10 Things to Know If You’re Thinking About Trying Dermal Fillers


Dermal fillers have long been Hollywood’s best-kept secret to celebrity-status beauty – but now, the secret is out. We’re telling you everything you want to know about fillers, giving you all the answers you need before trying them for yourself. 

We’re going to cover:

    • What dermal fillers are and how to know if you’re a good candidate
    • The do’s and don’ts for preparing for fillers
    • All the key information to help you make an informed choice

A little lip plumping there, the slightest jawline definition there, and a soft smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles there – those are just some of the subtly beautiful effects of dermal fillers. 

But if you’re a filler first-timer, you probably have quite a few questions… luckily, we’re going to answer as many of them as we can now. We’ve whipped up this handy guide to fillers to make it easier to understand.

Would you rather get a more in-depth education on what fillers can do for you? At Focal Point Vitality, new guests are always welcome to come in for a personalized consultation with one of our experts. Schedule your consultation appointment now – we take a zero-pressure approach to help you decide if fillers are right for you.

Not Sure What Dermal Fillers Are?

Dermal fillers are non-invasive, injectable cosmetic treatments that come in various forms and deliver a broad range of gorgeous results. Also called cosmetic injectables, they generally have a gel-like texture and are made from several different FDA-approved products. 

The most popular injectables include products such as:

Cosmetic injectables can be used to:

    • Soften fine lines and wrinkles
    • Restore lost volume
    • Enhance facial contours
    • Create facial symmetry
    • Improve the appearance of scars
    • Add shape to thin lips
    • Bring definition to certain features

Who’s Best Suited for Dermal Fillers

So, how do you know that dermal fillers are right for you? One of the biggest benefits of fillers is that they are an ideal option for just about anyone. Since there are so many options and many techniques available when you see a trained injector, cosmetic injectables are incredibly versatile.

Have you always wished that you had a plumper pout? Dermal fillers can do that.

What about getting rid of those annoying smile lines that seem to drag your whole face down? Again, dermal fillers have you covered.

Highlight your favorite feature, minimize the signs of aging, add volume where it’s lacking, or prevent wrinkles before they start – it can all be achieved with fillers. Contact Focal Point Vitality to schedule a one-on-one consultation, so we can assess your goals and recommend your best next steps.

What to Do (and What to Avoid) Before Your Filler Treatment

Once you have your appointment to get fillers on the calendar, set yourself up for a good experience and optimal results by following these tips:

    • Tell your provider about any medications you’re on, as well as any allergies or skin conditions.
    • Skip any retinol, Retin-A, glycolic acid, retinoids, or anti-aging products in your skincare regimen for at least two days before.
    • Don’t drink alcohol for at least 72 hours before your treatment (and a day or so afterward).

10 Things to Know Before You Try Fillers

1. Not all fillers – or injectors – are created equally.

Do you know how there seems to be a random salon or dental office in every neighborhood that always seems to be running a special on fillers? Avoid them like the plague. Low-quality fillers and unskilled injectors can contribute to complications, including misplaced filler, too-large features, or unsymmetrical injections.

2. Dermal fillers are not the same thing as Botox.

A common question we hear is, “How are dermal fillers different than Botox?” The answer is in the syringe itself: Botox is used to relax facial muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, whereas fillers actually fill in the wrinkles. Both can offer stunning results, so it’s just a matter of personal preference.

3. How long your results last depends on a few factors.

The longevity of your results varies based on the type of filler, the treatment area, and how quickly your body breaks down the product. Generally, you can expect the effects to last between six months and 1-2 years.

4. You can use fillers on virtually any area of the face.

The question isn’t, “What areas of the face are good for dermal fillers?” It should be, “What areas aren’t?” Because fillers are so versatile, they can be used for many different purposes and in various areas of the face. Some popular treatment areas include the lips, cheeks, and jawline, though the forehead, nose, chin, under-eyes, and nasolabial folds are also good options. 

5. Fillers might be more affordable than you think.

Certain providers (including Focal Point Vitality) are able to offer customer rewards programs as a result of their relationships with the industry’s top cosmetic injectable manufacturers. So, you can earn points towards future treatments to fit fillers into your beauty budget.

6. There’s not necessarily a single “best filler” for everyone.

Just because your BFF loves the specific filler, she got in her lips, that doesn’t mean it’s the only filler you should consider. Each filler has its own unique perks, which is what makes some so well-suited to certain patients. The consultation process is hugely helpful in finding the best cosmetic injectables for you.

7. You can expect next to no downtime.

A little bit of tenderness and maybe some swelling are really the only symptoms to expect after fillers, making a recovery (what recovery?) a breeze. You won’t have to take a few days off work or even cancel your dinner plans because there’s virtually zero downtime for filler treatments.

8. Cosmetic injectables are the perfect “lunch break beauty treatment.”

Depending on your target area for treatment, you could be in and out of your appointment in 30 minutes or less. Many of our guests stop by for a quick visit during their lunch break, after work, or even before they start their weekend. 

9. A regular routine of fillers can be a proactive way to fight that aging look.

You definitely don’t need to wait to start using fillers as part of your anti-aging routine. Fillers can reduce the natural sagging and loss of volume that can cause lower face folds or wrinkles. Take that, wrinkle cream!

10. You don’t have to know everything about fillers – that’s what your injector is there for.

Now that you’ve read this entire guide, you’re hopefully feeling a lot more informed about fillers. But even so, you don’t have to do a deep dive on cosmetic injectables. Your consultation appointment is where you can learn more about fillers, focusing on your specific wants and needs. It’s the perfect time to ask questions, address concerns, and get all of the details directly from the experts themselves.

Refine Your Look with Dermal Fillers in Phoenix from Focal Point Vitality

The best injectable fillers are the ones that leave everyone wondering exactly what you did to look so fresh, well-rested, youthful, and beautiful – but above all, they’re the ones that give you the confidence that comes from looking and feeling better. Everyone will notice your new glow, but no one will know what you did.

Focal Point Vitality is one of the industry’s leading providers of dermal fillers in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and the neighboring communities. Our team has the training, skill, and talent to customize a treatment plan that flawlessly fits your wants and needs. And if you decide that fillers aren’t for you, we offer so many other services to treat yourself to a little beauty TLC.

In less than an hour, you can erase your most frustrating insecurities and enhance your natural beauty – are there any other treatments that can promise that? Contact Focal Point Vitality to schedule your consultation now!

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