Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. More than 1 million men and women annually choose this popular facial rejuvenation treatment, which can be a cost-effective way to look younger without surgery or downtime.
How Can Dermal Fillers Enhance My Appearance?
While dermal fillers are casually known as “wrinkle fillers,” they can do much more than just smooth out wrinkles, although they are excellent at this too! Here are a few of the common issues dermal fillers can help address:
- Smooth out lines around nose and mouth
- Enhance and restore volume to sunken eyes, cheeks or temples
- Diminish vertical lip lines
- Plump and enhance the lips
- Smooth out a chin crease
- Improve symmetry among facial features
What Are Fillers Made With?
There are a variety of FDA approved filler products that plastic surgeons use. In general, fillers are categorized by the substance they are made from.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, lasting 6 to 12 months 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:
- Revanesse Versa
Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA)
Calcium hydroxyapatite is also a naturally occurring substance, found primarily in our bones. When used in a filler, the calcium particles are nearly white microscopic and suspended in a smooth gel. The consistency of a CaHA filler is typically thicker than that of a hyaluronic acid filler and typically last longer as well, about 12 months for most patients. Calcium hydroxyapatite is also reported to help stimulate natural collagen production, and it is typically used for deeper lines and wrinkles. This white gel is an excellent choice to reduce the appearance of the dark circles under the eyes. FDA approved CaHA fillers include:
Poly-L-lactic acid is a biocompatible (meaning it is safe to use in the body), biodegradable synthetic substance. It has been used for many years in medical devices, such as dissolvable stitches. Poly-L-lactic acid products are technically classified as “collagen stimulators” as their main mechanism to smooth fine lines is by helping your skin rebuild natural collagen—the filler gel itself dissipates a few days after treatment. Poly-L-lactic acid is typically used to restore volume throughout the face , and results can last more than 2 years. FDA approved Poly-L-lactic acid fillers include:
Choosing a Provider for Filler Treatments
When selecting a plastic surgeon 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 substantial training, knowledge and skill to ensure safe treatment and natural-looking results. Choose a plastic surgeon who has a proven background in cosmetic plastic surgery as well as training and substantial experience performing filler injections.
Which Filler Do I Need?
With so many dermal filler products on the market, it can be difficult to know which option is best for you without an experienced cosmetic surgeon’s guidance. Each product is uniquely formulated to have a certain texture, density, and injection depth, which means that certain fillers work better for certain areas of concern. During your consultation, Dr. Ahmadi will analyze your face to recommend the fillers that are most suitable for your rejuvenation.
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