Why Younger People are Getting Facial Filler and why you shouldn’t start too early.
If you read our blogs about “How young is too young to get facial filler injections” and “Kardashians & Social Media’s influence about facial fillers,” you’ll be aware that younger patients are wanting facial fillers at earlier ages. Find out more below; you can also search our other great blogs about dermal filler injections for additional information.
Why are more people under 25 years of age insisting on getting Facial Filler Injections (Dermal Fillers or Anti-Wrinkle Injections)?
There are many discussions taking place these days about the age of cosmetic treatment consent.
In other words, how young is ‘too young’ to have facial fillers or other cosmetic procedures, including surgery?
The influence of the social media selfie culture cannot be underestimated here.
That noted, there may be some benefits to facial fillers and other skin treatments using advanced technologies.
These include potential gains from dermal fillers, as well as risks, a few of which are listed below:
- The school of thought that says that dermal fillers can actually stimulate collagen production.
- As collagen is largely responsible for giving the skin its strength and structure, this is seen as a positive outcome.
- So people start to believe that starting facial filler injections earlier in life might be a great strategy to stave off ageing.
- But the reality is that it can backfire on all fronts, and if the Injector gets it wrong – or you use too much, too soon, in the wrong places or for too long – you may actually end up looking older than you are.
A rise in the early use of facial filler and anti-wrinkle injections for Cosmetic Enhancements
Women have always felt pressure to maintain a youthful appearance (with men now also feeling the pressure of maintaining their looks for longer). But there is no doubt that the ‘selfie’ generation is under even more pressure to look good, and maintain a youthful appearance, than any prior generation.
As Celebrities are making it facial fillers & anti-wrinkle injections appear fashionable – even filming themselves in the midst of a treatment and posting it up to YouTube – it’s challenging for teenagers not to want to follow suite.
Because we live in the day of the SELFIE obsessed teen rather than the merely self-obsessed teen. And it’s all about the IMAGE (Video, Stills or otherwise).
This is partly the reason for a huge increase in young people wanting dermal fillers – they want, or feel they need to document their lives on Instagram or Facebook and Twitter – and therefore want to LOOK perfect. Filters are all the rage but they can only do so much.
The other reason is the Celebrity social media culture of sprouting augmented lips and high cheekbones, along with noticeably protruding body parts that have obviously had a bit of surgical help – being posted to social media platforms.
Celebrity Copy Cats? Blame the Kardashians. Or NOT.
Blame the fact that in today’s culture, we ALL want to do all that we can to look our best. And with a major emphasis on photographs for our business profiles, dating platforms and the like – it IS an increasingly important aspect of our lives.
With the belief that having fillers can slow the progression of wrinkles, many cosmetic practitioners find that they have a growing number of patients in their twenties, and even some filler injecting requests from people in their teens.
- Some of them are concerned that young individuals shouldn’t yet be considering having cosmetic work at all (unless to correct a serious deformity, imbalance or an overly gummy smile).
- However, along with those who are concerned about their youth, there is a corresponding number of younger patients looking for procedures such as fillers who are actually nervous that they’ve left treatment too late!
So how young is TOO young for Facial Filler Injections?
When you have someone famous like Kylie Jenner having lip fillers at age 17 or 18, this sends a concerning message to many others of the same age.
If you have millions of followers and can show a glamorous filler result, the appeal may double.
However, you should remember that most lip fillers last from between 3 to 5 up to 18 months (it can vary depending on what substance is used and how you are injected).
- This may mean that once you start plumping your lips, you may end up wanting injections on a regular basis for many, many years or until you decide that you are prepared to revert to your natural looks.
- If you start very early, this can end up equating to a long life span of getting injections or facial fillers.
- Fillers were unlikely ever intended to be used for 30 to 50 years in a row.
While most countries allow for cosmetic procedures over the age of 18, there are even some patients below this age who are looking for fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
As it is beginning to become commonplace for very young celebrities to have dermal fillers, the knock-on effect emerges of the majority of young women, from mid-teens to early-twenties, thinking it is normal to have facial fillers and anti-wrinkle injections at this young, impressionable age – herein lies the problem for parents, teens and Injectors alike.
How young is TOO young for facial filler injections?
6 potential problems with starting dermal facial fillers below the age of 25 to 30
- Doing cosmetic injections on the ‘cheap’
Unless you’re a celebrity, the chances are that most people in this age group don’t have a great deal of disposable income. As a result, they are often more likely to choose someone to inject them that isn’t properly qualified, and experienced. It is increasingly common for younger patients to opt for the ‘cheaper’ alternative, unaware of the associated risks of an inexperienced injector or bad-quality filler product.
The filler industry isn’t always well-regulated (it isn’t regulated at all in the UK) so there is no law against this happening, even though a lot can go wrong if facial fillers aren’t professionally administered! Bruising, swelling, a lob-sided or deformed appearance, and other side effects are possible. More serious conditions, although rare, have also been known to happen when a qualified professional is not used to administer dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections.
