The word “filler” can be intimidating, especially for first time users. But we’re here to help break the filler stigma and provide authentic, real information regarding dermal filler. Unfortunately, social media and reality tv can paint dermal filler in an “over-filled” negative light. Worry not, at NSPS our goal is subtlety and natural looking results, leaving you looking rejuvenated, youthful, and the best versions of yourself. This blog is intended to provide answers to many of the most commonly asked questions regarding dermal filler.

What is dermal filler?

There are multiple facial fillers on the market. At NSPS we only use Hyaluronic acid based filler, Juvederm and Restylane. This is important because Hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved with a solution called hyaluronidase.

Filler can be used to restore volume, create structure, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds.

Where can filler be used?

Filler can be used in multiple areas. Cheeks, temples, smile lines, under eyes, jawline, chin, lips, marionettes, and hands. As we age, our skin elasticity, fat, muscle, ligaments, and bone density changes. Leading to a less youthful appearance. Adding filler to areas of volume depletion will result in a more youthful face, leaving you feeling more confident. Younger clients tend to desire a plumper lip or a more contoured cheek bone. While other clients are looking to slow down the aging clock and restore volume depletion.

What should I do prior to my appt?

It’s very important you’re not sick at the time of your appt. I recommend you’re healthy and not recovering from a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection.

No dental procedures 2 weeks leading up to your appt.

Bruising is highly likely and can last 1-2 weeks, so be sure to plan your injections accordingly. Ways to minimize bruising:

  1. 1- avoid aspirin, NSAIDs, and fish oil 1 week leading up to your treatment
  2. 2- avoid alcohol 2 days before
  3. 3- take Arnica 5 days leading up to your treatment and continue taking after your injection
  4. 4- cold compresses post injection for 6 hours

Inform your injector of all medical conditions and allergies: especially past facial surgeries, history of cold sores, autoimmune disease, and current medications.

Post procedure care?

No makeup for 24 hours. No exercise for 24 hours. Avoid hot yoga and saunas for a few days. No dental procedures for 2 weeks. Avoid touching the face for 24 hours.

Common side effects?

  • Bruising: it happens and is normal. If you’re getting injected with a needle expect to bruise.
  • Swelling: this is especially true for lip injections. Peak swelling can last 24-48 hrs.
  • Bumps and lumps: filler takes time to integrate into the tissue. If you feel a bump or lump it’s normal and will likely resolve in 2-4 weeks.

When will I see results?

Immediately. However, due to swelling, redness, and possible bruising. Expect your final results in 2-4 weeks post injection.

Rare side effects:

  • Infection: that’s why it’s important to follow pre procedure and post care instructions
  • Occlusion: this is when filler gets accidentally introduced into a vessel, stopping blood flow. This is the worst case scenario. Thankfully it’s uncommon but always a risk. Safety is my number one priority! At NSPS we have an occlusion protocol in place to keep you safe. I’m always watching your skin for signs of occlusion. Choose an injector who knows their anatomy and discusses risks with you!

How long will it last?

Duration ranges depending on the filler used. There are fillers that have a 2 year, 18 month, 12 month, and 6-8 month duration. Depending on the product choice and the area treated will determine the duration.

Does it hurt?

Most first time clients are surprised with the pain, rating the pain 2 out of 10. It honestly depends on where the injection is and the method used to inject the product (cannula vs needle). Lips tend to be the most uncomfortable but numbing cream is used to make the procedure more tolerable.

Will I look like myself?

Yes! Our goal is to help you look more refreshed and confident. Most clients are scared of the “housewife look”, know my goal is subtlety. It takes 5 syringes to make one teaspoon!

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