When it comes to nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, only Botox® beats dermal fillers in popularity. And since these two powerhouse treatments work and play well together, signing up for a combo treatment can address all the lines and wrinkles life throws at you.
However, just because these treatments are popular doesn’t mean they’re safe and effective for everyone. To ensure excellent results, get your dermal filler injections from a board-certified plastic surgeon like Robert A. Guida, MD. With his extensive education, experience, artistic eye, and familiarity with facial anatomy, no one is more qualified to deliver the smooth, natural contours you want.
Here, Dr. Guida explains your role in the process and how a few simple steps can make all the difference in your filler results.
Do your homework
All dermal fillers are injectable substances that add volume or fullness to your face, but each brand uses a different proprietary formula that addresses specific areas. Some plump thin lips and fill in shallow contours, others soften facial creases and wrinkles and improve the appearance of scars.
The main substances used in today’s fillers are:
- Hyaluronic acid (HA): a naturally occurring substance found in your skin
- Poly-L-lactic acid: a biodegradable synthetic substance that stimulates your skin's natural collagen production
- Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA): used for deeper lines and wrinkles, this mineral-like compound is found naturally in your bones
Dr. Guida favors Juvéderm® and Restylane®, two hyaluronic-acid-based fillers that replace lost volume and hydrate your skin.
How to prepare for getting fillers
Before you get fillers, there are several steps you should take:
Research the right injector
Not all injectors are equally qualified. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist with extensive experience in administering fillers. Ask to see before-and-after photos of the other clients and ask to speak with them about their experience.
Understand that results aren’t permanent and maintenance is required. Depending on the brand and formula, your filler results last about 6-12 months. Over time and with movement, your body metabolizes the filler substance, and the effects fade. But that’s okay, because touch-ups are quick and easy.
Understand the recovery time
One of the best things about fillers is that there’s no downtime required, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have any side effects. Most people return to work or normal activities immediately after treatment, but you may experience redness, swelling, or bruising lasting a few days. It’s up to you when and how you reveal your new look to the public.
Know the risks
While fillers are generally safe, they can cause the side effects we mentioned. In rare cases, serious complications can occur. Again, this is why choosing your injector carefully is important — one who knows the best locations and depths for your injections and is qualified to care for you if complications arise.
Pre-filler treatment tips
Once you’ve made your filler appointment, there are a few more things you can do to ensure great results:
- Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before your treatment
- Stop taking blood-thinning medications or supplements like aspirin or vitamin E a week before the procedure
- Discuss your medical history and any medications you're currently taking with Dr. Guida
Learn more about the fillers we use and which will deliver the aesthetic results you want — schedule an appointment at Robert A. Guida, MD, in New York City or Staten Island, New York, today.