Dermal fillers sometimes get the reputation of causing dramatic changes in appearance. They can certainly be used in this way, and for some people, the dramatic changes are desirable. However, you can also use dermal fillers to yield more subtle results. You may, for example, want to ease the appearance of a few fine lines or just make your face look a little smoother. If your filler goals are along these lines, here are some tips to help you achieve them.
Ask for a hyaluronic acid filler
There are many different fillers out there. Some are designed to dramatically fill the deepest wrinkles and folds, while others are better suited for fine lines and your average crease. If your goal is a subtle fill job, you want to ask for a hyaluronic acid-based filler. Hyaluronic acid is a substance your skin creates naturally. You create less of it with age, however, which could be why your skin is looking a little looser and less taut. A small amount of hyaluronic acid injected to replace what your skin is not making naturally can give you subtle, natural results.
Tell your practitioner you want subtle results
Some medical spa practitioners are so used to seeing patients who want dramatic filler looks that they may assume this is what you want, too. But they are perfectly capable of giving you a subtle filler job if they know that's what you want. Tell them you want the work to look natural. Use phrases like "a little smoothing" and "mild filling" to get your point across. A lot of practitioners will show you a picture to clarify what level of results you want. If the image they show you looks too dramatic, don't hesitate to say so. They can tone it down even more if you ask.
Start with one area
Maybe you ultimately want to fill fine lines between your eyes, on the sides of your mouth, and under your chin. But you should just start with one of these areas first. This way, your whole face won't look dramatically different; your results will be more subtle after all. Once you get used to having filler in one spot, you can start using it in other spots, too.
Dermal fillers can subtly add volume to your face if that's what you desire. Start slow, ask for hyaluronic acid, and be honest with your practitioner about your goals from the get-go.
Reach out to a clinic like Regenesis MD to learn more.