If you don’t love the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, or skin laxity on your face, dermal filler injections can make a major difference. But, like many people who are interested in cosmetic fillers, you’ve probably come across some less-than-encouraging rumors in your research on the procedure.


As with most cosmetic treatments, there’s no shortage of questionable public opinion, anecdotal accounts, and myths surrounding dermal fillers. If you’re hesitant to get dermal fillers, we get it: rumors can be intimidating. To help you make an informed decision, we separate dermal filler fiction from the facts below. 


Dermal Filler Injections Are Super Painful

For most people, dermal filler injections are virtually painless. Your injector will numb your skin with a topical anesthetic before administering the injections. In some cases — typically with lip fillers — a nerve block may be necessary instead. Regardless of the numbing method your provider uses, you shouldn’t feel more than a tiny pinch or stinging sensation as the filler enters your skin.


You may, however, feel some slight tenderness after the procedure, but it should resolve quickly. If you do feel sore, you can apply ice to the area, which will help alleviate any discomfort.


Dermal Fillers Have Tons of Negative Side Effects

When a licensed, properly trained, experienced professional administers dermal filler injections, the risk of side effects is minimal. However, some people are more sensitive than others, so we’d be remiss not to mention that minor side effects are possible — they’re just not super likely.


In rare cases, dermal fillers can produce one or more of the following side effects:


●        A sore at the injections site

●        A small nodule where the filler entered the skin

●        Migration, where the filler moves away from the injection site to another area of the face


As with any cosmetic procedure, there’s always potential — however small — for side effects. Your provider will discuss possible side effects with you during your consultation to ensure you understand the risk.


Anyone Can Administer Dermal Filler Injections

When just about every spa in town seems to offer some type of cosmetic injections, it’s easy to assume anyone can administer dermal fillers. Don’t make that mistake!


Only a licensed, trained professional is legally allowed to administer cosmetic injectables in the state of Minnesota (and most states for that matter). Trusting an unlicensed injector with your face is never a good idea!


The risk of dermal filler side effects rises exponentially when an unlicensed professional performs the injections. If you’re unsure about a provider, trust your gut. It’s also a good idea to ask about professional licensing, certifications, and insurance to make sure the provider is legit.


Dermal Fillers Make Your Face Look Frozen

When a trained, experienced, licensed injector does your dermal fillers, your face will never look frozen! That’s why it’s absolutely critical that you do your research and only trust your face in the hands of a licensed professional.


The myth of frozen features stems from excessive filler use and improper placement, both of which are highly common among inexperienced, unlicensed injectors. With fillers, you’re going for the Goldilocks approach: not too much, not too little, but just enough to achieve the lift and fullness and you’re looking for. And of course, in all the right locations.


Dermal Fillers Don’t Last Enough to Be Worth It

This isn’t true at all! Depending on the type of dermal filler you get, it can last quite a long time — typically between three months and two years. Of course, individual results will vary, but here’s a general longevity timeline for several types of fillers:


●        Volbella. Typically lasts about 12 months

●        Vollure. Lasts approximately 18-24 months

●        Voluma. Typically lasts between 12 and 24 months

●        Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus. Last approximately 12 months

●        Restylane Refyne and Defyne. Last about 12 months, with possible touch-up treatment at 6-9 months

●        Restylane Lift. Lasts approximately 6 months for first-time recipients


It’s important to note that fillers typically have more staying power in low mobility areas of the face, such as the cheeks and forehead. Your provider will discuss your projected timeline for touch-up injections during your consultation, and of course, your skin’s response to treatment will ultimately determine when you’ll need to schedule subsequent injections.


Considering Dermal Fillers? Trust the Experts at Arijai Aesthetics

If you’re considering dermal fillers to correct signs of facial aging, get in touch with our team at Arijai Aesthetics to schedule a free consultation. Our licensed and extensively trained injectors are experts in their field and will help you determine which fillers are best suited to your unique needs. To learn more, give us a call today at 952-435-0605 or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch!