By Oreoritse Tariemi
March 27, 2022 | 12:11 p.m.
Cosmetic surgeries have become more and more popular lately. Thanks to these procedures, you can adjust your face and body according to your conception of beauty. One of these popular cosmetic procedures is fillers. Fillers are a cosmetic procedure that returns sagging skin to its original firmness, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. So how can we…
Cosmetic surgeries have become more and more popular lately. Thanks to these procedures, you can adjust your face and body according to your conception of beauty.
One of these popular cosmetic procedures is fillers. Fillers are a cosmetic procedure that returns sagging skin to its original firmness, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
So how do you know if this procedure is right for you? And what do you need to know before and after receiving fillers?
Here’s your go-to guide to everything you need to know about fillers to ensure a successful, mess-free session.
Why should I get a filler?
One thing we all agree on is that change is constant and our skin is no slouch. The older we get, the more our skin loses important fibers that keep it elastic and firm. In addition, part of the fat under the skin atrophies, which makes the face look longer.
These signs of aging can easily be reversed with a facelift. A facelift is a surgical procedure that involves cutting a section of skin and tightening excess skin over the area. As you can imagine, this is an invasive procedure. Nevertheless, its effects are more drastic and long-lasting.
On the other hand, getting fillers is a preferred option for those looking for subtle but permanent improvements in their skin. Dermal fillers are non-invasive and reversible.
Where can fillers be injected?
Here are some areas where your doctor might want to inject a filler and why:
- Under Eyes – Fat loss under the eyes causes a “sunken eye” and makes one look malnourished and dehydrated.
- On the forehead – This smooths out the furrows of the eyebrows and the frown lines.
- Cheekbones – This tightens the area around the cheek, restoring a droopy cheek and defining the features.
- Nasolabial folds – Smooth hook-like lines on either side of your mouth.
- Lips – Fuller lips give a youthful, luscious appearance.
- Hands – Removes wrinkles and firms sagging skin.
- Acne Scars – Fillers erase acne scars.
What are the fillers made of?
Filling components have a similar effect on your skin, but they can be obtained from a wide range of materials. Some fillers are endogenous substances. Here is a list of some FDA-approved fillers for dermal use.
- Hyaluronic acid, eg Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero
- Calcium hydroxylapatite, eg Radiesse
- Poly-L-lactic acid, for example, Sculptra
- Polymethyl methacrylate, for example Bellafill
- Autologous fat injections: this is very far from another area of the client’s body. These are fillers generally obtained by liposuction.
How to dissolve fillers?
Depending on the type and brand of your putty, it can naturally dissolve in 6 months to 2 years. However, if you want to speed up the breakdown, first recall the brand of load you used.
For hyaluronic acid fillers (the most popular type), use an injection called Hyaluronidase. Within 24 hours, any signs of filler will be gone.
An injection of sodium thiosulfate will quickly dissolve a load of calcium hydroxylapatite.
Experts say dissolving a Sculptra module is often difficult and living with an overfilled face is much easier than the procedure required to remove it.
How not to use fillers
The FDA states that fillers should not be used on areas other than the face, lips, and hands. The association warns in particular against the use of fillers for:
- Breast enhancements
- Butt lift
- Large Scale Body Alterations
- Muscle building
- Hip enhancements
Misuse of fillers in the wrong place or overuse in the right place can lead to serious injury, disfigurement, body dysmorphia, permanent scarring or, in the worst case scenario, death.
How much do fillers cost in Nigeria?
The price range varies from clinic to clinic, and a single shot can cost $500 in Nigeria. A shot of Botox costs around 200,000 naira.
What else should I know before making an appointment?
Getting a filler isn’t particularly painful, but your esthetician will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area(s). Once it is gone, you will feel some pain and you may notice that the area is red and swollen. Do not panic; it doesn’t mean your date was botched. It may take 10 to 24 hours for the inflammation to subside, after which the filling can be assessed.
Remember that before opting for a procedure, be sure to think carefully about choosing a professional.
Make sure your beautician is not only well trained, but has excellent results and is readily available to help with any concerns you may have.