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6 Common Myths About Injectable Dermal Fillers, Demystified

With so much information about dermal fillers out there, it can be difficult to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. Here, we demystify six of the most common beliefs about this treatment:

Filler Myth #1: All dermal fillers are the same.

Facts: The most widely-used filler formulas, including the JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers , are made with a modified form of hyaluronic acid (HA), a water-loving molecule that’s found naturally in the human body. There are five JUVÉDERM® products, and each gel-like formula is slightly different. Your provider will be able to assess which JUVÉDERM® filler can best help you reach your aesthetic goals. There’s beauty in having options!

Filler Myth #2: Dermal fillers will make me look like a different person.

Facts: The adage “too much of a good thing” can apply to anything in life — including filler! That said, when administered by a qualified injector, filler can add volume or help smooth the appearance of deep folds in a natural-looking way. Bonus: fillers like JUVÉDERM® come in a few different formats, which allows your provider to customize your results to your unique face. So, whether you have some serious lip goals, or you want a little bit of lift in your cheeks, there’s a way to make it happen — while still looking like your gorgeous self.

Filler Myth #3: Dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) are the same.

Facts: While BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® are both injectable treatments, they’re actually entirely different substances. (Read more about BOTOX® Cosmetic here.) If your goal is to plump your lips, cheeks, or laugh lines, a JUVÉDERM® product — not BOTOX® Cosmetic — is your best bet.

Filler Myth #4: Getting filler can be a painful process.

Facts: Fear of pain shouldn’t be a reason to avoid injectable fillers if you’re otherwise gung-ho. In fact, most people say that filler feels like a quick pinch — totally tolerable! Here are some other things to keep in mind:

  1. Pain tolerances vary — what might be not-so-comfy for someone else could be a breeze for you! (Remember: most people find the filler experience totally tolerable!)

  2. Though a needle is involved, the one used to inject filler is super-duper small. And, if you’re treating the lips — which can be particularly sensitive — your injector may numb the area before your treatment. For less sensitive areas (such as the cheeks), you may not need any type of numbing cream.

  3. The JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers are infused with pain-reducing lidocaine, which doubles down on reducing discomfort.

Filler Myth #5: Getting dermal fillers is a plastic surgery procedure that requires ample downtime.

Facts: Dermal filler is sometimes administered by a plastic surgeon, but it is not technically a surgical procedure. Rather, JUVÉDERM® is considered a minimally invasive treatment. Typically, you can go about your normal daily activities post-appointment (barring excessive heat or sun exposure, alcohol consumption, and working out, which should all be avoided for 24 hours post-injection). Note: you might experience mild swelling and/or bruising at the injection site — so it’s wise to schedule your appointment accordingly. (It’s probably not a great idea to get treated, say, the day before your wedding!) Once you’ve given your filler some time to “settle,” you’ll be left with the gorgeous results your injector intended to create.

Filler Myth #6: Filler will stretch out the skin.

Facts: If you’ve ever wondered, will filler stretch out my skin?, you’re not alone. The truth of the matter is this: when administered by an experienced, licensed provider, dermal filler should not stretch out the skin. If you’re seeing a licensed provider who is using a reputable product, like one from the JUVÉDERM® collection, your skin laxity should remain unchanged.

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