What do I need to know about fillers? Our Toronto team knows this is a significant concern for patients who are thinking about trying injectable treatments to enhance their appearance. With aging, there is facial volume loss, bone resorption and sagging leading to wrinkle formation. One way to address these changes is with injectable fillers, hyaluronic acid being the most popular filler. These cosmetic treatments are frequently used for reversing several signs of aging and restoring a youthful appearance. It is important to do your research on fillers and ask questions before your aesthetic treatments. Here are five things you may not know about facial fillers.
Multiple Fillers Can Be Used on the Same Patient
Patients often don’t realize that multiple fillers can be used during one treatment session. There aren’t any side effects associated with mixing different types of fillers. Each area of the face will require a filler with a different density. Fillers that are used for rejuvenating the area below the eyes will be thinner than the volumizing fillers used to plump lips and cheeks, or the firmer fillers used to project the jawline.
We Can Treat the Full Face in Stages
Many patients prefer to have full face treatment in one session but it’s possible to treat in stages. A treatment plan is scheduled and the sessions are divided and performed in sequence so that you will always look natural after each individual treatment.
There is Minimal Downtime or Discomfort
There can be some discomfort during the treatment and mild tenderness for a few days. Bruising may occur and patients are advised to avoid alcohol, green tea, anti-inflammatory medication, omega-3s, vitamin E and garlic before their treatments to minimize any bruising. If you experience any pain or discolouration besides bruising, you must report it immediately. Treated areas may feel firm for a few days as the hyaluronic acid draws in water for its plumping effect but you should not detect any lumps since the filler will gradually integrate into the tissue. A comprehensive list of potential complications should be discussed before your treatment.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers are not Permanent
Depending on the area being treated and the properties of the filler being used, the duration of the filler effect will vary. Typically, most fillers will last six to twelve months and the effect can last longer after repeated treatments since fillers can also stimulate your own collagen.
Beauty Ideals Can Vary
Although most patients want their results to look natural, remember that beauty ideals can vary. It’s important for the patient and physician to have the same vision. You should discuss the areas you would like to improve and an experienced injector will recommend a treatment plan to address your concerns while maintaining a natural, youthful appearance.
What do I need to know about fillers? Our Toronto-based Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa can answer this question and provide more advice about hyaluronic acid fillers or biostimulatory injections. Call us at 416-483-4541 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.

5 Surprising Facts About Facial Fillers