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Filler, literally, "filling", but as the context in which it is used varies, this process can take on different values and even attract criticism or praise. In this case we are talking about fillers in the field of aesthetic medicine, let's try to see what, in practice, it consists of advantages and disadvantages, and also the contraindications.
If we talk about filling in aesthetic medicine, we mean the one aimed at making the face more beautiful, for example, trying to tarnish in some way the changes that time brings. The filler is a substance that can be injected into the dermis or in the subcutaneous tissue, in order to correct skin imperfections, whether they are due to age, or otherwise.
So it counts for wrinkles, but also for scars or volumes to be restored, if lost. If substances injected go to fill gaps, to smooth wrinkles, to remedy where signs of aging appear.
Fillers are not a practice that belongs to plastic surgery, on the contrary, they are an alternative to it. They are usually proposed, as well as to level wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, also to increase the volume of the lips, to correct the nasolabial folds, for shaping shape and volume of cheekbones, chin and forehead, to fill folds and depressions from aging. Fillers can also be used for acne or to eliminate marks left by surgery.
Assuming it comes to the decision of make use of fillers, what you have to look out for is the cost. Being a delicate and discussed practice, to be able to count on the highest quality there is no need to save and risk being victims of scams or fillings that empty our wallet and leave us unsatisfied.
It is also true that, by leveraging the terror of getting old that, despite everything, many of us may have, there are subjects who keep exaggeratedly high prices. Giving indications from this point of view is not easy, because the cost of this treatment depends on the area to be treated and also on the chosen filler. We do not have any hopes of spending less than 300 euros for a single session.
Clarified what it is, for those who have never heard of it, let's see how many types of fillers exist and how the most popular are made. There is a lot of difference between one type of filling and another, the most popular to date is that with hyaluronic acid. It is used both for wrinkles and to moisturize the skin, and has a similar effect to lifting but softer and more natural.
Also collagen filler they are frequent in aesthetic medicine, especially when it comes to acting on the volume of the lips or treating surgical or acne scars. Then there are permanent fillers that modify the volume of the cheekbones, chin and lips inserting real, non-absorbable prostheses under the skin, and also the dermal ones that mostly do as a support when giving botulinum injections, for example.
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If we are perplexed by this type of intervention already now, reading the contraindications, we will only have to find confirmation of our first impressions.
When you make injections may form small skin marks which pass after a few days but which may not be appreciated at the moment, moreover nobody excludes that they may show up edema, erythema, ecchymosis, petechiae or small hematomas on the skin. Nothing permanent, though. It is also important to check that those who undergo the injections are not hypersensitive, performing a preliminary intradermal test.
That said, let's move on to real contraindications. By verifying that the patient is healthy, we must above all investigate some aspects. The presence of any allergies to fillers, coagulopathies, collagenopathies, any Herpes current or autoimmune dermatological diseases. And the filler cannot be done to pregnant women.
And from over 50 years that this practice exists in aesthetic medicine, the first substances used were however silicone oils, which were then considered dangerous and banned in the 1980s.
Filler: advantages and disadvantages
The benefits are alluring, especially for who it is a little obsessed with aesthetic perfection and doesn't want to risk cosmetic surgery. Fillers are cheaper, painless, safe, hypoallergenic and with generally less serious side effects. Also the result is quite certain, and this tends to reassure the undecided.
We come to the disadvantages: blindly relying on filler to rejuvenate for decades, it is not a good choice because the effect obtained also depends a lot on our lifestyle. Furthermore, if we are not talking about permanent fillers, the effect can fade after about ten months. It's not terribly painful, but we can also perceive great discomfort, it depends on our pain threshold and also on the area in which we are acting. The lips, for example, are very sensitive.
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