I’d like to start my second post (first post HERE) on fillers by saying that getting them is a such a personal decision and it really isn’t for everyone. I would never say to a friend that I think she needs fillers and the same applies here. My intention is to share my experience and knowledge for those who are already considering it.
The first step to getting fillers is finding a good practitioner. Though you can search by your area on the Juvederm site or Save Face I think the best option is by word of mouth. One of the reasons I think it’s good to be open about having aesthetic treatments is that sharing our experiences can help steer others into making a good choice for themselves.
As I mentioned in the previous post my personal recommendation is Dr Tapan Patel at PHI Clinic. He puts a big emphasis on having a thorough initial consultation and this is really important, particularly if you want to have your whole face treated.
A good consultation should involve discussing your aims and motivations for getting treatment and this can be in specific terms or more general ones. For example it might be that you’d like to improve your jawline or it might be that you want to look less tired. A good practitioner will then talk about what will and, maybe most importantly, what won’t work for you. They will devise a plan and go over costs. You should be given the opportunity to voice any questions and concerns. You should never feel uncomfortable about asking to see before and after photos so you can see the standard of their work. The consultation should be followed by a cooling off period so you can decide in your own time whether to go ahead or not.
When it comes to having fillers for general rejuvenation there’s a definite sweet spot. Too little and the results are either unnoticeable or the face can look unbalanced. Too much and you can end up looking overfilled. Another less known point is that you don’t always directly treat the areas you want improving i.e. to improve laughter lines you often inject higher up in the face to get a lifting effect.
A liquid facelift is often a term that’s associated with filler. This stems from a technique created by world renowned plastic surgeon Dr Mauricicio De Maio (another Juvederm Ambassador) called the 8-point lift and has now evolved into MD Codes. The face is divided up into defined areas which are treated with the appropriate density Juvederm filler. These areas can include the temples, cheek, chin, jaw etc.
The overall result from using the MD Codes system is nothing short of amazing. It can make your skin look smoother, plumper and more lifted. The cheeks and jawline look more contoured and youthful and eyes look more open. If you compare before and after images side by side the improvement can be quite dramatic but in the flesh the result looks natural because there’s been lots of subtle tweaks and not one major one. You look better but people won’t be able to pinpoint why.
Juvederm fillers are made from Hyaluronic Acid – the substance that’s naturally occurring in the skin and decreases with age. It’s also a bit like the HA topical skin serums most of us use. There’s not just one type of HA filler but several which have varying densities and they’re used at different depths and/or parts of the face. The names include Volite, Volbella, Volift, Voluma and Volux, but it’s entirely unnecessary to try and learn the differences between them as that’s the job of the practitioner.
Juvederm Fillers Of Various Densities
It’s impossible to say definitively if having filler will hurt or not as it depends on where on the face you’re being injected, how much filler is being used and your personal pain threshold. I found having my temples injected hurts more than other areas but it was still completely tolerable. It’s also hard to say how much bruising or swelling you’ll have post treatment as it depends on how much you’re having done and your tendency to bruise/swell but it’s unlikely that it will significant.
The results from filler are immediate but it can take a 2/3 weeks to get the final outcome. This is because it takes a while for the fillers to settle into the skin and any light swelling to subside completely. You might also feel lumps or bumps under the skin, usually at the injection site, but these can’t be seen and will also go within a week or two.
Juvederm fillers can last up to 24 months before they’re naturally metabolised by the body but you can have top ups during that time if you don’t want them to fade completely before having it done again. The other thing worth knowing is that Hyaluronic Acid fillers aren’t permanent and it’s possible to dissolve them with an injection of Hyaluronidase if you’re unhappy with how they look.
I hope I’ve covered all the important issues but please feel free to contact me if you’ve any further questions.
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