Why People are Getting Fillers At Younger Ages and 6 Reasons why you Shouldn’t Start Too young.
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.
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In other words, how young is ‘too young’ to have facial fillers or other cosmetic procedures, including surgery?
Social media selfie culture has a lot of influence over young people.
That noted, there may be some benefits to facial fillers and other skin treatments using advanced technologies.
But, they also pose some potential risks.
- The school of thought says that dermal fillers can actually stimulate collagen production.
- Collagen is largely responsible for giving the skin its strength and structure.
- People start to believe that starting facial filler injections earlier in life might be a great strategy to stave off ageing.
- The reality is that it can backfire on all fronts. If the Injector gets it wrong or you use too much, too soon, in the wrong places or for too long you may end up looking older than you are.
A rise in the early use of facial fillers and anti-wrinkle injections for Cosmetic Enhancements
Women have always felt pressure to maintain a youthful appearance. Men are now also feeling the pressure to maintain 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. Some even film themselves in the midst of treatment and post it on YouTube. It’s challenging for teenagers not to follow suite.
Why are more young people seeking facial fillers and injections?
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. Leading them believe they need to LOOK perfect. Filters are all the rage, but they can only do so much.
Celebrity social media culture is also to blame. It’s an increasing trend to see pictures of augmented lips, high cheekbones and noticeably protruding body parts posted on social media.
Celebrity Copy Cats? Blame the Kardashians. Or NOT.
Blame the fact that in today’s culture, we ALL want to do everything we can to look our best. There is 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.
It’s believed by many practitioners that young individuals shouldn’t have procedures. The exceptions to this tend to be serious deformity, imbalance or overly gummy smiles.
In contrast, there’s a growing number of young patients looking for cosmetic procedures who think they’ve left treatment too late!
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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, it 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.
When it comes to how long lip fillers will last, it depends on several factors. Which substance the injector uses and the method used to inject are crucial. However, most lip fillers last between 3-5 months and can last up to 18 months.
- 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.
- It’s not a good idea to use fillers for 30 to 50 years in a row because they weren’t designed for that.
While most countries allow 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’s becoming 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 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. Completely unaware of the associated risks of an inexperienced injector or bad-quality filler product.
The filler industry isn’t always well-regulated. In fact, it isn’t regulated at all in the UK. 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 people opting for facial filler injections. You need to properly research 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
You have the potential to look a lot older than you actually are. All it takes is an injector administering the fillers or anti-wrinkle injectables badly.
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
People want to showcase the best possible version of themselves and their lives on social media, which is why there’s an increase in cosmetic procedures right now. This short-cut to feeling good 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
- limiting alcohol consumption
- avoiding smoking cigarettes
Anti-wrinkle injections may smooth fine lines and wrinkles as we age. But, there are many ways to reduce the signs of ageing with skincare and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Trivialising a Medical Procedure & not knowing the risks
Facial fillers and other forms of cosmetic enhancements have become more and more popular for younger generations. Often it’s just seen as ‘another form of makeup’.
With the rise of social media and the need to post the ‘perfect’ images, the younger generation are running the risk of seeing facial fillers as just another necessity. Instead of a procedure that should be carefully and thoroughly consider before proceeding.
Facial fillers are not just a ‘one-off’ procedure. Maintaining the results, will need commitment and regular injecting sessions anywhere from 3-6 months apart.
- There are implications when you inject anything into your body. Hyaluronic acid is one of the main ingredients in injectables today, and it’s 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. 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.
- Its better to have our skin options discussed before you 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, staged, filtered Instagram photos. These pictures reflect only the best of them with perfect lighting and touch-ups. It’s natural for young people to become insecure about their appearance in general when you look at today’s society and social pressures. This can distort how we see ourselves, affect confidence, mental health, interpersonal relationships and social lives.
It may seem like an attractive offer, but…
- It can become detrimentally distracting in their lives if they become obsessed with a feature that isn’t as they wish
- If it’s readily or easily remedied, so be it. However, if they start to view cosmetic procedures as the only way to improve their lives, or think their lives will experience a complete turnaround after a procedure – they will likely become disappointed.
- One procedure may not alleviate their insecurities.
- People 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. Often they just return when they’re older, still 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. This can increase the risk of infections related to poor sanitisation measures. Or, worse, non-approved injecting substances that could cause serious harm.
Am I TOO Young for Facial Filler Injections or Lip Augmentation?
You should BE CAUTIOUS (and maybe wait until you’re a bit older), as illustrated by the reasons listed earlier in the blog. However, opinions vary on this topic.
