Types of Fillers
Monday, March 5, 2012
Fillers – A Solution to Look Younger Without Surgey
One of the hallmarks of an aging face is loss of subcutaneous volume. This gives rise to hollow cheeks, sunken temples, thinner lips and deeper nasolabial folds (laugh lines). Fortunately, there is a non-invasive way to combat these changes effectively - with fillers.
A combination of aging and sunlight exposure causes our skin to lose collagen and resulting in a wrinkled, sunken appearance. The effect is like a fruit drying up.
Types of Fillers
There are many types of fillers in the market. Commonly used fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm, Teosyal and Restylane) and poly-L-lactic acid fillers (Sculptra). The main difference is that after injection, hyaluronic acid fillers can last from 3 to 8 months and results are visible immediately while poly-L-lactic acid fillers last up to 2 years but results are gradually visible over weeks to months.
How do Fillers Work?
Collagen production decreases as we get older and after excessive sunlight exposure. Fillers are injected underneath the skin to plump it up from inside out. The filler material replaces lost collagen. In the case of Sculptra, the filler material actually stimulates collagen synthesis. Areas that are commonly enhanced with fillers for anti-aging purposes include cheeks, nasolabial folds (laugh lines), temples, lips, Marionette lines (frown lines at the mouth corners) and tear troughs (sunken under eye areas).
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Hyaluronic acid fillers can be used to flatten out nasolabial folds (laugh lines), plump up thin lips and fill up Marionette lines (frown lines at the mouth corners)
What are the Possible Side Effects from Fillers?
Filler injection is a safe procedure with mostly temporary side effects if performed by a qualified and experienced doctor. The possible side effects are lumpiness, swelling, bruising and rarely infection and scarring.
Combination Treatment for the Best Results
Fillers are commonly combined with Botox, chemical peels and aesthetic lasers to delay aging from a multidimensional approach. Fillers are administered to restore lost volume, Botox relaxes wrinkles while lasers and chemical peels resurface the skin to improve texture and lighten unwanted pigmentation.