WTF are fillers?
Filling in the gaps.
Let’s get one thing straight. Botox and fillers are two very different beasts. Botox essentially paralyses the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. The result can range from subtle smoothness to waxy cadaver depending on the skill of the practitioner. Although fillers are also injected, they generally consist of substances such as collagen and hyaluronic acid which enhance, augment and basically Photoshop different zones around the face. And rest assured, just because they’re called fillers, they don’t necessarily bulk things out.
A bonus is that they deliver hydration at a sub dermal level. Fillers are also fairly versatile in that they give your creepy thin lips some desired bulk, strengthen a weak chin without surgery, correct bumps on the nose and generally chisel things up.
The most important thing to remember here is not to be a cheap bastard. Go to reputable providers – not just those offering deals – where an accredited practitioner takes you through a detailed consultation on your aims before reaching for the needles. Ask to see before and after photos of their work and check to see they’re registered on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website (ahpra.gov.au)
The process is a two-stepper. First, a small amount of anaesthetic cream or injection is given to numb the area. Next, the product is placed gently where it is needed, through a small needle or a soft cannula. Unless you’re a pussy, it shouldn’t hurt and you could be back at your desk after an hour or two.
In terms of specific filler products, look to the likes of Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Volume, the results of which can last up to six months and two years respectively. Cost is a bit of a grey area as the fillers are charged by the millilitre, ranging from $700 to $800 per. Most men need around only one to three mls for a noticeable full face effect.