We as a society have come a long way in accepting and normalising cosmetic treatments. What used to be frowned upon is now celebrated to have excellent glow-getting benefits. Take fillers for instance! Often ridiculed for treatments that have gone wrong, fillers are now seen as the mainstay for youth-enhancing and contouring results.

What’s not to love, anyway? Fillers offer a great solution to sagging skin, and they improve your facial structure and contour. Plus, they look so effortless and subtle, yet spruce up your look like no other. 

But just like other cosmetic treatments, it’s best to ask your doctor for answers to any questions you might have. Need help? We’ve put together the top 5 questions you should be asking!

Question #1: Do you have experience in fillers and other injectables(ask for photos!)?

While it’s reassuring that face fillers are on the rise, they also spell risks, especially when done by unqualified or inexperienced practitioners. Doing so can lead to harmful, trickle-down effects, which defeats the sole purpose of getting fillers to improve your appearance. As such, you should consult only with qualified board-certified dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. Dig deeper into their background and experience and research reviews from their previous patients. Fillers, after all, are more than simply cosmetic enhancements. Their value truly relies on the skill set of the person injecting them!

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Question #2: What kind of fillers do you offer?

There are a multitude of filler types available in the market today. Most are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring component in the body, so they integrate into our skin beautifully. There are also synthetic ones, like polylactic acid, which help restore lost volume due to ageing. Before signing up for your appointment, you should:

  1. Ask for a detailed breakdown of each type that your doctor offers.
  2. Seek advice on which type would work best depending on your desired goals.
  3. Ensure they also utilise FDA-approved fillers to prevent them from harming your body.

Question #3: How should I prepare for my appointment?

It’s important to not take ibuprofen, aspirin, vitamin E, or fish oil for a week before your injections! This reduces bruising, bleeding, and other potential side effects. You should also inform your doctor if you’re currently taking any prescription medicine. Better yet, consult with your doctor on what you should do prior to the treatment. 

Question #4: What are the side effects of fillers?

Fillers have been proven to be a generally safe procedure, especially when done by a skilled practitioner. However, like any other treatment, it’s not uncommon to experience some side effects after your session. You may notice swelling, bruising, or redness around the injection site, but these will subside within one to two weeks. 

Complications may also emerge, although very rare and will only happen if the filler is unintentionally injected into the bloodstream. If this happens near your eyes, it might cause blurred vision or blindness. Visiting an experienced, board-certified injector reduces the hazards listed above, so we’re reiterating the importance of getting your fillers done by an expert!

Question #5:How long will it take before I recover?

What we ultimately love about fillers is that little to no downtime is required following this short, in-office treatment. Bruising and swelling usually subside within a week, and you can return to work immediately. However, we recommend giving yourself at least six months to test out how they look on you – this is especially important if you have a big event coming up, like a wedding! This way, you have wiggle room to adjust or get a touch-up if you end up not liking them. 

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