Breaking down the stigma around dermal fillers

By Dr. Raquel Amado on the 28th February 2022

Did you know that dermal fillers are fast becoming one of the most popular treatments available? That said, for many people when they hear the term dermal filler, there is often a stigma attached and negative connotations, sometimes arising from the assumptions about the over-treated faces of celebrities. I want to talk more today about breaking the mould when it comes to natural enhancements and safe aesthetic practices.

Dermal fillers explained

Before we dive in, let’s break down dermal fillers in a bit more detail. Dermal filler is a versatile type of gel, used to smooth wrinkles, restore volume loss and hydrate the skin

Most dermal filler brands will contain hyaluronic acid (HA). This is a naturally occurring substance found in the body, which helps to retain moisture, to keep the skin and tissue hydrated. As we get older, we start to produce less hyaluronic acid naturally, which can lead to a loss of plumpness, elasticity and unwanted wrinkles. Dermal filler injections restore lost hyaluronic acid, as well as help to stimulate your skin to produce more of its own.

Many people try endless creams and gels to address issues such as dark eye circles, under eye bags, sagging jowls and wrinkles, hunting for products with hyaluronic acid in, which is hailed as a wonder ingredient. Dermal fillers can address these same concerns safely, treating sunken under-eye circles, lifting cheekbones, volumizing the lips, smoothing lip lines and nasolabial folds, but the difference is the injection of hyaluronic acid instead of application via product. 

Why is there stigma?

Fillers are unfortunately often stigmatized for creating unnatural outcomes, the most commonplace worry from patients is that they fear they will look ‘unnatural’. Media attention has fed this concern, with the focus over the years on overtreated celebrities looking ‘fake’ after Botox treatments, leaving them with unnaturally stiff faces and lacking the ability to show expressions. 

Since aesthetic medicine first evolved, it has taken time to develop the correct techniques and the knowledge needed to get natural, subtle-looking results. Frozen foreheads and huge lips are what some people associate with cosmetics, as these were the results first seen on celebrities treated in the early days, but we’ve come so far since then.

The truth about cosmetics treatments like dermal filler, is quite different. You can of course achieve the ‘Kylie Jenner’ lip if you wish, but cosmetics is primarily used for restoration purposes. It’s about creating a subtle, natural result, restoring the characteristics and enhancing someone’s features, rather than manufacturing features that were never there. 

The use of dermal filler and other aesthetic treatments should ultimately be used as an expression of what makes the patient happy and gives them confidence. We widely use and buy products daily for our faces and bodies, so appointments where these sought-after ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid are applied, albeit differently, via injectables, should not be stigmatised if done with safety at the forefront.

Breaking the mould

I believe dermal filler treatments and many other aesthetic treatments are becoming more widely accepted. 

We know that getting a manicure or a new haircut can enhance someone’s appearance, but it also can lead a person to feel better about themselves. If someone chooses dermal fillers to enhance an area that they aren’t feeling confident with, then that is now more than ok.

It’s time to broaden our wellness boundaries beyond exfoliating scrubs to include anything that we do that makes us feel better about ourselves, including injectable appointments. Many aesthetic practitioners, myself included, focus on natural-looking treatments and practices. I deliver safe, natural aesthetics to boost confidence and help clients feel like the best version of themselves.

The key is to find the right practitioner

Finding the right practitioner to perform your dermal filler treatment is vital. Don’t ever be afraid to ask about certification and training. Many clinics and salons are now offering filler treatments and whilst it’s readily available, not everyone is qualified or insured if things go wrong. 

In the hands of a qualified medical aesthetics practitioner, complications are incredibly rare with dermal fillers. However, a few minor side effects that might occur following treatment can include bruising, redness or slight swelling. That said, downtime is minimal.

In the very rare event of a more serious complication, a fully-qualified medical aesthetics practitioner will know exactly how to take care of you should anything like this happen. This is why it’s so vital to know your practitioner and be able to trust them with your safety.

Dermal fillers might seem daunting, especially if it’s your first time having the treatment, but with the right practitioner, you’ll feel like a brand new you and there should be no stigma attached to that feeling, or how you achieved it!

 

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