Facial contouring can help enhance your facial features and it can be effectively and safely done through injectable fillers. It is a great option for people who want to improve their appearance without any surgery. It may even boost your confidence, especially of how attractive you can look.
In this article, we aim to discuss everything you need to know about facial contouring. With the right information, you can make informed decisions regarding any aesthetic procedure you want to avail.
What is Facial Contouring With Injectable Fillers?
Facial contouring with injectable fillers is a non-invasive procedure that can help give you a more youthful and defined look. According to a study, injectable fillers are effective in achieving facial contours without surgery.
The process involves injecting dermal fillers into specific areas of the face to achieve the following:
- Restore lost volume
- Reduce wrinkles or fine lines
- Create a more symmetrical face
The most common areas of the face that can be treated with facial contouring using fillers are the cheeks, jawline, chin, temples, and lips. These areas can be altered to make features look more aesthetically pleasing by providing volume and definition.
There are various materials that fillers are made from including hyaluronic acid or HA (the most popular). Apart from volume restoration, it also aids in hydration of the skin.
What Types of Fillers Are Used for Facial Contouring?
Dermal fillers are injectable gels made with natural ingredients or synthetic materials that are used to add volume and reduce the signs of aging. And they come in different types (varying in material and purpose).
- Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the most popular filler ingredients because it naturally occurs in your body. Examples of these HA-based fillers include – Juvederm and Perlane.
- Collagen is also among the most popular fillers. It is also naturally occurring (protein native to the skin). However, its popularity has been declining over the past years due to the availability of newer, longer-lasting ones.
- Fat has been studied as a safe and effective filler in volume restoration. It can soften the appearance of wrinkles and even deal with deep lines.
- Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is a filler made up of tiny beads and is suspended in gel-like substance. It is thought to be longer-lasting since it is not absorbed by the body.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite
- Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA)
These are just some of the types of dermal fillers available today. Ultimately, the decision which filler to use for facial contouring depends on your specific goals.
What Areas of the Face Can Be Treated With Injectable Fillers for Contouring?
Common areas of the face that can be treated with injectable fillers for contouring include the following:
- Upper face – temple volumization, shaping of eyebrows, and contouring the forehead.
- Midface – include the upper cheek, lip-cheek junction, and the submalar (below the cheekbone) or preauricular (area in front of the ear) areas.
- Lower face – lips, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and the chin
Always remember that the choice of filler and areas to be treated depend on your specific goals. Your aesthetic provider will assess the entirety of your skin and determine which areas need treatment.
Who is a Good Candidate for Injectable Fillers?
Injectable fillers are for people who want to improve the shape or contour of their face without undergoing surgery. However, not everyone is suitable to receive this procedure. Here are some of the factors that influences the procedure:
- Age (for individuals over the age 18 with premature signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of facial volume)
- Skin type (sensitive skin types may not be good candidates for the procedure as they are prone for bruising)
- Health condition (pregnant, breastfeeding, and medical conditions are not good candidates)
- Goals (individuals with realistic goals are considered ideal for the procedure)
- Lifestyle (smokers and alcoholic beverage drinkers are considered not ideal for this procedure)
When considering an injectable filler procedure it is important to consult with a qualified professional who will assess your individual needs. The type of filler must also be determined whether it is right for you.
What Can I Expect From an Injectable Filler Treatment?
Here are some things you can expect when getting a facial contouring via injectable filler:
- Consultation – prior to treatment you need to consult a trained and certified aesthetic provider. During which, you need to disclose your goals and concerns. The aesthetic provider will also assess your skin and face, and determine the type of filler you need.
- Skin preparation – aesthetic professionals will prep the skin and apply a topical anesthetic (numbing medication via cream or gel) so that you will only have minimal discomfort.
- Injection process – takes about 15-30 minutes depending on the area(s) treated.
- Results – immediate results may be expected after the injection. However, you may notice some redness or swelling since it involves breaching the skin.
- Post-treatment – aesthetic providers will give you aftercare instructions, which you should religiously follow. This is in order to achieve optimum results from the treatment. It may include avoiding strenuous exercise or refraining from sun exposure.
Trained aesthetic providers know that the right filler must be one that is used for the specific purpose of its design.
What is the Side Effect of Facial Contouring?
Facial contouring is a popular aesthetic procedure that involves reshaping the face to achieve a more youthful and balanced appearance. It can be done through the use of dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, or by surgically removing tissue from certain areas of the face.
While facial contouring can help create a more attractive and symmetrical look, there are potential side effects associated with this procedure. This includes the following:
- Swelling and bruising (short-term and may spontaneously resolve)
- Redness or tenderness
- Allergic reaction (rare but could happen to predisposed individuals)
- Infection (rare but usually a result of improper aseptic technique or aftercare)
- Nerve damage or other serious complications (extremely rare, usually a result of improper training or injection technique)
- Granulomas (hard bumps, which are usually a result of certain types of fillers. However, it is still rare)
In addition, uneven injection resulting to deformed look may also be a complication. However, this is more of an injector problem rather than procedural. It is important, therefore, that you do your research on possible providers before deciding on one for treatment. Make sure that any provider you choose has proper credentials and experience in performing facial contouring procedures before proceeding. It’s also important to choose products from reputable manufacturers when undergoing facial contouring with fillers so that you know exactly what ingredients are being used and where they come from.
How Do I Find a Qualified Provider for Facial Contouring With Injectable Filler?
Finding the right qualified provider for this procedure can ensure your safety and satisfaction.
To find a qualified provider, start by researching online for reviews of local board-certified cosmetic surgeons or dermatologists who specialize in dermal filler injections. It’s important to select a certified professional with extensive experience in administering these types of procedures. Make sure the doctor has excellent patient reviews, offers natural-looking results, and provides clear instructions on aftercare. You should also ask for before-and-after pictures from previous clients so you know what kind of results to expect.
When you meet the provider, ask them questions about the following:
- Medical background
- How long they have been performing facial contouring with dermal fillers
- Experience on specific types of fillers
- Any other issues and concerns you may have
Be sure to feel comfortable during your consultation and trust that your provider will listen to your concerns and answer all your questions honestly. That way you can rest assured that you are in good hands when it comes time for your treatment.
Facial contouring with injectable fillers is a safe and effective way to enhance your features without surgery. It can give you more facial definition, provide fuller lips, reduce wrinkles, and correct asymmetry. With the proper technique and experience of a trained professional, you can achieve natural-looking results that last for several months.
A Note from ReplenishMD Aesthetics & Wellness
Facial contouring with injectable fillers can help individuals look their best and achieve desired results safely and effectively. Whether you are looking to add volume or redefine your facial features, the experienced aesthetic team at ReplenishMD Aesthetics & Wellness will provide you with individualized care tailored to your specific needs. If you’re considering facial contouring, schedule an appointment today to learn more about the benefits of injectable fillers and how they can enhance your unique features. For more information on facial contouring, check out our website for additional resources and tips.