This Frightening Way to Inject Fillers Will Actually Keep You From Bruising



When discussing injections, it's important to first understand what it is we're even talking about. There's no question that there has been an increase in their popularity—a recent report from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery states that Americans were injected 6.6 million times last year, which is almost 40% more than five years ago. It's so ubiquitous, in fact, that I'm consistently invited to industry events where fillers are offered along with cocktails.

So here are the facts: Beverly Hills–based plastic surgeon John Diaz, MD, explains that "fillers" is a term used to refer to a variety of medical products "designed to fill in areas of volume loss." Popular areas to plump are the hallows of your under-eyes, lips, nasolabial folds (laugh lines), and cheekbones. Plus there are differences in their prices and how long they last.

"The longer-lasting formulas cost more up-front," says L.A.-based injection specialist Lisa Goodman. "Shorter-term fillers can last from six to 11 months based on the patient's rate of aging (i.e., smoking, drinking, sun exposure, genetics), while the longer-term fillers last about one to two years."