Fillers: Where To Prick Them and Why


When the word “fillers” is used, many people recall pumped lips, once pricked with biopolymer gels (the scourge of the early 2000s). You don’t need to be afraid of fillers, you need to understand which of them will not harm you, in what situation they will help and who really needs them.

What are fillers?

Filler in translation – “filling”. This is a substance that fills some kind of hole, lumen where something is missing. Fillers are used for both aesthetic and medical reasons.

They can fill mimic wrinkles, nasolabial folds, prick in the area between the eyebrows, correct post-acne scars, change the shape of the lips, make a smile when the lip drops. For example, the corner of the mouth of a person begins to drop, and we cannot raise it with the help of a toxin, but with the help of a filler. This technique is called Mona Lisa Smile. The indications for dermal filler products are completely different, you can fill anything, anywhere, and in any way. Up to the point that you can fill even a flabby earlobe and use a jawline filler to get a more desirable jawline.

What fillers are there?

In this article, we are only talking about safe products. These are preparations based on stabilized hyaluronic acid or based on a mixture of stabilized and unstabilized hyaluronic acid. They are safe because they are 100% eliminated, absorbable, and do not give irreversible side effects.

What fillers can harm?

All the other. For example, a synthetic filler, the same biopolymer gel, is also a filler, but it will not dissolve in the skin and can, for example, migrate from the nasolabial fold to the chin and distort your face. There are quite a lot of fillers on the market now. Based on this, you should understand that before injecting a product, you must definitely contact a specialist – a doctor who will competently explain which product is right for you. All non-hyaluronic fillers have a place to be, they are good, even excellent. But you need to know in what situation and how to use them. If you are injected with a hyaluronic filler, there will be no harm, because any doctor can cure the consequences. But if a product of a different nature is injected, then in this situation there may be complications that will be treated only in a clinical setting, only doctors, not just dermatologists, and cosmetologists but also surgeons.

How long does the effect last?

On average, fillers last from three to four months to a year.

First, it depends on the zone of administration. For each zone, preparations of different densities are used. The deeper the zone, the more volume you need to create, the denser the preparation (filler), and the longer it lasts. For example, for small wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, a mild preparation will be selected, and it will dissolve faster. And the nasolabial fold filler will be denser and last longer.

Secondly, the duration of the filler depends on how active the hyaluronidase enzyme is in the body of a particular person. This enzyme is naturally found in our body and dissolves hyaluronic acid. That is why hyaluronic fillers do not last forever and dissolve over time. That is why they are safe and you should not be afraid of them. But there are people whose hyaluronidase enzyme is naturally very active, their filler will last one or two months instead of six months, and nothing can be done about it.

If you don’t like the effect, you can enter the enzyme hyaluronidase, which is sold in ampoules. For example, a girl came and enlarged her lips with a product with hyaluronic acid. She came the next day in tears saying that she didn’t like the result. So, the cosmetologist gives an injection with the enzyme hyaluronidase – and that’s it, in the evening she will forget that yesterday she pricked her lips.

Difference between fillers and botox

Botulinum toxin is used mainly for expression lines that need to be turned off from work. Botox relaxes the muscles, they stop contracting, and the wrinkles are visually smoothed. But in the area of ??the nasolabial fold, you cannot turn off facial expressions (otherwise you will turn into a person without facial expressions). And Botox does not fill anything, so you will not enlarge your lips.

Does injecting fillers hurt?

Pain is a relative concept. A person must understand that any injection on the lips is perceptible. But you can always anesthetize locally with a cream. And if this is the area of ??the lips, you can do conductive anesthesia, as is done in the dentist’s office. But anesthesia is also an injection. Some patients even refuse anesthesia, because now, fortunately, many fillers contain lidocaine (a local anesthetic).

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