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What You Should Know About Dental Dermal Fillers
People who want a beautiful smile can spend thousands of dollars on dentistry work, but dermal fillers are another option to help. Anyone interested should know there are many options to choose from and many facts to consider before undergoing a procedure.
Facts about dermal fillers
One of the first steps on the way to receiving any kind of procedure is to understand the facts. This is true for fillers and injections, too. Understanding the facts can help individuals feel more confident in the decision-making process.
There is the potential for side effects
As with any procedure, there may be side effects to injecting dermal fillers in the face, especially around the mouth. Being aware of these before a procedure means a person understands the risks and knows what signs to look for that something may be wrong. For this type of procedure, common side effects include swelling, redness, bruises, itchiness, pain and the possibility of infections.
There are different types of injections
There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to dermal fillers. Instead, different treatments and substances are used by the industry to provide the desired aesthetic. There are three common types of injections:
- Hyaluronic acid fillers: This is a naturally recurring substance found in the body. Juvederm and Restylane are the most popular types of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers for fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, marionette lines around the mouth and smile lines.
- Synthetic fillers: These are safe to be injected into the body and are made up of artificial materials. Synthetic fillers are often used to plump thin lips.
- Fat fillers: Fat is the substance for this filler and is removed from the body before being injected into another area of the body. This can help add volume to the cheeks and lower eyelids.
Fillers are not permanent
While fillers can reduce lines and add volume to the skin, it is not necessarily a permanent treatment option. Hyaluronic acid fillers can last up to 18 months, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Synthetic dermal fillers may last longer but can still fade over a few years. Fat fillers, on the other hand, are not absorbed into the body as hyaluronic acid and synthetic fillers may be and so last longer. The deeper the injection is placed and the denser the material, the longer the filler typically lasts.
Fillers may promote collagen growth
Fillers mimic collagen by adding volume beneath the skin’s surface to reduce lines or fill in gaps. The treatment, especially repeat injections, can stimulate and promote new collagen growth at the injection site. The body produces less collagen with age, but these injections can activate the growth to promote healthier and younger looking skin.
Lines and sagging may appear around the mouth with age, but dental dermal fillers can help reduce these and also add volume to the lips or cheeks for an overall improved aesthetic. A dentist can assist you with determining the areas around the mouth that may improve your smile’s appearance.
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