Here’s What You Need To Know Before Getting Dermal Fillers
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Are you considering getting dermal fillers? Before you do, read this guide on tips to help you recover as well as natural remedies that may work even better.
The demand for non-invasive cosmetic procedures, such as
- The dermal filler industry is expected to rise from $5.31 billion in 2022 to $8.74 billion by 2029. This is an increase of
- Dermal fillers can be used to correct wrinkles and facial lines, restore lost volume, reduce acne scars, and enhance the lips.
- Despite being relatively safe, there are still some risks associated with the procedure. Additionally, dermal fillers are not for everyone.
Are you thinking about getting dermal fillers? Read this guide to learn about the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives. Then decide whether they are right for you.
What Are Dermal Fillers And What Do They Do?
In conventional medical understanding, under-eye bags, dark circles, or wrinkles under the eyes aren’t deemed as medical concerns.
However, these so-called imperfections can negatively affect the emotional health and psychological well-being of those who are bothered by the way they look.
The tear trough is the space below the eyes and the cheeks that can lose its volume and brightness over time, giving the appearance of under-eye bags or dark circles.
A few different cosmetic procedures can potentially combat deep and saggy tear troughs. Dermal fillers are one of the more popular cosmetic procedures.
- Dermal fillers are substances that can be injected into several sites along the tear trough to fill in the area and plump it up again.
- Different compounds are used as dermal fillers, with hyaluronic acid being one of the more popular options.
- Others that may also be used for tear troughs include calcium hydroxylapatite and poly-L-lactic acid.
Results are temporary but immediate
Dermal fillers, especially hyaluronic acid fillers, are among the most non-invasive cosmetic options for sagging tear troughs.
A trained and expert medical professional will clean and ice your tear troughs and inject the filler using prefilled syringes. Results are immediate, and 95% of patients indicate feeling highly satisfied with the results.
However, dermal fillers are not permanent. They last between six months to about two years, depending on the type and brand of filler used. Your body eventually absorbs fillers.
Dermal fillers are not for everyone
It is important to work with a medical professional who is an expert in dermal fillers first to ensure what type of filler is right for you and whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
People with the below conditions are contraindicated from undergoing dermal filler
- History of immune disorders
- Known allergy to the filler material
- Have had other types of fillers injected
- Ongoing skin disorders
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
Possible Side Effects Of Dermal Fillers
Despite being low, the risks of severe side effects resulting from dermal filler procedures are not zero. One side effect is a granuloma. This occurs when there are small areas of inflammation that form around the injection sites.
Another possible side effect is vascular occlusion, which occurs when blood cannot pass through a blood vessel where the filler was injected. This results in structural changes and discoloration, leading to possible tissue death (necrosis) and blindness.
If you decide to get a dermal filler, you may want to consider a medical clinic or hospital rather than a spa. Healthcare professionals in medical settings are required by law to have medical expertise.
Best TCM Alternatives To Dermal Fillers
Instead of external cosmetic enhancements, you may want to consider a more natural approach to keeping under-eye bags at bay.
We spoke with Real Medical Physician Kelvin Goh on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view when choosing between tear trough fillers and a more natural approach.
In TCM, practitioners use the following framework of five “wheels” to diagnose disorders of the eyes:
- The wheel of flesh: Associated with the Spleen, which correlates to the flesh around the eyes
- The wheel of blood: Associated with the Heart, which correlates to the inner and outer canthus (corners) of the eyes where the upper and lower eyelids meet
- The wheel of qi: Associated with the Lungs, which correlates to the sclera (the white of the eye)
- The wheel of Wind: Associated with the Liver, which correlates to the irises
- The wheel of Water: Associated with the Kidneys, which correlate to the pupils
Physician Goh shares that puffy, tired eyes with dark circles usually stem from a Spleen Dampness or Spleen Qi (life force) Deficiency through this framework.
He also adds that the Spleen governs muscles and has an uplifting effect on our body. If the Spleen is experiencing Qi Deficiency, this will cause eye muscles to sag, speeding up aging.
Start treating saggy under eyes before you need dermal fillers
When asked what advice he would give for a youthful complexion, Physician Goh advises starting health and beauty maintenance and preservation as early as in your mid-twenties.
Consider using a
Use both internal and external TCM remedies
TCM offers internal and external options for health and beauty maintenance. Herbal medicine and superfoods can be consumed for internal well-being while acupuncture involves external needles along meridian pathways to affect internal workings.
- Some herbs for skin health are goji berries (gou qi),
bird’s nest (yan wo), and snow fungus (yin er).
- Meanwhile, you can also incorporate collagen peptides into your diet to help boost your collagen levels.
- In addition to
acupuncture,an easy remedy you can try at home is facial gua sha.
Benefits of gua sha massage include:
- Clearer skin
- Reduced appearance of eye bags
- Facial muscle tension relief
- Improved skin elasticity
Embrace Aging Gracefully
Dermal fillers can provide an immediate but temporary improvement in saggy tear troughs. On the other hand, natural alternatives and remedies have long-lasting effects.
“By diagnosing, understanding, and working on your health, you can prolong the aging process. Aging gracefully is the key, as aging is inevitable,” shares Physician Goh.
- Market Research Report. 2022. The global dermal fillers market is projected to grow from $5.31 billion in 2022 to $8.74 billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 7.4% in forecast period, 2022-2029
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