10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With FillerJuly 28, 2020
You’re probably aware that fillers can be used for anti-aging, for replacing volume that is lost naturally as we get older, and for plumping up lips. What you may not know is, with the right technique and a different density, they can also be used for shaping, hydrating and smoothing the skin. In some cases, they may even be able to replace cosmetic surgery.
Here are the top ten things you didn’t know you could do with dermal fillers.
Contrary to popular assumption, fillers are not always used to make your lips large. They can also be used to enhance your lip’s natural shape.
The goal with a lip flip is to add a bit of an innocent upward curl to the top lip. It can be done with anti-wrinkle injections; they’re used to relax certain muscles above the lip so that other muscles enable a bit of an upward curl. According to our injectors, though, you’ll get a more pronounced and longer-lasting result with a bit of dermal filler added to the philtrum. It’s a subtle enhancement that also brings out your cupid’s bow.
As we get older, our skin loses its natural elasticity and tautness. This can lead to looser skin above the eyes (hooded eyelids) and sinking brows. There are a few ways to get a brow lift without surgery, and filler is one of them.
A little bit of supportive filler can be placed against the brow bone above the eyes to lift and support your brows. It only takes a small amount that can then be massaged out so instead of a ridge, you have smooth, naturally raised and arching brows.
Reshape your jawline
If you’ve ever wanted a more heart-shaped or V-lined lower face, or just to slim the appearance of your chin without surgery, filler can help.
A thicker filler that holds it shape better can be used to contour the jawline or reshape your chin.
A slimmer, slightly elongated chin can help create the appearance of a slimmer face. Fillers added to the back of the jawbone can also help bring out a more heart-shaped face. It depends on your goals and the natural shape you begin with.
Alternatively, as some men with beards want to bring out more of a squared jaw, filler can be used for that, too. It’s just a different location and technique for the filler injection.
These treatments may be paired with non-surgical facial slimming for best results.
Smoother Lipstick That Doesn’t Run
As we get older, we lose some volume our face with natural fat atrophy, but we often lose volume in our lips as well. This can create a dry, cracked appearance when lipstick is applied.
Lipstick can also run into smoker’s lines (those tiny fine lines that appear around the mouth when we pucker). They’re called smoker’s lines, but even non-smokers can get them. They can act like irrigation for lipstick.
Even a small, subtle amount of lip filler can help keep the skin plump and full, so you don’t get those vertical lines and your lipstick stays where it should.
Smooth The Surface Of Your Skin
Dermal fillers are made from a substance that occurs naturally in your skin’s moisture barrier. You’ll sometimes find it in higher end skincare products because of its ability to hold water in the skin.
As a filler, it can replace volume or add shape. When it’s dispersed across the skin in very small amounts, it can help plump and smooth the overall surface of the skin. It helps to reduce creping skin while also providing better hydration for a brighter appearance.
A serum can be microneedled into the skin, or for more powerful results, it can be injected in small amounts across the superficial layer of skin, in what is known as the Glow Factor, Beauty Booster or MicroFiller treatment.
Smooth Out Forehead Ridges
Sometimes, we just naturally have a ridge or unevenness in our forehead. Sometimes, with aging and volume loss, we tend to get some hollows in our temples that create the appearance of a ridge.
These are often subtle features, and they’re not uncommon, but if you want to change them, it can be done. Again, a thicker dermal filler would be used that can hold its shape to fill out any dips. The filler can also be massaged and moulded to create a smooth transition from the ridge out.
Temples are usually recommended for mid-aged to slightly older clients. If your skin is still youthful and taught around the temples, it is considered a slightly riskier area. You should always book a consultation with a doctor to discuss potential risks and benefits.
Sometimes, you have more volume in one side of your face, or one side of your lip is much smaller than the other. This can be genetic or it can be influenced by sleeping on the same side every night.
Regardless of the cause, a good cosmetic injector can recognise the shape and tell you if it can be adjusted. You don’t have to look like you’ve added volume to your overall features, but you can even out your features on each side of your face.
There are different types of acne scars; ice pick scars, rolling scars, boxcar scars, atrophic scars and hypertrophic scars. Some of these are best treated with laser scar repair or skin needling, but some of the deeper, more depressed scars can be treated with dermal filler.
In scars where the skin is depressed or sunken down, filler can be used to raise the bottom of the depression in line with the rest of the skin.
Acne scarring can be a complex, and each person’s scarring is unique, so it’s a good idea to have a consultation and work out your options and a holistic treatment plan that might involve more than one modality if you have different types of acne scarring.
The first signs of ageing show up on your hands. Of your entire body, hands are the most consistently exposed to UV radiation from the sun. We wear hats and sunscreen on our face, but we don’t wear gloves and when we wash our hands, we wash the sunscreen off with it.
UV radiation causes pigmentation and collagen breakdown. Collagen breakdown in the hands causes the skin to become thinner. You may notice wrinkles or that your tendons and veins look like they’re popping up.
Small amount of filler can be used to thicken the skin on your hands and reduce the visibility of wrinkles, tendons and veins, so your hands will no longer show your age.
Reshape Your Nose
Non-surgical rhinoplasty, aka the non-surgical nose job, involves a thick filler to adjust the shape of your nose without surgery. There are different techniques to add a bridge, hide a dorsal lump, create a straighter appearance to a crooked nose, or to lift and support the tip of the nose if it has turned downward.
The treatment time is short and there is no surgery, no anaesthesia and downtime required.
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