We live in an era where we’re constantly surrounded by images of perfect Hollywood stars. We are conditioned to think that this level of perfection is normal. So much so that when we see any signs of ageing we’re often willing to submit ourselves to painful and expensive cosmetic procedures like Botox and Dermal Fillers.
But what do you really know about cosmetic injectables? At Immortal, we believe there is a better way to achieve youthful looking skin.
Getting older is a curious thing. In our twenties we think we’ve got all the time in the world, but the truth is on average our skin stats to lose its elasticity in our 20s. You read that correctly! From our 20s on our skin produces less collagen, the protein in our skin that keeps it plump and firm. Its little wonder that we freak out at the first sight of crows feet and the odd grey hair in our thirties – it feels like you are getting old before your time!
It’s no secret that everybody wants a glowing youthful complexion, but some are willing to go under the needle to get it. While dermal fillers promise smooth out the wrinkles and firm and lift your face without surgery, are they really as safe and effective as they claim to be? To understand this, you first need to understand what dermal fillers are and how they work.
What are Dermal Fillers?
As our skin starts to age we produce less natural collagen and elastin. As a result, our skin’s cell renewal process slows down and our complexion starts to lose its firmness. Wrinkles and fine lines begin to form and our skin thins and sags, giving us a ‘hollow’ looking appearance.
Dermal fillers are a smooth injectable gel that help to lift areas where volume has been lost. The gel fills up the space to diminish the appearance of existing facial lines, wrinkles, creases, smile lines and crow’s feet. The area, number and depth of these injections largely depend on the type of filler being used and the severity of condition.
Fillers are different from Botox in that they only plump and fill. When Botox is injected into the muscle under the skin it paralyses that nerve cell, blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscles. Botox effectively relaxes the muscles preventing the skin from creasing and creating further wrinkles.
Sounds all pretty straightforward, right? Maybe not. There are some very important things to keep in mind before having any medical procedure involving cosmetic injections. Here are 3 things that you should really know before going under the needle.
#1 The medical complications and reactions to dermal fillers
All you need to do to is type “dermal fillers side effects” into Google to understand that dermal fillers are a serious medical procedure. And like all medical procedures, injectable dermal fillers carry a serious risk of side effects.
According to Victorian Health, depending on the type of dermal filler used possible side effects and complications can include:
- swelling and redness at the injection site
- skin dicolouration
- bacterial infection
- viral infection
- ulceration of the skin around the injection site
- lumps (nodules) forming under the skin
- allergic reactions
Not to mention the discomfort of undergoing such a procedure!
Researchers are only starting to look into the possible long term adverse effects associated with the use of dermal fillers. What is clear is that more research is required.
#2 Your suitability for cosmetic injections
Apart from the risk of contracting one of the side effects lists above, you may not be a suitable candidate for dermal fillers.
For example some medications, such as blood thinning drugs, can increase the risk of complications following the procedure. Some people are also allergic to the specific ingredients used in dermal fillers and great care needs to be exercised by the administering medical practitioner prior to the procedure to ensure that there are no severe allergic reactions.
According to Victorian Health, dermal fillers may not be suitable if you have:
- certain medical conditions, such as an autoimmune disease
- a history of keloid scarring
- inflamed or infected skin
- severe allergies such as asthma
- food allergies
- ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
Without a complete medical history, would you be willing to subject yourself to this potentially dangerous procedure?
#3 The cost of dermal fillers
Depending on how much filler you require, you can expect to fork out anywhere from $500 to $800 plus per treatment.
Considering the effects may only last 6 to 12 months and all the potential medical complications, we have to ask whether the expense is really worth it?
Is there a better way?
Here at Immortal Cream we believe that there is a better and more natural way to achieve a plumper, youthful complexion without resorting to painful and costly procedures.