This is a serious concern when it comes to young women opting for facial filler injections. Proper research and time needs to be put it into weighing up the possible risks of fillers, especially when paying bottom-dollar for an inexperienced, unqualified injector – which can often be more common in younger patients.
Over-filling causing younger patients to appear older than they actually are
If fillers or anti-wrinkle injectables are badly administered, they can often age you in appearance.
When using an Injector who is under-qualified or inexperienced, you run the risk of your face being ‘over-filled’ as they may use too much product when trying to achieve your desired outcome.
The result can often be that a younger face may resemble an older woman trying to recapture her youth, rather than the youthful, refreshed appearance you were trying to capture!
Having an expectation that facial fillers will transform your entire life
Just as the increase in cosmetic procedures, such as facial fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, can often be linked to people wanting to showcase the best possible version of themselves and their lives on social media – this short-cut to feeling good often doesn’t help in the long-run.
As young women begin to feel increasing pressure to look good, and project a ‘perfect’ image to the outside world – using facial fillers and other cosmetic procedures to achieve this may often build an expectation that is simply unattainable and unrealistic.
Young woman may often believe that plumping up their lips or creating high cheekbones similar to the models and social media stars they admire is capable of transforming their lives. This heightened expectation has the potential to send young women down the path of believing they need to fix or alter any and all parts of their body that aren’t ‘perfect’ like the photos and social media material they see online.
Attempting to put the Ageing Process on hold
Whilst facial fillers may improve collagen production, there are many other ways to maintain a youthful appearance, especially for younger women.
Adapting a suitable skin regime, wearing daily sun protection (SPF 30 or more) from a young age, limiting alcohol consumption, and avoiding smoking cigarettes should be more of a priority for younger woman before they even consider dermal fillers or facial injections.
Whilst anti-wrinkle injections are a great option for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles as we age, there are many ways in which the signs of ageing can be reduced if we are diligent and smart with our skincare and maintain a healthy lifestyle from the get-go.
Trivialising a Medical Procedure & not knowing the risks
As facial fillers and other forms of cosmetic enhancements become more and more popular for younger generations, they can often be seen as ‘just another form of makeup’.
With the rise of social media and the need to post the ‘perfect’ images, younger women may run the risk of seeing facial fillers as just another necessity, rather than a procedure that should they should carefully and thoroughly consider before proceeding with.
Facial fillers are not just a ‘one-off’ procedure – to maintain results, you will need to commit to regular injecting sessions anywhere from 3-6 months apart.
- There are implications when you inject anything into your body, even if most injectables are now formed from hyaluronic acid, which is absorbed by the body over time.
- If you think you should have a dermal filler because ‘you’re looking tired’ the chances are that a few good night’s sleep will work just as well if you’re still young and healthy.
- Younger skin has a quicker recovery process and there are often less invasive options if you feel your skin isn’t looking quite right.
- Speaking to a Dermal Clinician or Skin Care Team may help you with your skin issues, rather than opting for facial fillers as a ‘quick fix’.
The lure of MORE is MORE when actually LESS is MORE.
Once you start – how much is enough?
Lack of appearance confidence is a sad condition that afflicts an increasing number of people. We’re all surrounded by ‘perfect’ images of airbrushed models and Instagram pictures of people that reflect only the best photos of them with the perfect lighting. So it is natural for young people to become insecure about their appearance in general. This can then affect their confidence, interpersonal relationships and social lives.
- If they become obsessed with a feature that isn’t as they wish, it can becoming detrimentally distracting in their lives
- If it’s readily or easily remedied, so be it, but if they start to view cosmetic procedures as the only way to improve their lives, or think their lives will experience a complete turn around after a procedure – they will likely become disappointed.
- If one procedure doesn’t help with their insecurities, women may opt for more and more cosmetic work in the hope that they’ll eventually feel better about themselves.
This is certainly not to say that all young patients don’t have a valid and well thought out reason for having dermal fillers or other procedures.
Good Cosmetic Injectors often turn people away because of their young age, but they’ll often return when they’re older, still sure of what they want done and determined to have the procedure. Sadly, others will go overseas or to a cheap, unprofessional clinic that isn’t scrupulous on what they offer or who they offer it to – meaning they could be risking infections related to poor sanitisation measures (or worse yet, non-approved injecting substances that could cause serious harms).
Dermal fillers are so accessible now that they are touted as simply another beauty product, like getting your hair colored.
However, too much of a good thing can make young girls appear deformed and even older than they are. If you over-smooth the forehead, in the wrong way, you can leave someone with an expressionless face even in their twenties.
It seems that this early rush for facial fillers at younger ages is a bit of a social-media and Kardashian celebrity trend, but it doesn’t mean it’s a great one.
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As most experienced and qualified Injecting Nurses & Clinicians tend to advise, it’s typically best to wait until you’re actually starting to show some signs of ageing before embarking on any injectable Facial Filler treatments.
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