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What You Need to Know Before Your First Time Getting Filler

Your first time getting filler can be intimidating–here’s what you need to know and how to prepare for your first appointment.

Filler has quickly become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. Over 3 million filler procedures were done in 2020 alone. 

Part of the reason is that filler injections are safe procedures with little recovery time and have noticeable results while being minimally invasive. Not only that but the results are long-lasting and noticeable for a temporary procedure. In the years since fillers were first introduced, it’s become more and more possible to create completely natural-looking results that make your skin look more youthful and firm. 

But even knowing how effective and safe filler injections are, you likely have a lot of questions before your first filler appointment.

So here’s what you need to know your first time getting filler. 

What are fillers?

Fillers, more formally called dermal fillers, are injectable substances that plump the face and reduce wrinkles.

The reason they’re popular is because of the way your skin changes as you age. Over time, your skin becomes thinner and you produce less hyaluronic acid. 

Hyaluronic acid is an important and naturally occurring substance in your body. It holds moisture and helps your skin maintain a plump, youthful appearance. As your body produces less of it the result is thinner and dryer skin that appears aged.

While there are many types of filler, one of the most common and popular types uses hyaluronic acid to replenish what’s lost as you age. There are other types of filler though that include: calcium hydroxylapatite, and polylactic acid (a collagen stimulator). The type you get for your treatment will depend on the type of procedure you want and your ideal outcomes. 

Common filler brands include:

Where do you get filler injections?

You can get filler injected in many areas depending on what you want to achieve. Fillers are typically used in areas that you want to make fuller because the skin has become thinner and looser (As opposed to Botox which is injected around areas where frequent movement of the muscles under the skin creates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.)

These are some of the common sites of filler injections:

  • Around your eyes to reduce the shadow of lower lids or for crows feet as an alternative to Botox
  • Lips 
  • Deep lines around the mouth and nose
  • Forehead
  • Cheeks
  • Neck and chest
  • Hands

Does filler hurt and are their side effects?

For your first time getting filler, it’s normal to be concerned about the side effects. But the treatment is one of the safest and most effective cosmetic procedures. 

During the treatment, your doctor will first cleanse the area of your injection site and then apply a topical numbing ointment. As a result, you will not feel any pain during the injection.

After the treatment, it’s common to experience some minor side effects that go away within a few days (but can last 7-14 days in some instances):

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Mild soreness
  • Itching

It is best to not touch your face for up to six hours after treatment and you should avoid exercise for 24 hours. In addition, it’s best to avoid lying down or leaning forward after the treatment. This can cause the filler injections to shift and ruin the effect of the treatment you intended to have. It’s also helpful to avoid extreme heat like sunbathing and saunas.

What to do before your first appointment?

As with any procedure, there are a few things to keep in mind to help your first appointment go smoothly and reduce side effects after the treatment.

  • In the week before your appointment, avoid blood-thinning medications like Aleve, aspirin, or ibuprofen, as well as supplements like garlic, ginseng, and vitamin E.
  • Avoid other treatments or products that can irritate the skin like waxing, tweezing, and topical anti-aging products.
  • It’s best not to drink alcohol at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Arrive at your appointment without makeup on. While your doctor can remove the makeup, it helps if you show up with an already clean face.

How long does filler last?

The effects of your filler treatment should last for at least six months. They can last longer and the amount of time depends on a few factors. Certain types of filler last longer than others and the amount of filler you get influences how quickly it gets absorbed fully into your body. 

How to figure out which filler and how much is right for you?

The only way to know for sure which filler you should use and how much to get is by talking to a doctor who specializes in cosmetic procedures.

When you visit one of our doctors, they will discuss your health history, your aesthetic goals for a procedure, and tell you about the options available to achieve the look you want.

There are some recent trends that involve doing filler by yourself at home but this is never advisable. Fillers should never be purchased for use at home. Just like all other cosmetic injections, fillers should only be performed by a professional who is trained in administering these injections.

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we ensure your experience is safe and give natural-looking results that align with your ideal appearance. To book your consultation, contact your closest location today.

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What Is Juvederm? Here’s How One of The Most Popular Anti-Aging Solutions Works

There are a lot of products to choose from in the world of aesthetics and anti-aging. So if you’ve been wondering “What is Juvederm?”… Here’s everything you need to know to help decide if it’s right for you.

As we age, we all develop fine lines and wrinkles at different spots on our face. Some of us get lines sooner than others depending on genetics or lifestyle factors like stress, exposure to sunlight, or smoking. 

But the reality is that it happens to all of us, and we often would like a solution to remove those fine lines or reduce their appearance. Especially if we feel like we’re developing them earlier than we hoped.

One of the best products to reduce fine lines and wrinkles is Juvederm. An injectable that’s called a “filler” because of how it’s used to apparently “fill-in” the fine lines and wrinkles on your face.

Juvederm was FDA approved to treat wrinkles and anti-aging back in 2006.

Since then, it’s been used in millions of procedures to reduce signs of aging without having to undergo a facelift or any more serious surgery.

It’s continued to be one of the safest and most popular treatments.

What is Juvederm used for?

Juvederm is generally reserved for aging concerns on the face. And the procedure can be done in a range of areas:

Acne scarring

Acne scars can develop after repetitive and long periods of deep cystic acne. And in the past, acne scars have been one of the most challenging conditions to reverse. But Juvederm provides an option for smoothing out the appearance of acne scars. A Juvederm injection to the site can help fill in the skin’s surface where the scars exist. 

