Amanda, NP, injecting filler into a patient's face

Demystifying Facial Fillers

For more than four decades, experts in the medical aesthetics field have been offering facial fillers. During that time, there have been plenty of changes in what is available, what the FDA has approved for cosmetic use, and the results patients can expect. Considering this lengthy evolution, it’s no wonder some new facial filler candidates have questions about what their best options are, where to get facial fillers, and how they will look after treatment.

In 2023, with a variety of truly safe and effective options available, it’s time to really demystify concerns and worries about facial fillers because when they are done right, the results are spectacular, and they are also stress-free, pain-free, and natural looking.

What are facial fillers?

Let’s start by explaining what facial fillers are, and in particular, what that blanket term means today. When we talk about facial fillers or dermal fillers, we are typically referring to hyaluronic acid gel. Although there are other types of fillers like calcium hydroxylapatite, lactic acid and even fat grafting, hyaluronic acid fillers are the most common and require the least commitment on your part.

Hyaluronic acid is one of the body’s naturally occurring substances that is responsible for lubricating the skin and giving it structure. During treatment, this gel is injected into targeted areas like the lips, cheeks, or jawline to add fullness or even fill wrinkles.

Companies like Juvéderm and Restylane offer various filler products with different consistencies that are targeted to benefiting specific areas of the face. Depending on the product used, results from dermal filler injections can last from 6 to 18 months.

Do facial filler injections hurt?

Patients who are new to fillers often wonder what they feel like and ask whether the injections will hurt. While we can’t say you won’t feel a thing, we begin a filler injections appointment by applying a topical numbing cream to minimize discomfort. Many of today’s fillers include some lidocaine, which increases the comfort of the experience. You might feel a slight burning or stinging, but it won’t last long.

Do facial fillers look natural?

One of the exciting aspects to facial fillers is that the injector has control over how much product is used. This means, your results can be as natural as you want them to be. Before treatment, we discuss a patient’s goals and help them set realistic expectations. We can start with a less noticeable outcome to make sure new patients are comfortable with their appearance. It is simple enough to add more product if needed!

How do I find a good facial filler injector?

The best facial filler product in the hands of an inexperienced injector can lead to many of the filler fails you may have seen or heard about. Who is doing your injections matters just as much, if not more, as what is being injected. You want to find a professional with a lot of experience who has credentials, certifications, and even awards behind them.

At Greenwich Medical Spa, we have been performing dermal filler injections since 2005, and we are among the top 1% of Juvéderm facilities in the entire U.S. We are recognized as an Expert Injector by New Beauty magazine, an honor given to less than 3% of doctors who perform injectables. We’ve also won RealSelf’s Top 25 Most Loved Injector Award, and we have one of the Top 25 injectors in the nation on our team.

How do I make the most of facial fillers?

As stated above, facial fillers are not permanent, so to maintain your results, you will return for touch-up visits as needed. Another great way to keep up the more youthful appearance facial fillers give you is by combining them with that other acclaimed injectable, BOTOX.

Facial fillers are excellent for adding volume and fullness, plumping lips, filling wrinkles, and lifting hollow or sunken areas. BOTOX is used to relax facial lines and wrinkles, especially on the upper half of the face. Together, these treatments can give you an overall boosted appearance.

In fact, Allergan, the makers of BOTOX and Juvéderm, are hosting a Juvéderm Day to highlight this facial filler treatment and how it makes an excellent accompaniment to BOTOX. Our faces age in different ways, and this two-art approach of combining BOTOX’s ability to smooth wrinkles with Juvéderm’s capacity for lifting and filling will meet you where you are and take you where you want to be.