Are you sitting anxiously in the clinic’s waiting area right now, wondering if you made the right decision to get filler injection done? Dermal fillers are widely used in face treatments to reverse and reduce the effects of ageing or to add volume and definition for a more desirable face shape. But many people are still understandably worried over a filler treatment, no thanks to the horror stories that we read online.
So we gathered three scary rumours we’ve read about this popular aesthetic treatment, and ran it by Dr. Terence Tan of Halley Medical Aesthetics. Here’s what he has got to say.
#1 Fillers are toxic! If we keep using fillers, our body will not be able to “get rid” of the fillers. It will stay in our body and “turn bad”.
Dr. Terence Tan says: It is definitely not true. The most popular filler worldwide is hyaluronic acid. It is a compound found naturally in our body and is in charge of retaining water to hydrate the skin. We continuously produce new hyaluronic acid and break down the old into metabolites to be removed from the body. Fillers are therefore not toxic.
#2 The skin where the filler is injected will stretch so much that when the effect wears off, my skin will be overstretched and start to sag!
Dr. Terence Tan says: The amount of filler that doctors inject is normally between 1ml-3ml, which is spread out over several treatment areas. The intent is to enhance the curve we want to enhance and smoothen out wrinkles we want to reduce. The amount that we use is therefore insignificant compared to the actual volume within the face. Moreover, skin elasticity is more related to loss of collagen as a result of age and sun damage than anything else. Therefore protecting your skin with plenty of sunblock and avoiding excessive sun exposure is more important than anything else.
#3 Nose fillers may migrate to the sides of the nose. So my nose will look bigger than it was originally!
Dr. Terence Tan says: It can occasionally happen if too much filler is injected or if the filler is not suitable for the nose. Check with your doctor on the filler most appropriate for the treatment area. Certain fillers, like Radiesse®, have minimal propensity to migrate. But in the rare instance that the filler migrates, there is a dissolving agent that we can use to dissolve the migrated hyaluronic acid filler.