Did you know that all the visible signs of aging can be dialed back to volume loss? Over time, your facial tissues thin out, fine lines and wrinkles become more prominent around the face, and your cheeks tend to become more hollow. This can be attributed to smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines and restoring a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Injectable Dermal Fillers – What are They?
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected underneath the skin to restore the lost volume, smooth out the lines/wrinkles, and enhance the contours of your face. Over a million men and women choose this cost-effective facial rejuvenation treatment to look youthful, and it doesn’t require surgery.
They usually are of the following types: Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA), Poly-L-lactic Acid, Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), and Autologous fat injections.
How Can Dermal Fillers Enhance Your Appearance?
Dermal fillers, popularly known as wrinkle fillers, can do more than smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. They can also smooth out the lines around your mouth, restore the volume around your sunken cheeks and temples, get rid of vertical lip lines, plump up your lips, smooth out the creases, and improve facial symmetry.
What are Dermal Fillers Made Up of?
There are multiple types of fillers used by cosmetic surgeons. The fillers can be categorized based on the substances they are made from. Ensure that the filler used is FDA-approved by a recognized brand name and done by a licensed physician only.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance already found in your skin. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, last 6 to 12 months or longer before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles. Most HA fillers are infused with lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during and after treatment. FDA-approved HA fillers include:
- Juvéderm products: Juvéderm XC, VOLUMA, VOLBELLA, VOLLURE
- Restylane products: Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Kysse, Restylane Contour
- Belotero Balance
- Revanesse Versa
- The RHA collection: RHA 2, RHA 3, and RHA 4
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
Calcium Hydroxylapatite is a naturally occurring substance found in our bones. The calcium particles are microscopic and are suspended in a smooth gel. These fillers are generally thicker than the hyaluronic acid filler and last longer. They stimulate natural collagen production in your body and are used to treat deeper lines and wrinkles. The FDA-approved CaHA fillers are Radiesse®.
These fillers are biocompatible and biodegradable synthetic substances. They have been used for years in medical devices. Poly-L-Lactic acid fillers are classified as collagen stimulators designed to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles while rebuilding natural collagen. The filler will dissipate in a few days post the treatment. They treat deep facial wrinkles, and the results will last for two years or more. FDA-Approved Poly-L-Lactic acid fillers include Sculptra® Aesthetic.
Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is a synthetic, biocompatible filler that has been used for more than ten years. PMMA takes the form of a microsphere that fits beneath the skin and offers support. It contains collagen that adds to the structure and firmness. FDA-approved fillers include Bellafill®
Autologous Fat Injections
These injections are available in the form of injectable filler. The treatment requires surgery. The results will last a lifetime. During the process, your fat is harvested from another part of the body through liposuction. The fat is purified and injected into the face to restore the lost volume in the temples, cheeks, and lower lids. These injections require specialized training to achieve great results. They should be done by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon only.
Choosing a Provider for Filler Treatments
When selecting a provider for injectable treatments, give your decision the same level of care and scrutiny that you would for a surgical procedure. Non-surgical filler treatment is still a medical procedure that requires specific training, knowledge, and skill to ensure safe treatment and natural-looking results. Choose a provider with extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, a well-developed aesthetic eye, agility, and precision.
Whomever you choose, make sure your provider has a proven background in cosmetic medicine and training and substantial experience performing filler injections. Ask to see before & after photos of a potential provider’s patients.
Which Filler will Work Best for Me?
There are many different kinds of injectable fillers available in the market. The quest to choose the best option for yourself without an expert’s guidance is impossible. Each product is formulated uniquely and different in texture, density, injection depth, and results. Other fillers will work differently for other beauty concerns and people. Hence, the best way to determine which filler will work best for you is to book a consultation with a highly experienced professional.
What to Expect from the Dermal Filler Administration?
Injectable Dermal fillers are non-surgical treatments and are typically done in an office setting. Your treatment will begin with a consultation. During the consultation, the service provider will check your face, discuss your treatment goals and give you a clear idea of what can and cannot be done with fillers.
During the pre-treatment consultation, your medical history will be evaluated. The provider will also inform you about the potential risk of the Injectable fillers. It is essential to let the service provider know about your allergies, medications, neurological conditions, and illnesses.
Before the treatment begins, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed to free it from any dirt and makeup. In some cases, a topical anesthetic is used to numb the skin and make the treatment more comfortable for you. Then the provider will inject the filler underneath the skin to get the desired results. You will notice an immediate difference in your face. However, it will take some time for the initial swelling to go down before you can witness the final results. You can immediately resume your daily activities post the treatment. However, stay clear of strenuous workouts for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment.
If you are getting fat injections, the procedure will be different. It is performed in a hospital setting on an outpatient basis. The surgeon will either complete the surgery under local or general anesthesia. The fat will be extracted from a part of your body with the help of liposuction. The fat is purified and injected into the treatment site. You will be asked to take a week or two off from work and follow all the instructions given by your surgeon during the recovery phase.
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