Do fillers make you age faster?

Fillers are a great option for patients looking for a softer, more youthful look. However, if used incorrectly or overused, fillers can have long-term negative consequences. In fact, patients who do not use the filler correctly could speed up the aging process of the skin, resulting in older looking skin. There is no evidence that having fillers actually accelerates skin aging.

Fillers are likely to stimulate the formation of your own collagen and improve skin elasticity. And make sure that the filling has really disappeared, because the filling may never completely disintegrate. When more padding is placed than the body can hold in one place, the filling has to go somewhere and goes south, which causes sagging. Depending on the type of filler your doctor has told you to have, about a year or two is the time when you can proudly display the results you get from dermal fillers.

For long periods of time, fillers can stretch the tissues under the skin, which essentially speeds up the aging process “because those tissues aren't going to bounce the same way as you age,” Park Avenue facial plastic surgeon Andrew Jacono explained to HuffPost. A little padding may remain in place, but when the scale is tilted, which happens easily, the filling has to go somewhere. The irony of all this is that fillers almost always age it because when exaggerated, the filler accumulates on the body, migrates out of the target area, leading to sagging and distortion. Hyaluronic acid fillers were originally intended to give some facial fullness to those who had lost volume due to extreme weight loss, drug use or illness.

Essentially, over time, the filler stretches and weighs the skin, which means you need more padding with every visit to the doctor, which will stretch your skin and tissue even more. HA fillers last up to 18 months and, when dissolved, leave some collateral damage in the form of an inflammatory reaction to the filling and capsule formation. Belotero has little tendency to generate the unwanted bluish Tyndall effect that can be seen when fillers such as Restylane are injected superficially into the delicate tissues around the eyes, and Radiesse is a whitish filler that helps lighten dark circles. Other options included permanent filling that was based on cement products and this combination of unnatural texture and having to wait for collagen injections meant that the filler wasn't as popular 15 or 20 years ago.

Influencers like Kylie Jenner and the rest of her famous family have helped make the use of Facial Fillers more and more common. It takes months or years for the filler to dissolve (and sometimes the filler doesn't dissolve at all) and if you keep getting more and more injections, you just fill your face with more and more gel.

Carole Toussant
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