What Are Fillers?

As a result of aging, the subcutaneous fat layer and some structural elements of the skin such as hyaluronic acid, elastic and collagen fibers decrease, which leads to wrinkles and sagging. Fillers are temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent substances that are injected under the skin to remove these wrinkles, sagging, scars, and sometimes to give shape or volume to the skin.

How Do Fillers Work?

The injected fillers fill under the skin to correct the wrinkles, remove sagging, and give a shape to the face by providing volume. Although some fillers are temporary, they stimulate the production of new collagen in the skin while they remain under the skin. Thus, since the skin is renewed, the applied area looks much better than its former state, even after the filler dissolves.

How Are Facial Fillers Applied?

Fillers are injected in small amounts into the wrinkle areas, the areas to be shaped and deemed appropriate by your doctor. The injection is performed with the help of a thin needle or a blunt cannula. Filler injection takes approximately 20-30 minutes. The result can be observed immediately.

What are the Types of Fillers?

Fillers used for aesthetic purposes can be classified as temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent. Among the temporary fillers, hyaluronic acid is widely used in the world. Among semi-permanent fillers, the most commonly used materials are calcium hydroxyapatite, polycaprolactone, and polylactic acid. The permanence of these fillings varies between 1-4 years. Permanent fillers are not preferred today due to their side effects.

What are the Advantages of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers?

Hyaluronic acid is an FDA approved, non-animal, safe and natural product that gives volume where it is injected. Natural hyaluronic acid moisturizes the skin and ensures the maintenance of the ideal firmness level of a young person's face. With the 100% pure form of hyaluronic acid in different concentrations, a better appearance, moisturizing, protection, and refreshment of the face, neck, and hands can be achieved.

For Which Purposes, To Which Areas Can Facial Fillers Be Applied?

  • To define cheekbones
  • To correct the nasolabial folds (lines run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth)
  • To remove bags and dark circles under the eyes
  • To eliminate sagging on the face
  • To correct sagging mouth corners
  • To define jaw and jawline
  • To shape and plump lips
  • To eliminate wrinkles around the lips
  • To shape the eyebrows
  • To remove small deformities on the nose and to lift the tip of the nose
  • To reduce the lines between the eyebrows

To remove scars and acne scars

Is Filler Injection Painful?

Many people say that fillers are injected without any pain. The use of a local anesthetic cream before the application can help those with a low pain threshold.

How Does the Face Look After Application?

Immediately after the application, there may be slight redness and edema at the injection sites, but they disappear completely within 15-20 minutes. Rarely seen subcutaneous minor bleedings disappear within 5-7 days.

How Long Are Fillers Effective?

The permanence period of the fillers varies according to the filler used, the properties of the products, the application area, and some personal features.

What Are the Side Effects of Filling Applications?

Swelling, redness, bruising, and sensitivity may be observed in the application area temporarily. These side effects disappear in a short time. Concealers can be applied to bruises.

How Long Does Filling Applications Affect Business and Social Life?

After the procedure, the person can continue his daily activities and social life immediately.

What Should Patients Be Careful About Before and After the Injection of Fillers?

It is recommended not to take drugs such as painkillers, aspirin, blood thinners and not to consume herbs such as green tea, ginkgo biloba, garlic, ginseng, echinacea in the last 5-7 days before the procedure, as they may increase the risk of bruising during the application. Doing strenuous sports, hard chewing movements, talking, and laughing are not recommended for 4 hours following the application. The applied area should not be massaged hard. You should protect this area against excessive heat (sauna, sunbathing) or extreme cold until the redness and swelling after the application completely disappears.

Can Fillers Be Applied with Other Aesthetic Procedures?

Fillers with hyaluronic acid should be applied after heat-releasing procedures, which can shorten the life of the filler. Moreover, the fillers applied after skin regenerative procedures such as laser, radiofrequency, and focused ultrasound both increase the effects of these procedures and provide rapid treatment of sagging, wrinkles, and scars. Fillers can be applied simultaneously with other injection applications such as mesotherapy, PRP, and Botox.

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