Wrinkles and laugh lines around the eyes

The skin around our eyes is some of the thinnest and most sensitive. And on top of that, the skin is in constant motion as we express ourselves throughout the day. It’s why wrinkles around the eyes are often the earliest and most noticeable lines we see as we age. Juvederm can help you look younger by softening these lines so they become less noticeable.

Lips and mouth

Around the lips and mouth, aging can show up earlier than other places because of how sensitive the skin in this area is. Juvederm can be used to plump lips and to reduce the appearance of fine lines around the mouth.

Marionette lines

These lines run from the corner of your mouth down to your chin and jaw. They get their name from giving the appearance of the mouth lines on a marionette doll’s face. Juvederm is often used to reduce the appearance of these lines which can cause your face and skin to appear older than it really is.

Nasolabial folds

The nasolabial folds are the lines that run from your nose down to the sides of your mouth. They most often develop as a result of smiling but can become more permanent and show even when you’re not smiling as you age. Juvederm can be used to reduce the appearance of these lines when your face is at rest.

How does Juvederm work?

Juvederm works by injecting hyaluronic acid into your skin.

You may already be familiar with hyaluronic acid as it’s very popular in facial creams and serums.

Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar that naturally occurs in your skin. It helps your skin stay hydrated and firm by helping water bind to collagen. It’s able to hold a thousand times its weight in water so that our bodies stay hydrated. And as it traps moisture in your skin so it can appear healthier, plumper, and dewier. 

Your body produces hyaluronic acid naturally, but as we age, we produce less and less of it.

When you get the Juvederm injection with hyaluronic acid, it replenishes the hyaluronic acid and helps your skin retain more water again. The end result is having dewier and plumper looking skin that appears younger.

How long does it last?

Juvederm isn’t permanent. And to keep seeing results, will have to be repeated at periodic intervals.

How long Juvederm lasts depends on a few things: 

  • The amount of Juvederm you receive 
  • The location of your procedure 
  • Your body chemistry—some people metabolize the hyaluronic acid faster than others 

But the procedure generally produces effects that last from six months up to two years. 

These are great long-term results especially since the procedure is minimally invasive and can produce noticeable results without a facelift or other surgery.

Is Juvederm safe?

Juvederm is FDA approved and considered safe for cosmetic treatments when delivered by a trained provider.

There are side effects that some patients might experience at the injection site like

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bumps
  • Bruising
  • Itching

But these are mild side effects and generally disappear within a week. But if there are any leftover bumps after a week, then you can book an appointment with your specialist to massage out those remaining bumps.

There are ways to reduce or prevent the experience of side effects that your approved provider can tell you based on your specific situation. Some of the most common advice includes

How to get a Juvederm consultation

If you’re wondering about getting Juvederm for yourself, it’s important to talk to a licensed provider first.

To make sure it’s injected correctly and doesn’t lead to negative side effects, Juvederm should never be administered by yourself or without a consultation first. 

Here at Valley Medical Weight Loss we are licensed providers who care about giving you the best experience and results. We know you’re looking to look and feel more like yourself. So we cover how much and where the Juvederm injections will produce the best and most natural results for you.

To get your Juvederm consult, contact your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss center and book an appointment today.


  1. Papakonstantinou, Eleni, et al. “Hyaluronic Acid: A Key Molecule in Skin Aging.” Dermato-Endocrinology, Landes Bioscience, 1 July 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583886/

Reverse Aging with Juvederm

When it comes to turning back your skin’s clock, Botox® is the talk of the town, but Botox® isn’t the only solution on the block. In fact, Botox® works best when combined with other interventions, like Juvederm ®, a dermal gel filler that picks up where Botox® leaves off. In most cases, Botox® works best on the common “frown lines” on the forehead and crow’s feet, or the small wrinkles that develop around the outer edges of your eyes. On the other hand, Juvederm ® is most effective in the areas around the nose and mouth — especially the “parentheses lines”, which develop each side of the mouth.

How Juvederm® Works

As you age, your body starts to naturally produce smaller amounts of two proteins called elastin and collagen. Unfortunately, the lowered production of these proteins translates to loss of volume in the skin. With a loss of volume, comes skin sagging, which can leave you with visible creases and wrinkles, especially in areas where the skin is thinner, like your face and chest area (or décolletage). This doesn’t just happen with aging though; it can also occur as a result of significant weight loss.

Juvederm ®, which is a gel made of hyaluronic acid, is used to correct these wrinkles. A medical professional injects the gel directly into the areas that have lost volume, literally filling in empty spaces to plump the skin back up and reduce the appearance of deep facial wrinkles and folds. Because of the way it works, Juvederm ® falls into the “dermal filler” category, unlike Botox®, which works in an entirely different way.

What To Expect

Like Botox®, Juvederm ® injections only require a quick, in-office procedure with little to no recovery time. You can get in and out on your lunch break; and the results are as quick as the appointment. You’ll notice a difference as soon as the gel is in place.

A single Juvederm ® treatment lasts up to one year, so there is little to no maintenance involved. In fact, Juvederm ® is the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler that lasts that long.

What Else Should I Know?

You may experience some side effects after getting Juvederm ®, but in most cases, these side effects are mild to moderate and last one week, at most. The most commonly reported side effects are pain or tenderness at the injection site, redness, and swelling.

As always, our priority is to make you feel comfortable and confident. We encourage you to reach out to us to ask any questions you have about Juvederm ® and what it can do for you.