Six Common Dermal Fillers Myths Debunked

Have you ever looked in the mirror and done a double-take because of new wrinkles that seemingly appeared overnight? It is only natural that with age, our skin becomes more susceptible to wrinkles and sagging skin. Time takes its toll, and the agents responsible for keeping our skin plump and moisturized (collagen and elastin) diminish. The result is a loss in volume and the formation of fine lines and those dreaded wrinkles. This is where injectable fillers step in to rejuvenate facial skin by replacing soft-tissue volume loss, enhancing lips, and reducing scar depressions to create a youthful-looking fullness and glow. With so many noninvasive cosmetic options available today, it is hard to know which solution is right for you. Dermal fillers are a tried-and-true option to turn back the hands of time. For men and women in the Greater Philadelphia area, dermal fillers can temporarily erase years from your face to restore a more youthful complexion.

Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute in the Greater Philadelphia area features board-certified dermatologists Dr. Aradhna Saxena and Dr. David Kasper. With two convenient locations to serve patients in the Fort Washington, PA, and Lansdale, PA, areas, they have helped numerous patients by offering the latest cosmetic techniques. Before any cosmetic procedure, it is essential to separate the myths from the facts. Read below as Dr. Saxena and Dr. Kasper and their highly skilled team at Spa 361 outline six common myths regarding dermal fillers.

Myth #1: BOTOX is a filler
Not true. BOTOX®, a superpower in the field of anti-aging, works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. Since the injected muscle can no longer contract, wrinkles will relax and soften. Dermal fillers provide a different type of assistance. Injectable fillers work to plump and volumize the soft tissue in the face that may appear hollow or flat with age. Fillers are most commonly used to treat Crow’s feet, under-eye circles, cheeks, lips and lip lines, and the smile lines that can be found along the cheek and jowl areas.

Myth #2: You will look unnatural
Not true. We’ve all seem someone whose face looks like they have had work done. Every patient's facial anatomy is unique, but artificial-looking cosmetic procedures are often the result of inadequate training and inexperience. It's essential to select a team of specialists like Dr. Saxena and Dr. Kasper at Spa 361, who have extensive knowledge and skill regarding injectable dermal fillers. When done correctly, your results will be beautiful and natural-looking for many months to come. It's highly likely that friends and family will notice that you look renewed, but they may be unsure as to why. Experience goes a long way when it comes to getting the appearance you want with dermal fillers.

Myth #3: Dermal fillers are painful
Not true. Dermal fillers can cause some mild discomfort due to the nature of how they enter your body. However, any pain felt is minimal in comparison to more invasive facial rejuvenation techniques such as a facelift. The fillers that are used at Spa 361, such as Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Radiesse®, are formulated with lidocaine, a numbing agent that can significantly reduce discomfort during the time of injection. Many patients report very little pain, and the results, which can last for up to a year, far outweigh any discomfort.

Myth #4: Bruising and downtime make dermal fillers too inconvenient
Not true. Nothing in life is guaranteed, and this includes any bruising or swelling you may experience following treatment with dermal fillers. While some patients may have some symptoms, they will generally subside in about 7 – 10 days. Any bruising or swelling that does occur can easily be reduced by applying cold compresses to the affected areas. Rest assured, any bruising or swelling can easily be concealed with makeup.

Myth #5: If I hate it, I have to live with it
Not true. The professionals at Spa 361 will work with you to try and fulfill your aesthetic goals. However, some patients may have requested more than the recommended amount be injected or merely want to return to their pre-filler state. In either case, the treatment is reversible. Most fillers are made from hyaluronic acid and can be reversed by using hyaluronidase, which breaks up the acid in the treated areas.

Myth #6: It’s hard to keep up with fillers
Not true. Your dermal fillers are temporary, but many patients see the results last from 6 – 12 months, depending on the filler used and the treatment area. During your appointment, the staff at Spa 361 will discuss a good time to revisit the office for touch-up procedures so you can continue to enjoy your refreshed appearance.

While there are many common myths about dermal fillers in the Greater Philadelphia, PA, area, one thing is a fact — wrinkles, sagging jowls, laugh lines, and fine lines are issues that everyone will contend with as they grow older. Dermal fillers are a fast and effective way to battle the appearance of age. Tailored to what each patient needs, a dermal filler can help you look younger. But having the right, experienced facial rejuvenation team to craft your rejuvenated, more youthful look is essential.

Dr. Aradhna Saxena and Dr. David Kasper are leading dermatologists in the Fort Washington, PA, and Lansdale, PA, areas. Together with their team of aestheticians, they provide their patients with natural-looking, stunning results when it comes to dermal fillers. If you would like to take years off your appearance, we encourage you to contact Dr. Saxena and Dr. Kasper at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute and schedule a consultation today.