What to Do When You’re Unhappy With Fillers
Filler injections can be an ideal procedure for people looking to achieve a more youthful look but who aren’t yet ready to commit to something more permanent. As with any procedure, however, there isn’t a 100% guarantee that you will be happy with your results – and there are certain factors that make a negative outcome more likely. In this article we will look at what those factors are and how to avoid them.
What Are Fillers?
Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally-occurring sugar found in the body. Common commercial varieties include Restylane, Radiesse and Juvéderm. When one of these fillers is precisely injected in small quantities into your facial skin, the hyaluronic acid attracts water molecules, causing an increase in suppleness and volume. The effect of this is to soften lines and wrinkles, giving your skin a more youthful look. The filler also stimulates tissue growth around the injection site, helping achieve long-lasting rejuvenation.
Why Does It Go Wrong?
The most common reasons for patient dissatisfaction with filler treatment are also the easiest to avoid. When fillers are administered by an inexperienced doctor, the end-result may be asymmetrical, unnatural-looking, or outright ineffective. Your face is an extremely delicate and expressive part of your body, and your eyes are very good at detecting when something isn’t quite right. For that reason, it’s vital you find an experienced facial plastic surgeon to administer your fillers. Anyone can inject, only a specialist is far more likely to have a strong aesthetic sense of facial harmony.
Even experienced surgeons – who should know better – sometimes take the wrong approach. Some offer remarkably low fees, but then try to rush through as many patients as possible on a given day. Others have their heart in the right place, but try to apply a one-size-fits-all technique to all patients. You should find a plastic surgeon who will take plenty of time to ensure the best possible results, and who will tailor his or her approach to your individual features. The same is true for any other plastic surgery procedure.
How Can I Fix It?
Fortunately, even if you’re reading this because the disaster has already occurred, there is an easy way to fix poor results from filler treatment. Hyaluronic acid fillers break down naturally over time, but it is also possible for a skilled cosmetic surgeon to dissolve it instantly if that’s what you would prefer. An experienced practitioner may be able to resolve slight asymmetry or lumpiness by simply massaging the filler into place. If the problem is more dramatic, you can ask for an injection of hyaluronidase, which is an enzyme that dissolves the filler. Hyaluronidase isn’t perfect, and it may take a couple of sessions before you are happy with your appearance. By seeking out an experienced surgeon, however, you’ll maximize your chances of a satisfactory result.
Dr. Siegel is a specialist facial plastic surgeon. If you’d like to learn more about dermal fillers or get his advice on correcting a procedure gone awry, make an appointment with him today.