With filler being one of our most popular injectable treatments at Utah Facial Plastics, there are several options when it comes to treatment, product, and size. If you are interested in this service, our experienced nurse injectors will help guide you to achieve the best results.
When considering filler, you may have noticed that half syringes or full syringes are available. There are very few fillers that are available in a half syringe, Juvederm Volbella and Restylane just to name a couple. The reason for this is that a half syringe is a very little amount and is only recommended for focused areas. A full syringe of filler contains 1.0mL (milliliters or cc) of product and half a syringe contains .5 mL. These amounts can be difficult to imagine, and a full syringe of filler can seem like a lot of filler. In actuality, a 1.0mL of filler is 1/5th of a teaspoon, which not very much at all!
Do I Need a Half Syringe or a Full Syringe?
A 1ml syringe is usually recommended to start with when patients come in for a treatment. A half syringe of filler can make difference and is a great place to start for some individuals who are nervous or want a very subtle change. They are typically used for lip enhancement, treating a few fine lines, or to touch up areas that need a little more volume. A half syringe will unlikely give someone the full result they need, but it is available for specific needs.
Filler is used to add volume to various areas of the face including the lips, around the mouth, cheeks, under-eyes, temples, nose, jaw, and chin. Most of these areas, depending on the desired outcome, require more than one syringe of filler and oftentimes more than one session. Before each session, we advise patients to avoid blood thinners such as ibuprofen, Vitamin E, fish oil, and alcohol at least 3-5 days prior to being treated. This will help decrease bruising and swelling following treatment.
When you consult with your provider, they will recommend the product best for your needs and how many syringes it will take to achieve the desired outcome. It is always best to research who you are seeing and view their work. Although filler is generally safe, some injectors may not have the training or experience needed to achieve an ideal and safe outcome.
What To Expect After an Injectable Filler Treatment?
Filler is noticeable immediately after the treatment. Bruising and swelling is always a risk when injected. If you do have bruising and swelling it can take 3-7 days to resolve on average. Mild tenderness is to be expected for a few days. The injection areas may feel hard or firm the first week, this is normal and will resolve on its own. Once everything settles and bruising and swelling subsides, you will be left with soft, natural results. Your injector may start with smaller amounts and recommend you come back for a second session. The reason for this is to allow some of the swelling to resolve and for you to decide if you are happy with the outcome or would like more.