Since the turn of the century, non-surgical cosmetic procedures have become increasingly popular among young people, particularly plump lips and airbrushed complexions.
It is easy to trace the origin of this cultural trend by looking at the Instagram feed of the average young person in the US, where influencers, reality stars, and celebrities bombard users with picture-perfect imagery. According to a recent survey of 1,212 people about their perceptions of aesthetic surgery and “tweaks,” 88% of respondents either “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that social media is largely to blame for cosmetic surgery’s popularity.
Many have discussed why young people feel the pressure to alter their appearances, but few have discussed the long-term health effects of such procedures. Although dermal fillers and other non-cosmetic treatments have temporary effects, could the long-term use of such products on younger complexions cause physical and psychological harm to the users?
Years ago, it was widely believed that going under the knife or needle was mostly reserved for the elderly who wanted to stay youthful well into their 50s and 60s. Despite this notion, young people are turning to procedures not so they can change their appearance, but rather so they can keep up with the “Instagram look” that is heavily promoted on social media.
It is becoming more and more common to see plump lips and well-defined cheekbones in selfies, and this airbrushed look continues to shape how ordinary people want to look. As a result, the term “filler fatigue” is used in the beauty community to describe the side effects of excessive filler use. Over time, the filler stretches and weighs down the skin, requiring more filler with each trip to the clinic, ultimately leading to further stretching issues.
Dermal fillers are different from Botox, which freezes muscles to reduce wrinkles. Dermal fillers are injectable implants that smooth the complexion and reduce wrinkles. They are injected under the skin.
Fillers are classified into four categories:
- Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by your body and is present in your skin and cartilage. Fillers made from hyaluronic acid typically last six to twelve months.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite: The mineral calcium hydroxylapatite is found in our bones. It lasts approximately 18 months.
- Poly-L-lactic acid is a biodegradable synthetic material that is also used to make dissolvable stitches. It can last up to two years.
- Polymethylmethacrylate beads are the only filler that can’t be absorbed by the body, so the results are permanent. It’s only used around the mouth.
Dermal fillers can be an effective and safe option for people who prefer a temporary measure. Due to its reputation as a user-friendly option, the use of filler is perceived more as a throwaway beauty treatment than a risky medical procedure. Furthermore, many experts position fillers in the same way that they do Botox: as preventative medicine that stops the signs of aging in their tracks. Unlike Botox, which stops you from making expressions that create wrinkles, some fillers claim to help stimulate collagen production.
Issues for young people
The temporary nature of dermal fillers has resulted in little attention being paid to the long-term impacts such treatments can have on young complexions. However, undergoing non-surgical procedures at a young age can result in several longer-term problems. A young person who has undergone cosmetic procedures is sometimes described as “aging sideways,” which describes the fact that they appear to have undergone surgery, as well as the fact that it makes it harder to tell whether they’re young or old.
Fillers remain one of the most popular cosmetic procedures due to their accessibility, short recovery time, and instant results. Some people, however, have developed an addiction to the procedure because of its benefits.
The goal of our Facial Aesthetics in Chicago, IL office is to give you the results you desire while also keeping a close eye on any issues that might arise in the future. You can be confident that we will recommend procedures that will be safe and effective regardless of your age. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Chicago Facial Aesthetics office and schedule a consultation with our facial cosmetics specialist.
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