Can you put filler in the high cheek bone area and lift the corners of the mouth? Can you put a small amount of filler in the cheek past the corner of your eyes and lift the nasolabial folds? Let’s break down this “tacking” filler concept and hopefully you will understand the answer yourself before we answer those questions. In essence, can you tack the skin and hold it in place with fillers like some providers claim?
- Most fillers are a gel substance made of hyaluronic acid. There are grades of dermal fillers. Some have large molecules of hyaluronic acid like Restylane Lyft and some medium and some small molecules like Restylane Silk. Some fillers are the consistency of honey like Defyne and Refyne.
- Fillers can be placed in different planes on the face. Fillers can place deep like in the cheeks or tear troughs but they are often more superficially placed around the mouth. If you tried to place filler deep around the mouth, you would be inside the mouth.
- Fillers are flexible. If you put a mound of filler on a piece of gauze, you could squish it around. You could make it go from a little hershey kiss appearance to a pancake. Fillers like Restylane, Versa and Juvederm are not solid or implants.
- You can mold fillers. After placement of fillers, you can massage and mold the fillers. .
The definition of tack is “to fasten or fix in place”.
When you place filler in the cheek in a deep fashion with a gel-like, flexible substance it does not fasten or fix in place the skin, muscle and fat pads on the cheeks to the bone. Thank goodness. If it did “tack” the muscle and fasten it in place, what would happen when you smile? Would it be tacked down then too? If some provider attempts to tack down your face with filler, see if you can still move the skin on top of it. You can. So let’s stop telling people you can tack filler and create some magical lift in distant spots with a dollop of filler places three inches from your concerns.
What can be done with filler is to lift and contour the face, keeping it flexible during expressions. Sometimes you can lift the nasolabial folds and lower face with mid-face fillers but this is from restoration of volume in the right place not from tacking the skin or muscles. Knowledge is power. If you want to learn more about refreshment for your concerns, call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation. Our Delaware med spa is proud to be the number one recommended med spa with five star google reviews. We are proud to tell you the truth and are honored to serve our community.