The best answer about what age is OKAY to get facial fillers often depends on several factors.
- Firstly, the goals of the person wanting the injecting treatment.
- If a younger patient, goals should take into account the level of distress surrounding a facial feature or smile deformity
- Goals should also take into account what they’re hoping to remedy with injections and assessing if these expectations are realistic
- Secondly, the ability of the fillers to make a difference without permanently impacting the facial features or skin (taking into account the risks of dermal filler injections and the technical skills required to get a great result from cosmetic injections)
- And thirdly, the maturity and decision-making capacity of the person who’s wanting the injections.
Selfies are also responsible for younger Cosmetic Injecting Patient trends
Sadly, the selfie trends show no signs of letting up. And indeed, this is likely to play into younger patients wanting cosmetic injecting treatments at earlier ages than ever before.
But unlike earlier generations, when the trends for looking one’s best were often to try out new makeup colours or experiment with hairstyles and hair colours, teens today are wanting more serious options:
- such as permanent adornments like tattoo’s
- temporary facial filler injections
- Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
- And more
Temporary Facial Fillers or Lip Augmentation Injections are fortunately not as permanent as a tattoo, nor as invasive as a Surgical Rhinoplasty, for example. However, they are still serious medicine.
You shouldn’t take filler injections lightly. They’re a prescription-level cosmetic treatment, regardless of the fact that they’re commonly used for cosmetic enhancements.
At Coco Ruby, we see younger patients wanting to get preventative anti-wrinkle injections (which can have a preventative effect on lines and wrinkles, as long as they don’t start too young or overdo it) and – of course – cheek fillers or lip augmentation using dermal filler solutions.
But the popular question on everyone’s mind is: What age should they start – and HOW YOUNG is TOO YOUNG to get FACIAL FILLER INJECTIONS or LIP Augmentation using dermal fillers?
Am I too young to get Facial Filler Injections?
Your daughter probably won’t ask you this question.
Why? She’s probably afraid you’ll say NO.
With the globe at her fingertips on her smartphone, she’s more likely to find a way to seek her own beauty treatments without letting you know. She might even attend a group injecting session with friends.
Warning to Parents about Teenagers Getting Cosmetic Injecting Treatments:
Be sure they know the risks of cheap injections
As a PARENT, you’ll want to be sure you let her know that injectors are not all equal.
You don’t want your child going to someone who uses off-label or non-TGA sanctioned products, or permanent fillers. If they do, your child could wind up disfigured for life. There are many unscrupulous injecting outfits that rely on non-TGA substances in order to offer cheap injections.
We suggest you have an HONEST talk with your teenagers about the risks of bad injecting practices. Talk to them about the pros and cons of starting injections at a young age. If they’re still determined to get facial fillers, it’s probably better to help them than leave them to their own devices. YOU’LL know the difference between an unscrupulous injecting clinic (or the back room of someone’s apartment) and a quality clinic like Coco Ruby Skin & Anti-Ageing.
How Young is Too Young For Fillers? There isn’t a perfect age for Facial Fillers – and everyone is different.
Some patients under 20 may really benefit from fillers if they have valid appearance-related concerns.
The beauty of Facial Fillers is that they can correct an asymmetry concern or improve the overall facial balance.
If your child has a very gummy smile, anti-wrinkle injections from a talented injector can help. When you’re a teenager, feeling less self-conscious about a certain trait can make all the difference.
Most teenagers worry about their appearance because of their ideals, not because of actual anatomy deficiencies.
Best Way for Parent’s to Approach a Teenager who wants Facial Filler (Cheek or Lip Augmentation Injections)
- Have an HONEST talk with your teenagers about the risks of bad injecting practices. Talk with them about the pros and cons of starting injections at a young age.
- Listen to what they’re saying about their beauty options and ask if they’ve had friends who’ve gotten fillers. Hopefully, they weren’t lured into a cheap injecting practice that gave them a lifelong injecting disaster.
- Encourage them to wait until they’re old enough to make their own decisions.
But here’s another take on why starting FILLER injections when you’re too young isn’t always the best idea.
Dermal fillers are so accessible now that they are touted as simply another beauty product, like getting your hair coloured.
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.
It’s typically best to wait until you’re showing signs of ageing before you start injectable treatments. Many experienced Injecting Nurces and Clinicians tend to give this advice themselves.
Want to learn more about facial fillers? Read more on our blogs: “Cosmetic Facial Fillers and the Social Media Impact of the Kardashians”