People are increasingly aware of the various dermal (also called “soft-tissue”) fillers available today at least in part because of the many ads that increasingly appear in magazines and on television commercials. Despite this, there is still some confusion about what fillers do and what they can be used for, so in this blog post we will point out two common misconceptions.


Fiction: Fillers may cause me to have that frozen Barbie look

Fact: Dermal fillers and neurotoxins (also referred to as “wrinkle relaxers”) are often confused because they are both injectable cosmetic treatments that target signs of aging, but they work very differently. Dermal fillers add volume to the area underneath the skin to “fill-in” wrinkles and fine lines; they do not affect the muscles. Neurotoxins such as Botox or Dysport, on the other hand, do target specific muscles to prevent or reduce movement in those muscles. Even then, a properly trained physician or physician assistant should be able to give you a natural look with natural movement through neurotoxin procedures.



Fiction:  I will look like I had work done

Fact: Dermal Fillers are designed to give you a very natural look with nearly immediate results. There is little to no downtime with fillers, and the results begin to appear right after the procedure. Hyaluronic Acid options, such as Juvéderm and Juvéderm Voluma, may gradually improve over the next few days following the procedure as the hyaluronic acid molecules absorb moisture and plump up the skin. Many patients comment that their friends and family simply thought they looked refreshed, as if they had been on vacation or a trip to the spa, but they did not look “done.”



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BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 


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