Fillers can add a little anti-aging magic to your face, but many of us are fearful of using them. We’ve all seen women with chipmunk cheeks and profiles that resemble Marge Simpson’s. How can we enhance and repair without taking it too far? I interviewed Lita Gelgur from Not Just Faces Medical Aesthetics to get some answers for Vanity Network.
VN – What kind of problems can fillers fix?
Lita – As we age we lose collagen and hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring water loving chemical, from our bodies. This creates folds around the mouth, called marionette lines; lines from nose to mouth, called nasal folds; and thinner lips. By replacing hyaluronic acid, we can plump up, erase those deep lines and have younger looking lips.
VN – Are all fillers made from hyaluronic acid?
Lita – No, some are made from synthetic materials like gortex or silicone. Juviderm, Perlane,and Restylane are all products that contain hyaluronic acid.
VN – Why would someone use a synthetic material instead of a more natural product?
Lita – The synthetic products are permanent. Some women like this idea, but if something goes wrong and you don’t like the look, there is nothing you can do about it. Using synthetic products can cause what we call “duck lips” or “sausage lips”.
VN – I’ve seen people who have lips like that and it’s scary! I think that’s one reason people are fearful of doing fillers. Other than staying away from synthetic products, how can we avoid having exaggerated results? Even if they are temporary, nobody wants to walk around looking like Marge Simpson for six months.
Lita – The important thing is to use more natural products and to go slowly. There is an art to facial aesthetics. You use small amounts of product and wait to see how a client’s skin reacts. Different products work differently and it takes experience to know how to help someone create the look they’re trying to achieve.
VN – So how long do the natural products last?
Lita – In the beginning I will see a client more often, but once we find the right procedure for them the results will last up to a year.
After doing some research on injectables over the past few months (see my blog on Botox), this reporter’s opinion is: go slowly to see how your body will react to whatever procedure you chose; do your own research on the all the options available; and, above all, get a real professional who comes highly recommended, like Lita, to advise you. You’re not going to look like you’re twenty again and women who try end up looking foolish. Embrace your age and the beauty that comes with every phase of life; but there’s no harm in getting rid of a few wrinkles if it makes you happy.