers Say:

Dr. Sonya Kenkare:  Do: Seek professional advice, research, and follow aftercare. Don’t: Self-administer, overdo, skip consultation, or ignore side effects”.

Traci Walters, PA-C: Don’t rush decisions, ignore potential risks, or disregard follow-up appointments”.

Get Smooth, Radiant-Looking Skin with Our Dermal Fillers Specialist

Looking for top-notch dermal fillers in Illinois and Indiana? Look no further than the renowned Illinois Dermatology Institute where we prioritize desired results and patient satisfaction. Our dermatologists and aesthetic specialists including Dr. Sonya Kenkare in Hinsdale and Traci Walters, PA-C in La Grange, IL are equipped with the latest techniques and premium dermal fillers to help you achieve your desired facial rejuvenation goals. Schedule an appointment to redefine your skin’s radiance.

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