On the one hand, Kylie Jenner raves about how fillers are responsible for her billion-dollar face. (That and her cosmetics line, of course.) On the other, her own sister, Khloe Kardashian, has admitted how fillers were a huge mistake for her. Khloe may be the most candid about how her treatment went awry, but we’ve all seen fillers gone wrong on some of our favorite stars—supersized cheeks and lips that are just … no.
What exactly are fillers? They’re substances (natural or synthetic) that are injected under the skin to fill out places that have thinned or hollowed due to aging—a secret beauty weapon if used wisely. They can plump limps and cheekbones and soften wrinkles. But like any serious beauty treatment, you should know exactly what you’re signing up for. It’s your face, after all.
How do you sort through fact and fiction when it comes to fillers? Here are some of the biggest myths about them so you can make the most informed decision possible if you’re considering fillers à la Kylie (and not Khloe).
Myth 1: Fillers Hurt
Nope. Doctors will usually numb the skin with a local anesthetic first, and many fillers contain lidocaine (a numbing medication), so there’s no pain after the initial injection. Most people rate the pain level at 2-3 out of 10.
Myth 2: Lip Fillers Will Stretch Lips and Make Them Sag
Fake news. Most fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which naturally exists in our bodies. Injecting the filler stimulates collagen production. Even after the filler starts dissolving (between six months to two years later), the leftover hyaluronic acid actually thickens the skin’s outermost layer.
Myth 3: Permanent Fillers Are the Best
Absolutely not. Because we continue to age, with bones and soft tissue shrinking and changing the proportions of our faces, permanent filler that looked good at first can look incredibly strange a decade later. And permanent is exactly that—there’s no going back.
Myth 4: All Fillers Are Irreversible
Heck no. If you’re unhappy with how your hyaluronic acid fillers look, they can be reversed with hyaluronidase, enzymes that break up the acid.
Myth 5: Bruising and Downtime Are Inevitable
Not really. Most filler treatments take 20 minutes with fairly instant results. An experienced injector will be able to minimize any bruising or swelling, and you can always reduce any swelling with cold compresses and arnica.
Myth 6: Once You Start, You Have to Keep Going
Nope. Hyaluronic acid fillers can last from six to 12 months, and calcium hydroxylapatite can last as long as 18 months. (Refer to Myth 3 for why you don’t want your filler lasting forever.)
Myth 7: Anyone Can Do the Injections
Nooooo!!!! An experienced injector, using FDA-approved fillers, is crucial for getting the results you want. Some of the horror stories about fillers involve untrained injectors using illegal substances. The more expertise the better when it comes to fillers for your face. Save the Groupon for your manicure, and make sure to go to a licensed professional who can help you make decisions about which fillers are right for you.
Schedule a consultation with OrangeTwist to see what fillers are for you—and feel reassured that you’re in skilled, professional hands.