How Safe Are Fillers?
Fillers are becoming more and more popular in today’s society, with people adding fillers into their regular aesthetics routine. In a recent survey of 51,000 people, over half said they viewed lip fillers similar to getting your nails or hair done! However, like everything, the more popular something becomes, the more scrutiny it comes under. So, how safe are fillers?
This week, we will look at how fillers work and why they are a safe aesthetics procedure. This guide aims to set your mind at ease for those who undergo regular filler appointments or those thinking about getting filler for the first time. We are here to reassure you that the reason this treatment is so popular is that it’s so safe. Fillers unsurprisingly made it to the top five most popular minimally invasive procedures in 2018 and, in the last five years, have seen a 40.6% increase!
What are fillers, and how do they work?
Fillers are made of sugar molecules or hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring chemical found in the body, used to hydrate and plump the skin. Fillers are not a permanent procedure; instead, they are used to temporarily fill lines and wrinkles or add volume to areas such as the lips and cheeks.
As we age, our skin starts to lose essential proteins such as collagen and elastin, both of which create plump, firm and youthful skin. However, as we enter our 20s, our body starts to reduce the amount of collagen it produces. As a result, the skin begins to age and sag as we no longer produce enough of these proteins to guarantee a youthful and plump appearance. Luckily, thanks to filler, we no longer have to roll over and accept the ageing process and can recreate the appearance of younger, firmer skin.
Filler is a great way to enhance and volumise sunken areas such as the under-eyes, lips, jawlines, chins and temples. However, as this cosmetic procedure grows in popularity, it is not just those looking for anti-ageing benefits that are leaning towards filler. Young people across the country are starting to replicate the trending looks by undergoing filler appointments; whilst some people find this controversial, we struggle to understand the problem?
This safe, FDA-approved procedure can give young people the confidence they want in a society that demands perfection. Whilst we believe everyone is beautiful in their own way, we love to help people achieve their dream looks. Thus, creating happier and more confident clients. Plus, the wonder of filler is that it’s completely reversible; say you change your mind further down the line and decide to return to your natural look, then you can! In fact, think of Molly Mae’s recent decision to dissolve some of her filler; you’ll be able to see she looked gorgeous before, during and after filler! So if you’re feeling hesitant, remember there’s always a way back.
Filler is a gel-like substance that is injected into target areas of the face using a needle. The filler works from the inside out, creating a plumping effect. The amount of filler differs depending on the area, although dosage ranges from 0.5ml to 5ml approximately. Our specialist clinicians know all about the correct dose and will let you know how much you require during your consultation.
Why do fillers get bad press?
Fillers can be deemed an expensive cosmetic procedure, hence why more and more black market dermal fillers are cropping up. It has been reported that those who purchase black market fillers are buying filler that contains substances such as hair gel! When injected, these substances can cause infection and allergic reactions. Not only that but there’s no way you can teach yourself how to do filler at the drop of a hat; incorrect injection methods can cause lumps and swelling.
It should be no surprise to hear that incidents occur when people do not go to a trained medical professional to receive fillers. That is why, like any cosmetic procedure, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Furthermore, scientists and medical professionals from Harvard University have carried out research proving dermal fillers to be ‘safe and effective in the right hands.’
Here at Aesthetics of Liverpool, all of our practitioners are trained to the highest level to ensure that our clients receive the best (and the safest) results. Choosing the right clinic is the first step to ensuring a safe procedure. We make sure to keep in mind your desired look and your safety at all times. So if you’re interested in booking in for fillers, please head over to our website to book your consultation!