Facial Fillers—Fact or Fiction

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Dermal fillers are a hit with my Atlanta patients. They are a great way to rejuvenate the face, without surgery. Despite their enormous popularity, there are still a lot of misconceptions about fillers out there. This post is meant to identify and eradicate common myths surrounding these injectable treatments.

Myth: Fillers will make you look like your face is frozen.

Fact: Fillers create subtle, natural looking results.

Many patients worry that BOTOX® and dermal fillers will give them tight skin, a frozen expression, or overfilled features. In reality, a skilled injector creates results that look natural, leaving your friends wondering if you’ve lost weight, changed your hair, or just had a restful vacation. An experienced injector will know the right amount of product to use and where to inject it to give you noticeable, yet subtle results. Researching your provider beforehand will give you a better chance of achieving your desired results.

Myth: BOTOX and fillers are the same.

Fact: They are very different, and used for very different things.

Though they are both injectables, BOTOX and dermal fillers are quite different. Fillers add soft volume from underneath the skin to erase lines and improve facial contours. BOTOX, on the other hand, is made up of a substance that temporarily immobilizes the facial muscles whose contractions cause dynamic wrinkles—particularly lines at the corners of the eyes and on the forehead.

Myth: Dermal fillers only eliminate wrinkles.

Fact: Fillers can be versatile and treat a variety of skin concerns.

In addition to smoothing lines around the mouth and chin, fillers are commonly used to add shape to the cheeks, fill under-eye hollows, plump up lips, and add definition to the jawline. We offer several options for dermal fillers including Restylane® products, JUVÉDERM® products, RADIESSE®, BELOTERO BALANCE®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic.

Myth: Dermal fillers require a lot of downtime.

Fact: Dermal fillers require little to no downtime.

Most patients resume their normal daily activities within 24 hours of their treatment. In fact, many people call dermal filler injections a “lunchtime treatment” because you can have it done during your lunch break and go right back to work afterwards. Side effects are usually minor, and include redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites. These are usually easy to conceal with makeup and resolve within a few days.

Check out our photo gallery to see real patient results and get an idea of what you can expect from filler injections. If you want to learn more about dermal fillers, book now online or give us a call at (404) 233-3937.

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