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Your Complete Guide to Cosmetic Fillers

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Did you know that 79% of people in the United States alone are unhappy with their appearance? There are many ways in which people can adjust their appearances, but cosmetic fillers are one of the most popular options. The popularity of cosmetic fillers has skyrocketed in recent years and because the process of getting them is so easy and quick, it’s unsurprising to see that more and more people are getting them.

But what are cosmetic fillers exactly and why would you ever need them? More than that, what types of cosmetic fillers are there? What is the recovery process like?

Keep reading and learn more about cosmetic fillers and what it’s like to get them.

What Are Cosmetic Fillers Exactly?

Cosmetic fillers come in all different forms, but their main purpose is always to adjust the structure of some part of your body, usually your face. For example, there are many lip filler options on the market that you can choose from. The point of these fillers is to augment your lips in some way so that they are more symmetrical, full, or voluminous.

This is important for many people who were born with thin lips. Simply by injecting a certain substance into the lips, you will find that your lips will look completely different. For those who have always wanted fuller lips, this is a dream come true.

While lip fillers are one of the more popular fillers, there are also some that are great for the rest of the face. For example, a face filler is a general term for a filler that you can inject into virtually any part of your face. Nose fillers are becoming more and more popular because of the way they can subtly change the shape of the nose.

What You Need to Know About the Cosmetic Filler Procedure

Compared to more invasive cosmetic procedures such as surgery, you will find that the procedure for cosmetic fillers is quite simple and fast. To start, you will go to a consultation so you can discuss with your doctor what results you’re hoping to get from the procedure. Your doctor will also tell you what results will be realistic for you.

Once it’s time for the procedure, you will go to your doctor’s office. The length of the procedure will depend on how much work you plan on getting done. For example, if you plan on getting your lips filled, this will not take very long, likely around 30 minutes, because the treatment area is so small.

On the other hand, if you want to get several different fillers for your cheeks, nose, mouth, and so on, you may spend an hour or more in the doctor’s office. Also, you should always keep your budget in mind when getting fillers. A small amount of fillers can cost quite a lot of money and it can be easy to lose track of how much money you’re spending.

Of course, the last thing you want is to regret your choice because you spent more money than you wanted. When it’s time for the procedure, your doctor will likely apply a numbing cream to your face. This is important because it will minimize the pain you will experience when getting fillers.

Even with the numbing cream, you may still feel a little prick when the needle enters your skin, but you should not be in terrible pain. You will also feel the pressure of the needle and the pressure of the filler entering the space under your skin, but this should not be uncomfortable.

The Procedure

Some clinics prefer not to use numbing cream because it may interfere with the injection process.

If this is the case, don’t worry. The needle doesn’t hurt much in the first place and it feels more like a pinch rather than any real pain. If you can’t stand the pain, you may be able to request some numbing cream to reduce your discomfort.

As your doctor injects the filler into your face, he will inject the filler in a way that will produce the best results for your individual face. This is important because if doctors injected all faces in the same way, the results might not look good on some people because of the unique structure of their faces. Your doctor should know what to do with the fillers after you tell him about what kind of results you want during your consultation.

Once the doctor injects some of the filler, he will be able to evaluate its appearance of it. That way, he can make sure the results look good before moving on with the rest of the procedure. Once the procedure is done, there is no downtime involved and you can get back to your daily life without any problems.

The Cosmetic Filler Recovery Process

The recovery process is more or less as simple as the filler procedure itself. While there is no downtime after getting fillers, there are some things you should avoid to make sure that your fillers heal in the right fashion. Otherwise, your fillers might not end up looking as great as you wanted.

To start, you should avoid strenuous exercise for about a week after getting your fillers. You should also avoid hot environments such as saunas. This is because you will want to keep your face from sweating.

Sweat contains harmful bacteria that could seep into the injection sites in your face and cause an infection. Even if the sweat doesn’t cause an infection, it could still irritate your injection sites and keep them from healing properly. For the first 24 hours after your injections, you should avoid touching your face in any way.

This is especially true with lip fillers. If your lip fillers don’t stay in the exact same location in which your doctor put them, they could make your lips look strange. Because the fillers will be more mobile after getting injected, you will want to avoid pursing your lips, drinking through straws, kissing, and anything else that might put pressure on your lips.

Recovery Tips

You will want to be very careful when cleaning your face as you heal. Try to avoid any harsh cleansers that might irritate the injection sites. You should also not use any exfoliating products for about a week until your skin heals.

In the meantime, use a gentle cleanser and only use the tips of your fingers to wash your face. That way, you won’t risk putting pressure on your fillers which might cause them to shift. After a few days, you will be able to be a bit more mobile with your face.

Also, by that time, your swelling and bruising should start to decrease. After a week, the swelling and bruising should be completely gone. Also, by that time, you’ll have the opportunity to view the results of your fillers.

If they don’t look exactly how you wanted, don’t worry, because hyaluronic acid fillers will eventually dissolve after a year and you can get new fillers.

What You Need to Know About Cosmetic Fillers

Cosmetic fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures around because they are very safe and very convenient. You can get these fillers in any part of your face to improve the appearance of a particular area. The procedure is very fast and there is no downtime involved.

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