How Much Dermal Filler Might be Right for You?
Over the past several years, we’ve seen product after product emerge, promising to correct the signs of aging with hardly a moment of downtime. Some of the most popular treatments performed today include dermal fillers, also known as soft tissue fillers due to the way the soft tissue under the skin responds to specific ingredients in these products. You may have heard of dermal fillers and feel like you’re ready to step foot into the injectable arena. Before you do, there is something you want to ask.
How much filler will I need?
Because dermal filler treatment is so common, this is a question that often goes unasked. There seems to be an assumption that a provider can respond to requests like “please give me Kylie lips” without hesitation. It’s not that it isn’t possible to achieve certain results from dermal filler treatment so much as how much it may take to do this. The last thing you want is to arrive for your dermal filler appointment thinking one syringe is all it will take, only to be disappointed with the degree of improvement you see. Here, we point out a few of the factors that may affect how much product is needed for different people.
The Details are Tiny
- People with very low body fat typically have smaller fat pads on their face. Contouring will require more filler.
- People with poor skin firmness (demonstrated in sagging or thin skin) typically need more filler.
- Older patients may have experienced more significant atrophy of their facial bones and muscle tissue and may need more filler to restore contours.
- Every person’s tissue may respond a little differently to dermal fillers. We can observe the effects immediately and make adjustments if more filler is needed.
Expectations are Everything
Multiple studies observing beauty and plastic surgery treatments have found that patients who know what to expect, including the limitations of their chosen procedure, are happiest with their results. With dermal fillers, it is good to know that:
- Subtle results are possible. You won’t look 10 years younger after filler treatment, but you’ll look great!
- It’s possible to overdo it. Trying to get specific contouring, one may ask for too much filler, resulting in a puffy face. If needed, hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved.
- Dermal fillers cannot tighten the skin or make it appear tighter. Where there is laxity, more filler is needed to round out contours.