Recently I have had a lot of time on my hands due to the current pandemic and a lot of time on my hands did not result in eating healthier or working out, but instead it resulted in sitting on my bathroom vanity and staring at my face for what seemed like hours at a time. I started noticing my face was not as “plump” or heart-shaped (as women’s faces should be per Cosmo magazine). Therefore, I decided to do some investigating with the excessive amount of time I had on my hands and look back at old pictures of myself via Facebook and Instagram. Comparing old pictures to my reflection in the mirror, I noticed my cheeks were not as full & my temples looked as if I got hit on both sides of my head with a baseball bat. Also, why do my lips look like a deflated balloon? Why is it when I smile my chin looks like the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz? And why is it when I am not smiling my jowls look like a hound dog!? I immediately called my Bestie in hysterics informing her of my many discoveries and then snapped at her (almost demoting her as Bestie) for allowing me to look like this. Now, I know some of you may say I am being extremely harsh on myself or vain. First off, I don’t care what you think. Number two, since I am single, yes, feeling confident is an important key in this scary world of single life. And finally, I don’t want any of my ex’s to say “wow, good thing we broke us because she does not age well.”
As you age, your skin loses volume and elasticity resulting in the skin beginning to sag. Unfortunately, the fountain of youth has not been discovered and we cannot stop the aging process. However, poor nutrition, sleep deprivation, sun exposure, drinking alcohol, smoking, and other lifestyle factors can speed up the process.
After doing my online research, talking to friends, and having a consultation with a cosmetic injection specialist, I learned about DERMAL FILLERS! Some of you may ask, “what is a dermal filler?” Dermal fillers are a thin gel-like substance made up of hyaluronic acid and are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines, soften creases or enhance facial contours. Hyaluronic acid is a natural occurring substance in our skin & is completely FDA approved. In addition, most fillers feature lidocaine or lidocaine which reduces the discomfort patients may feel when undergoing filler injections. A topical numbing medication or a nerve block can also be done to ease the pain.
Fillers provide immediate and subtle result and will be leave your friends and family wondering what skin care product you started using. I say keep’em guessing honey!
The entire procedure typically takes 30 in addition of course to a little time for numbing. Basically, you can get it done in your lunch break, or as I like to call it, a “lunchtime facelift.” Patients may experience mild swelling or redness, slight tenderness or more bruising. Another benefit of fillers is the long-lasting results. Typically, fillers last about 9-12 months, but may be a little less depending on how quickly a person metabolizes the product and placement.
I am sure you are asking where you can get fillers injected and how much do they cost? Fillers can be injected almost anywhere in the face: cheeks, lips, jaw line, temples, chin, smile lines, and even in the hands to help reduce wrinkles and the “skeletal” appearance from loss of subcutaneous fat. There is such a wide variety of fillers so an experienced practitioner will know the appropriate filler depending on the location and the “look” you want. The cost of fillers typically ranges from $600-$750 per syringe, but a lot of Med Spa’s run specials so don’t be afraid to ask!
Lastly, some of you may not agree with me, but fillers can improve self-confidence. We are our own worst critics and majority of people have “that one thing” that bothers them that others may not notice or think it is a big deal. It is okay for people to want to be happy with their appearance. Fillers are a great option for a non-invasive procedure that has instant results with a very natural look.
With all of the information I have so kindly provided, I can probably bet you agree with me that Dermal Fillers is a no-brainer when it comes to the life changing advantages. If you are considering dermal fillers or if you are unsure if you are an appropriate candidate for dermal fillers, I recommend you have a consultation with an experienced aesthetic practitioner. During your consultation, discuss with your practitioner your aesthetic goals and your provider can create a customized plan for achieving all your goals!