Temporary vs. Permanent Dermal Fillers

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Temporary vs. Permanent Dermal Fillers

Temporary dermal fillers or permanent dermal fillers are used to restore and rejuvenate your facial skin without any invasive procedures. This is done by injecting Hyaluronic (HA) fillers into the skin. The injections help restore structural support by imparting volume to the skin envelope.  

You can inject temporary or permanent facial dermal fillers. In this post, we discuss the pros and cons of both options to better help you decide which might be the best facial filler option for you.

Temporary Dermal Fillers

Temporary dermal fillers are the most commonly used type of fillers in Canada and are the types of dermal filler we offer at Plastic Surgery Skin Clinic. They can be injected into your skin, with the most popular facial fillers being in the lips, cheeks, jawline, nose and under eye.

We offer two different types of temporary fillers that are most commonly used to fill in the appearance of facial wrinkles, plump the lips, lift the cheeks, smooth the skin, and more. 

Results from these temporary dermal filler treatments can last patients up to 24 months.

Pros of Temporary Dermal Fillers 

Temporary fillers can be best suited for many people as they are more flexible. They can adapt over time as your natural facial shape changes as you age. No matter how much we do to our face, the skeletal system will change as we age, no matter what! So to get the most out of our dermal fillers, we must consider these changes. Adaptability and reversibility is super important with fillers.

Temporary dermal fillers help to fill in the natural volume loss that comes with aging. The filler helps fill in sunken or wrinkled skin, causing a more youthful appearance. Many people also use dermal fillers to make a more pronounced cheekbone, firmer chin, lip augmentation or jawline definement.

Another pro of temporary dermal fillers is that you have the freedom and ability to test out the different types of dermal filler injections to see how they affect your body. If you don’t like the results, you simply don’t need to continue with treatment with that type of injectable and can consult your cosmetic procedures clinic to offer a different product that can better accommodate you and the looks you are trying to achieve. You can let your body naturally dissolve the filler, or get it dissolved at the clinic. 

Cons of Temporary Dermal Fillers

The biggest con of temporary fillers is that results will not last and that may be expensive to upkeep for some people. You will have to make repeat trips to your injector (generally one or two times a year) to keep up with your desired results. While this may not sound appealing to some, temporary fillers do offer fewer risks and pitfalls compared to permanent ones.

Another con is that you might notice some light bruising, swelling, or redness at the injection site. This is common for any type of semi-permanent injection or filler treatments, so nothing to be alarmed about. It should subside within 7-10 days.

Permanent Dermal Fillers 

Permanent dermal fillers are not decomposable. Meaning once they are injected into the skin, the body has a very hard time breaking it down. 

Pros of Permanent Dermal Fillers

The pro of getting permanent fillers is that it is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t take very long, and you’ll only need to get done once. You are not having to return for treatment every 6-12 months. 

Cons of Permanent Dermal Fillers

Permanent filler is meant to be just that, permanent. There is no guarantee that you will be satisfied with the results so this can be a risky decision if you’ve never had fillers before. While removal treatments for permanent fillers do exist, they are quite tricky and difficult to pull off. 

You might love the look of your permanent fillers for a while. But since they aren’t able to easily adjust they might begin to look off as you age and will require you to consult with your cosmetic clinic over the years. Time and age affect your skin and bones. Your facial bones decrease in size as you age. Permanent fillers can begin to look a little off and unappealing to you as your face shape changes throughout the years.

Some people experience a mild headache following an injection or minimally invasive procedure. It can last a few hours to a few days. Different types of muscle relaxants and fillers can be used to treat chronic headaches and migraine pain. Talk to your doctor and discuss if this might be an option for you. 

If you’re interested in temporary or permanent dermal fillers and would like to discuss your options in more detail, book a consultation. Our expert injectors for fillers and botox in toronto are happy to go over all of your options with you including potential side effects and any aftercare.

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