3 Ways to Avoid a Filler Nightmare

Facial fillers are a common cosmetic treatment for wrinkles with low risk of ill-effects–in the hands of a skilled physician. Fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvéderm, Voluma, or Boletera have become a great way to rejuvenate your face without surgery or downtime. However, when used incorrectly or in excess, clients are left looking over-volumized, like they’ve had their face unnaturally inflated in an attempt to remove all wrinkles. Bad experiences with facial fillers can leave clients with both physical discomfort and embarrassing side effects, including an over-inflated, unnatural look. Here are 3 ways to avoid a filler nightmare.

First: Always Make Educated Decisions with Fillers

Facial fillers have become increasingly popular, since they are non-surgical, yield immediate benefits and require virtually no down-time. Their rapid popularity has even led to injections being offered by many hair salons and spas. But while the convenience of getting fillers done at your local salon or spa may seem tempting, you should always consult with and have this procedure done by a well trained medical professional. Most filler gone wrong stories occur when fillers are used by someone without the skill, experience or credentials to use them.    

So, what do you look for in a filler? There are many different types of fillers, some create volume, some create lift, some are immediate and some stimulate collagen production over time. Most fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, the natural substance in your skin that keeps is smooth and youthful. We all begin to lose hyaluronic acid after the age of 30 making replacement of volume with hyaluronic fillers a natural solution to prevent the aging process. Be sure the professional doing your filler is knowledgeable about all types of filler and is picking the right one for you.

Second: Look Younger, Not Plumper

When exploring hyaluronic fillers, beware of excess! Personalized beauty expert, Dr. Ruthie Harper explains “while filler can be used to replace volume deficits, more importantly filler should be used for structural support to recreate the youthfulness that has been lost from sinking and sagging of the face that occurs with time and aging.” An experienced injector will strategically place filler to lift areas that are drooping and will restore the skin to an original, more youthful position without over-volumizing. Even celebrities are not immune to filler nightmares, the photos below show what poor filler injections can do to your appearance.

Donatella Versace Filler Nightmare

Donatella Versace

(photo courtesy of yesboleh.blogspot.com)

Melanie Griffith Filler Nightmare

Melanie Griffith

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Heather Locklear Filler Nightmare

Heather Locklear

(photo courtesy of keeppy.com)

An over-inflated face can never duplicate the face one had in youth. Plump does not equal youthful, and it looks just plain odd! Overly-plumped faces are so obvious that even a child can recognize that something doesn’t look quite right if filler has been used incorrectly. So, when it comes to fillers, more is definitely not better. You should always have a strategic plan designed by your doctor to get the perfect results.

Third: Find a More Youthful You, Not a Different Face

If you’ve followed the first two points, you’re well on your way to a professional and great experience with fillers. The last and most important step is the consultation with your doctor. It’s only by explaining to your doctor both what you do and don’t want that you’ll get the best results.

Dr. Ruthie Harper asks that you bring pictures of yourself in your 20’s to your initial consultation so she can discuss with you how and where filler can be used to recreate your own natural, youthful look. In most spas or in the hands of an unskilled injector, this level of care is rarely taken. With an experienced medical professional, fillers can be use to create natural beauty and a more rejuvenated version of YOU.

Good Filler Experience

Good Filler Experience. Improvements after only 2 weeks.

If you’ve had a bad experience or outcome with fillers at another place, we welcome you to call our office for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ruthie Harper. She will explain how fillers, when done correctly, can take years off your appearance. In the right hands, fillers are an important part of the anti-aging tool kit. Ruthie Harper MD has trained with the world’s experts to learn exactly how to do this and is an expert on how to use filler to recreate a youthful, natural look. Her clientele comes to her from all over the United States for her skill and art when using fillers.

Ruthie Harper MD has the experience and skill to use filler in a way that creates a younger, more beautiful you.

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