The Beauty of Knowledge: Busting Filler Myths

Posted on October 24, 2023

There are constant advancements being made around dermal filler products and understanding their distinctions can be confusing. Many individuals may opt out of these transformative procedures simply because they do not properly understand them. Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine is here to help shed some light on the world of fillers and break the many myths circling them.

Common Filler Myths

Fillers and injectables have been around for a while, but scientific advancements mean constant change and new products. As a result, patients outside the medical world may feel at a loss when trying to decide what cosmetic procedure is best for them. Below, you’ll find a list of myths, and the truth behind them to help ease your worries as you make your decision:

Results are Unnatural

The only way you will get unnatural results from fillers is if too much filler is administered into the wrong area—this is why you should always rely on a trained specialist for your treatment. Fillers are designed to enhance specific areas of the face at specific dosages. For results to look natural, you should choose an experienced practice, like the Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine. With a reputable office, patients will not need to worry about results appearing unnatural.

There Won’t Be a Difference

On the opposite end, other patients worry that fillers may be a waste of time and money with little to no payoff. The smaller the dosage of filler, the more stubble the results will be, however, the results are still apparent either way. If you are seeking dramatic results, you may be encouraged to consider focusing your filler in one target area.

Bad Results Last Forever

Most fillers are made out of naturally occurring substances within the body and fade over time as a result. If you are not happy with your filler results, you can rest assured that it’s not permanent. However, some patients may not want to wait—luckily, they don’t have to. You can talk to Dr. Kalimullah and Dr. Cavanaugh about reversing or enhancing your filler results a few days after your initial treatment.

Recovery is Painful

Unlike most cosmetic surgeries and procedures, the recovery for fillers is fairly minimal. Minor swelling and bruising are common, but at-home remedies can easily reduce any discomfort. The recovery from these symptoms is much quicker than other procedures and discomfort is usually gone within a week. Additionally, the actual procedure is rarely painful. A numbing agent will be applied prior to your injections for your comfort.

It Takes Too Much Time

Fillers are not permanent—this much is true. However, you only need to get fillers every few months. Depending on the individual, type of filler, and area of treatment, patients only need to refresh their filler once every 6 to 8 months. Younger patients and patients using the latest advancements in filler could even get away with a year between filler treatments.

Fillers Can Go Anywhere

You may have heard Botox is used as an umbrella term for all injectable cosmetic treatments, but there are actually numerous injectables and fillers all designed for different uses. Botox is a muscle relaxer to reduce wrinkles, but fillers add volume. Each filler is specifically created to treat in a certain area, so fillers like Restylane and Juvederm are not interchangeable. Which filler should be injected and where must be determined by a professional specialist like Dr. Kalimullah or Dr. Cavanaugh.

Who to Trust with Your Treatments

Finding the right specialist to trust with your aesthetic journey can be daunting, but the Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine is here to help you every step of the way and our board certified dermatologists will ensure you have the best care every step of the way. If you are interested in our dermal filler options, please schedule a consultation.