Dermal fillers are the second-most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States, coming in just behind another popular injectable — Botox®. Fillers are popular for lots of reasons, but most people choose them because they can achieve beautiful results quickly.
With fillers, you can smooth out wrinkles and restore natural volume lost to aging — and do it all without surgery. In fact, injectables are so effective, treatments are sometimes referred to as a “liquid facelift.”
But just because the treatment is nonsurgical, that doesn’t mean expertise isn’t required. Without proper planning and a skilled provider, you can wind up with what’s become known as “pillow face” — results that leave your features looking bloated, puffy, and without your usual natural contours.
At South Lake Medical Spa, Nicole Casavant, PA-C and her team use advanced techniques and a completely customized approach to filler treatments, helping patients in Clermont, Florida achieve the results they’re looking for without unwanted surprises. Here’s how we can help you avoid pillow face.
“Pillow face”: Why it happens
You know the old saying, “You can have too much of a good thing”? Fillers are a really good example. One major reason why puffiness happens after filler injections is because your provider uses too much filler for your goals and your features, leaving you with a bloated look. Or your provider might select the wrong type of filler for your needs.
Other times, your filler might not achieve the result you’re looking for due to changes in your skin. As your skin ages, it loses some of its natural elasticity and firmness, mostly due to a decline in the production of collagen, a protein that gives youthful skin its resilience. That means that when fillers are injected, your skin doesn’t always respond in a predictable way.
Some areas may stretch or create contours where you don’t want them, which means you won’t get the smooth, uplifted contours you’re looking for. Worse, your skin can lose elasticity more quickly in some areas than in others. Fillers can wind up magnifying this difference by creating a lumpy, bumpy, or uneven appearance.
The key to avoiding puffiness
Dermal fillers achieve results quickly, and because they’re injected in a simple in-office procedure, it’s tempting to think the filler process is easy-peasy. But dermal filler treatments are a medical procedure, and that means that to get the best results (and avoid potentially serious complications), you need to work with an experienced, skilled provider.
When it comes to fillers, more is definitely not always better. The key is using the right filler in the precise amount to help you achieve your goals while retaining your natural appearance.
A skilled physician’s assistant, Nicole Casavant has advanced training and experience in both dermatology and cosmetic procedures, including extensive experience with a wide range of fillers, and they know that “more” does not equal “better.” Before any filler treatment session, we examine your facial anatomy and your skin tone, review your goals, and then map out the entire treatment, including the injection sites and the ideal amount of fillers for each area.
Custom filler treatments for beautiful results
Don’t let fear of pillow face keep you from enjoying all the benefits of dermal fillers. Our team is ready to develop a custom treatment plan to help you look your natural best. To learn more about fillers, call 352-656-6680 or book an appointment online with the team at South Lake Medical Spa today.