Are Dermal Fillers the Best Anti-Aging Solution?
- Medical Community - May 24th 2018
- General Public
How can dermal fillers help me?
The skin is very delicate, so taking care of it can be a constant struggle. Without the necessary skincare, your skin can age faster than expected. This leads to a loss of essential components that leave the skin dry, wrinkled, and dull. Dermal fillers are an extremely popular treatment for softening wrinkles and lines caused by aging and environmental stressors. These fillers are injected into the skin to help rejuvenate your appearance.
Dermal filler materials
Dermal fillers are made with materials that are absorbed completely by the body. They have a temporary effect and are made with substances such as hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite. They rejuvenate the skin by eliminating or reducing wrinkles, restoring soft-tissue volume loss, and restoring lost hydration. Different fillers can target specific areas for optimal results.
Hyaluronic acid (HA)
Hyaluronic acid is naturally made by the body. It is found in the joints, in the skin, and other areas in the body to help retain moisture and support essential proteins. The hyaluronic acid that is used in dermal fillers is harvested from rooster combs or bacteria. Depending on the filler used, the effects can last up to a few years.
Popular hyaluronic acid-based fillers include Restylane and Juvederm. Restylane is a biodegradable, non-animal hyaluronic acid-based gel. Restylane is injected to smooth facial wrinkles and folds or to add volume to the skin. These dermal fillers are made from a hyaluronic acid-based gel to temporarily correct facial folds and wrinkles. Juvederm fillers can help to correct a variety of skin concerns, from dehydration to deep-set wrinkles.
Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
This filler material works by stimulating the body’s own collagen production for longer lasting results.
Poly-L-lactic acid can also help stimulate neocollagenesis for improved results.
Where can I find a qualified injector?
It is imperative that you choose a qualified dermal filler injector for the procedure that you have chosen. Dermal filler injections require knowledge of facial anatomy and injection techniques. You can look for licensed injectors in your area. When you find someone, be sure to do your research and ask for before and after pictures of other patients they have worked with. By finding a qualified injector, you also reduce the risk of being injected with a fraudulent product or experiencing complications.
What filler should I choose?
There are various cosmetic injectables available on the market; therefore, you will need the guidance of an experienced surgeon to choose the option best for you. Each product has a different density, injection technique recommendation, and texture. Your injector will be able to explain which filler is best for your skin concerns and desired results.
If you are looking to start fighting signs of aging before they appear, you may want to consider mesotherapy treatments. These treatments are cocktails of vitamins and minerals that help keep your complexion bright and skin hydrated. They can also help to reduce fine lines caused by dryness. Filorga and Cytocare both offer safe and effective mesotherapy treatments. If your skin concerns are slightly more advanced, brands such as Belotero offer formulations that only give a mild plumping effect for superficial wrinkles.
Other popular brands include Radiesse, which is indicated for adding volume to the face and backs of the hands. Sculptra is also indicated for volume loss. As well, Botox is an alternative to fillers that can be used for dynamic wrinkles on the forehead. Discuss your options with your doctor prior to your procedure.
How old do I need to be to get dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers can be used by adult patients. It is best that you discuss the indications of various brands, as well as the contraindications, precautions, and side effects to determine which filler will be best for you.
Looking your best will only help boost your self-esteem. Dermal fillers help to keep your skin looking smooth and youthful. There are many options from different brands that help target various concerns, including thinning lips, smoker’s lines, and crow’s feet, to name a few. Discuss your options with your injector to help you rejuvenate your skin.
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