Whether you think you know all there is to know about fillers or you’re completely confused, take our filler quiz! We developed it after researching and tracking the best applications for fillers for New York patients, and we think you can benefit from our experience.
Filler True/False Questions
1. Fillers and Botox are similar.
False! Fillers are designed to fill moderate to small wrinkles under the skin, to actually lift tissues and enable the surface skin to lie more smoothly. Botox and its cousins are neurotoxins that relax muscles that cause wrinkles through repeated action, such as the “elevens” between the brows.
2. Different fillers are made up of different components.
True! Many fillers, including Restylane and Juvederm, are composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance found normally in the body. Radiesse, for instance, is quite different; it’s made up of calcium-based microspheres.
3. Fillers can be dissolved if you don’t like the results.
True and False! One of the reasons Restylane and Juvederm are so popular is that there’s a dissolving agent, hyaluronidase, that can be used carefully to melt them away. Radiesse and other non-HA based injectables do not have that option, you simply have to wait for your body to metabolize them over time.
4. It’s hard to tell how long fillers will last.
True! We tell our New York filler patients that they can expect results to last for several months up to a year or more. But a variety of factors are at play, including which filler is chosen, where it’s used and your own body’s metabolism.
5. These days, fillers are used mainly for the lips.
False! Fillers can actually be used for a wide variety of areas, from tear troughs beside the nose to the cheeks to marionette lines around the mouth. Fillers even have different formulations designed for different applications.
6. Fillers can be used instead of nose surgery.
True! For the right patient, fillers can take the place, albeit temporarily, of a nose job. They are best suited for smoothing your profile. Fillers can be helpful for building up depressions on the bridge of the nose or softening the look of humps and bumps by adding a little volume around them.
7. After filler treatment, you can go right back to all activities.
False! We advise our New York filler patients to take extra care with their face for a day or two. Although you can go back to work and light activity, it’s best not to lie down for a while or rub the face in any way. Also, you will want to avoid strenuous activity for 24-48 hours.
8. You can just go to a med spa for filler injections.
Actually, this is a trick question. You CAN get injections from practitioners who are not board certified plastic surgeons, but the real question is, “should you?” Placing your face in the care of someone who’s not well-trained in facial anatomy can be risky. The structure of the face is complex, and it’s safest to visit someone who has studied facial anatomy extensively.
An additional benefit of choosing a board certified plastic surgeon for filler treatment is that you’ll have a partner for life. As time passes, you may decide that injections aren’t enough to rejuvenate your face. You’ll then have a trusted professional who knows you and can help you decide on the next best steps.
We work with hundreds of men and women annually in New York, and fillers are one of our most flexible tools. Contact us and see how we might help you look and feel your best!