Your skin is an important part of your appearance, but age can wreak havoc on the look and feel of this large organ. Collagen loss, for example, is a common problem as you age. This loss of collagen is what causes the face to develop fine lines, wrinkles, and the overall elasticity and youthfulness of the skin. Even though you may purchase numerous creams and serums that claim they will boost collagen production, the plumpness will be lost. Fortunately, dermal fillers can help.

By injecting hyaluronic acid into areas of the face that have been affected by the loss of collagen, fine lines, wrinkles, and sunken areas of the skin can be filled in, improving your appearance almost instantly. Of course, proper understanding is essential before receiving these injectable fillers. Here are a few mistakes to avoid when considering/receiving dermal fillers.

Not Using an Appropriate Technician

One of the worst mistakes you can make is choosing the wrong provider/technician. Many professionals claim they are trained and certified in injectable, but in reality, they are not the most appropriate providers to use.

Do your research when searching for a technician who can administer the dermal fillers. Read reviews and ask for recommendations. Make sure to only use a board-certified provider if you want the most successful treatment possible.

Not Focusing on the Full Picture

Another common mistake people make when receiving dermal fillers is focusing only on one area. For example, you may have fine lines around the mouth and only want to focus on plumping up this area. Or, you may have thin lips that will be treated with injectable fillers.

Although it's important to focus on your problem areas, you should make the big picture a factor when receiving your fillers.

Allow the technician to inspect your face and make notes of any problem areas that can be restored with fillers. Filling in one area may improve the one particular problem, but this could cause your face to look disproportioned. During the consultation, the technician will be able to determine if multiple areas should be enhanced with the dermal fillers, improving your entire facial appearance.

Not Considering Your Emotional Health

The look of your face will affect your appearance and self-esteem. Many people with fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging lack self-esteem and confidence, which can affect their daily life. Even though dermal fillers can improve your appearance and even give you a boost of confidence, it is important to remember that the treatment is not a fix for your emotional health and wellness.

Your appearance does matter, but your actual physical and emotional health should be priorities. Never assume dermal fillers and other cosmetic procedures will repair issues that are affecting your emotional health. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or body dysmorphia, consider visiting a therapist to discuss your problems before undergoing any cosmetic treatment.

Not Listening to Doctor's Instructions

Finally, you need to listen to your doctor's instructions before and after receiving dermal fillers.

Certain medications, for example, will increase your risk of severe bruising after the procedure. Avoid taking aspirin, certain cardiovascular medications, and even a variety of herbal supplements, such as ginkgo biloba and vitamin E.

Unless medically necessary, these medications should be avoided for a week or two before the injectables are administered.

Swelling is normal after receiving the injections, but there are always ways to minimize this side effect. Avoid sleeping on your stomach or side, which will alleviate any pressure on the face. Consider elevating your head slightly while sleeping, too, which increases blood flow through the face, reducing the risk of bruising, swelling, and inflammation.