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Facial Filler Don't Leave Your Body—and Alternatives You Need to Know

As a skincare professional, I’m all for that plump skin goodness. But I’ve seen the rise of facial fillers and, let me tell you, they’re not always as fabulous as they’re made out to be. I actively tell my clients (and my friends!) to avoid them. Obviously, filler is a personal decision and no judgement if you love it, it’s just not something I like to recommend. Knowing that facial fillers don't leave the body (ever! more on that in a bit) might be enough for you to hold off. But there's a few other reasons they aren't my favorite option. Here’s why you might want to think twice before jumping on the facial filler bandwagon and some facial filler alternatives to consider. 

5 things to know about facial fillers: 

1. They are temporary fix but a permanent commitment

Fillers are like a situationship—fun at first, but you need constant upkeep. Most fillers last anywhere from six months to two years, and once you start, it’s easy to fall into the cycle of regular touch-ups. It’s a never-ending commitment that can drain your wallet and time. They also are a life long commitment as the filler actually never dissolves, it just moves (more below!), so facial fillers don't leave the body.

 "Fillers are like a situationship"

2. Fillers move. They all it migration.

Filler migration can occur when the filler substance moves away from the injection site. This can happen due to improper injection technique, overfilling, or simply because of the natural movement of your facial muscles. Over time, the filler can drift, causing lumps, unevenness, or puffiness in areas where you didn’t want it. For example, cheek fillers can shift downwards, leading to unnatural contours and puffiness—no thanks! 

3. Long-Term Damage

Fillers can sometimes stretch the skin, and over time, repeated use might lead to skin laxity and sagging. This could leave your skin looking worse than before you started. Ouch! Also, facial fillers don't leave the body—yikes! So while you might not see the effects where you want them over time, the filler is still in your body. Just something to think about.

 " Facial fillers don't leave the body—yikes!"

4. They’re Not Always “Natural”

Despite being marketed as “natural” because they often use hyaluronic acid (a substance your body naturally produces), fillers are still synthetic. Hyaluronic acid is very popular but is actually one of my least favorite active ingredients

5. Asymmetry, Lumps and Bumps

Even the best practitioners can be off, resulting in asymmetrical results or lumps under the skin. It can be tricky (and costly) to fix these issues, leading to more procedures.

 

5 Facial Fillers Alternatives  

Alright, enough about the cons—let’s talk solutions! Here are some natural, organic alternatives to keep your skin looking youthful and radiant without the needle.

1. Facial Massages

Regular facial massages and exercises can improve blood flow and stimulate collagen production. It’s like a workout for your face. Guasha is a great place to start. We have an easy how-to gua sha guide. Gua sha works with the muscles in your face, breaking them up and smoothing fine lines. Over time this trains your face. It’s not only longer lasting than filler over time but it’s way more affordable.

2. Microcurrent Treatments

Microcurrent treatments are a great alternative to facial fillers because they use low-level electrical currents to stimulate the facial muscles, promoting natural collagen and elastin production. This non-invasive method helps to lift and tone the skin.

3. Organic Oils and Serums

Natural oils like rosehip and jojoba are packed with nutrients that hydrate and nourish your skin. Look for serums with a plumping effect like LitFromWithin Face Oil— an amazing facial filler alternative. 

4. Your Diet

What you eat shows on your face. A diet rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, and vitamins will keep your skin glowing from the inside out. Think berries, avocados, nuts, and leafy greens. Here’s a handy list of the 25 best foods for your skin.

5. Water!

Never underestimate the power of good old H2O. Staying hydrated keeps your skin plump and smooth. Dry skin beauties know that I have a water consumption rule of thumb: take your weight and divide that number in half, and that is the minimum number of ounces you should be drinking daily. 

Bonus! Regular Skincare Ritual

Stick to a consistent skincare routine with gentle, organic products. Oil cleanse, tone, and moisturize daily, and don’t forget to exfoliate a couple of times a week to keep your skin fresh and rejuvenated. 

 

Jenny Jewel

While this says Botox (I'm not anti-botox though I think there are good alternatives for that too!) I think the same goes for filler. Drink up, all! And opt for Spring water if you can. More on that in this article.

Stay glowing, lovelies! 🌟

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