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Get Flawless with Fillers

By: Patti Rosol, RN
Topics: General
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As you age, your skin loses its youthful appearance as the production of natural support structures diminish causing wrinkles, loss of volume and lines. When thinking about smoothing out fine lines or adding volume beneath your skin, there are many options available that can produce a smooth and natural look. Oftentimes this can be achieved through the use of dermal fillers. But there are so many different types of dermal fillers; it’s hard to know what is best for you and where to even start.

Dermal fillers have been successfully injected for more than 30 years and according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, BOTOX® Cosmetic and soft tissue fillers are the two most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures. These injectable products allow for individualized treatment that gives you an instant natural-looking result.

To learn more about treating lines and wrinkles it is important to understand what FDA-approved solutions are available.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a sugar found in human skin that forms part of the matrix that holds skin cells together and is a component in collagen. With HA fillers you can replace lost HA caused by the natural aging process. Once injected, these products attract water like a sponge to fill and plump tissue. During your treatment the filler is injected under your skin to smooth out the moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. You'll be able to see the difference almost instantly.

Types of HA Fillers

  • Juvéderm® XC
    This product is the only FDA-approved HA filler that generally lasts up to one year with one treatment. With long-lasting Juvéderm® XC you can treat those parentheses lines on the sides of your nose and mouth, vertical lip lines, and even chin wrinkles. Only Juvéderm® XC has unique HYLACROSS technology which gives Juvéderm® XC its special smooth-gel consistency. You'll get a smooth, natural look and feel that holds up over time.
  • Juvéderm® Voluma XC
    This product is created specifically for the cheek area to instantly add volume lost to aging. This filler creates contour and a subtle lift giving you a more youthful profile with natural-looking results lasting generally up to two years. As you age your cheeks may lose volume and your skin may sag. This filler can make your cheeks and profile more youthful.
  • Belotero Balance®
    This dermal filler has a unique manufacturing process that offers a soft, cohesive gel which is able to fill in your wrinkles for results that are even, smooth and almost immediate. This filler is perfect for fine lines around the mouth which is a problem area for many people.

Calcium Hydroxylpatite Fillers

This filler is made of tiny calcium-based microspheres which are suspended in a natural water-based gel. These calcium-based microspheres are similar to minerals found naturally in your body. Over time, your body absorbs these tiny microspheres and the gel, leaving behind only your natural collagen. 

  • Radiesse®
    Radiesse® is FDA-approved for sub-dermal implantation for the correction of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds, such as smile lines (nasolabial folds). Radiesse® can be mixed with the anesthetic lidocaine to reduce treatment-related pain. This filler creates natural-looking results that can generally last for a year or more.

As you can see, there are many dermal filler options available to correct wrinkles, enhance your cheeks, or fill in fine lines around your mouth. When speaking to your provider, talk about what you are hoping to achieve and they will recommend the product that will best meet your needs.

To schedule a complimentary consultation or appointment to discuss your options, please call 630-348-3000.