Perhaps your smile lines are more prominent these days, or you’re envying the cheeks of your favorite celebrity. Maybe your lips are looking more deflated than full as you age. But by now, you’ve likely discovered that injectable fillers can be used to address all these concerns. As with any medical treatment, it’s important to know what to expect before diving into the world of injectables. That includes possible side effects — and how much time and money you’ll need to commit to maintaining your newfound results.
[Editor’s note: Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, it has potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a doctor to see if it's right for you. Have more questions Chat with our team of trained aesthetics specialists now.]
First, let’s get a better understanding of what fillers are, exactly. Typically, they’re a gel that is injected into the dermis of the skin in areas like the cheeks, lips, or laugh lines to help replace volume loss. “They [also] help fill in and lessen the appearance of [moderate to severe] lines,” explains Dr. Shereene Idriss, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York.
As far as your investment goes, you can expect to spend around $600 to $1,000 on a filler treatment, depending on the areas you’re getting injected, how much you need, your geographical location, and your provider. Your return on that investment? Results that typically last for a few months up to two years, depending on the product used and area injected.
It can also depend on the type of filler being used, which Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, says usually falls into one of three categories. “The first is [a modified form of] hyaluronic acid, the [complex] sugar found naturally in our body giving our skin its plumpness,” he explains. The next category is biostimulatory fillers, such as those made with poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). “These work by stimulating fibroblasts in the skin to rev up collagen production,” he shares. “Finally, there are calcium hydroxylapatite fillers,” he adds. They can also stimulate collagen.
Everyone’s experience with cosmetic injectable treatments is different, so be sure to book a consultation with an experienced provider to get a recommendation tailored to you. Your injector can help you get a better sense of which fillers are best suited for you. Connect now with our team of trained aesthetic specialists to find a provider near you.