Did you know that volume loss is responsible for many obvious indicators of aging? As facial tissues weaken, wrinkles form around the nose and lips, and the cheeks seem hollow. Dermal fillers can help smooth wrinkles, plump the lips, and restore a more youthful look by replacing lost volume. Learn all about injectable filler treatments below.
What are Injectable Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected under the skin to restore lost volume, smooth wrinkles and soften creases, or improve face features. This popular facial rejuvenation therapy is chosen by over 1 million men and women each year, and it may be a cost-effective method to appear younger without surgery or downtime.
How Can Dermal Fillers Enhance My Appearance?
Dermal fillers are a cosmetic treatment that can help enhance the appearance of your face by adding volume, smoothing out wrinkles, and restoring youthful contours. Some of the specific ways that dermal fillers can enhance your appearance include:
- Plumping up thin lips: Fillers can be used to add fullness to your lips and create a more voluminous, youthful appearance.
- Filling in deep wrinkles: Deep wrinkles, such as those around the mouth and nose, can be filled in with dermal fillers to create a smoother, more youthful appearance.
- Restoring facial volume: As we age, our faces naturally lose volume and become less full. Fillers can be used to restore volume to the cheeks, temples, and other areas of the face to create a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
- Contouring the face: Fillers can be used to create or enhance facial contours, such as the cheekbones and jawline, to give the face a more sculpted, defined appearance.
- Reducing the appearance of dark circles: In some cases, fillers can be used to reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes by adding volume to the tear trough area.
What are Fillers Made With?
A variety of FDA-approved filler solutions are used by doctors. In general, fillers are classified by the material from which they are manufactured. A reminder for your safety: only get FDA-approved, brand-name fillers from a licensed physician, such as a board-certified aesthetic medicine specialist.
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 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 XC
- Restylane Silk
- Restylane Lyft
- Restylane Refyne
- Restylane Defyne
- Restylane Kysse
- Restylane Contour
- RHA 2
- RHA 3
- RHA 4
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is a type of dermal filler used in cosmetic procedures to add volume and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. It is a synthetic form of the naturally occurring mineral hydroxyapatite, which is a component of human bones and teeth.
In cosmetic procedures, CaHA is injected into the deep dermis or subcutaneous tissue, where it acts as a scaffold to support the skin’s structure and stimulate the production of collagen. This results in improved skin texture, increased volume, and a more youthful appearance.
CaHA is considered a safe and effective dermal filler and has been used in cosmetic procedures for many years. It is biocompatible and biodegradable, which means that it can be broken down by the body over time. FDA approved CaHA fillers include Radiesse®.
Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is a synthetic, biodegradable polymer that is used as a dermal filler in cosmetic procedures. It is a type of injectable filler that is used to add volume to the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and enhance facial contours.
PLLA is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment that can be performed in a doctor’s office. The material is injected into the skin using a fine needle, and it works by stimulating the production of collagen, a protein that provides structure and support to the skin. This results in a gradual improvement in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines over time, as well as an overall improvement in skin texture and volume.
FDA approved Poly-L-lactic acid fillers include Sculptra® Aesthetic.
Autologous fat injections (facial fat grafting)
Autologous fat injections are re-injected to enhance facial fullness, fill creases or build up shallow contours especially in the cheeks and temple area. It is also used to smooth thinning lips and erase under-eye bags and dark circles. When a facial fat grafting procedure is performed, fat is moved to the face from another part of the body.
The procedure may also be called autologous fat transfer or AFT, autologous fat grafting, micro-lipoinjection, facial fat rejuvenation, or nanofat injection or lipofilling. It is less expensive than fillers in the long run because results can last for many years or be permanent. It is simple, safe, and done while awake in an office setting.
Which filler do I need?
Without the assistance of a skilled doctor, it may be difficult to choose which dermal filler product is ideal for you, since there are so many on the market. Each product is specially developed to have a distinct texture, density, and injection depth, which implies that some fillers are more effective for certain problem areas. While your provider will pick which product is ideal for you, the figure below demonstrates where cosmetic surgeons often apply specific products.
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