What should I know before getting fillers? Our Bryn Mawr and Newtown Square-based patients often ask us this question when they are thinking about getting facial fillers for the first time.

First, it’s important to understand that as we age, new wrinkles continue to appear, and our face shape changes due to loss of collagen, elastin, fat and bone.

Injectable fillers, also known as facial fillers or dermal fillers, are injected beneath the surface of the skin, where they restore volume and lift. Filler injections reduce the severity of wrinkles, fill out and soften hollow areas, and provide an overall more youthful, smooth appearance.

Filler treatments should not be confused with BOTOX® injections, which work by blocking nerve signals to the muscles as a way of softening dynamic (caused by muscle contractions) wrinkles.

Although facial filler injections are minimally invasive procedures, there are a few more things you should know beforehand if you want to get the best results.

There Are Different Types of Fillers

There are many different types of fillers available in each filler family. To optimize your results, you may need to combine more than one type to get the most natural look. Each filler is used for different reasons and has unique physical properties, including particle size. For example, more robust fillers are typically used in the cheeks and jawline, while lighter, more spreadable fillers are ideal for the lips and undereye hollows. We will help you decide on the best customized treatment plan.

Good Fillers Will Be Barely Noticeable

One of the biggest misconceptions about fillers is that they will make you look fake, unrealistic, or “overdone.” The truth is that when it comes to fillers, the best work will be virtually undetectable. The results should be very natural-looking and subtle. The best way to achieve this effect is to choose an experienced injector.

You’ll Need to Avoid Certain Things

Bruising and swelling are two common side effects of fillers. You can reduce the severity of these effects by avoiding alcohol, aspirin, and other blood-thinning medications and supplements for several days prior to your treatment. We advise you to never stop any medications without checking with your prescribing physician.

What should I know before getting fillers? Our team at Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa has the answers to this and any other questions you may have about cosmetic treatments. Call us at 610.525.5029 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.

Victoria A. Cirillo-Hyland