Fillers are injectable substances that are suspended within a gel.
After the injections, the patient will experience significant enhancement in facial skin volume and a reduction in lines and wrinkles. Injectable fillers are approved by the FDA as safe, minimally invasive anti-aging treatments. Some common brand names are Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse.
Fillers offer significant anti-aging results without the need for surgery that is sometimes costly and risky. Since filler injections do not require incisions, patient downtime is kept to an absolute minimum, and there are also fewer complications. Fillers are typically administered in under one hour, making them an extremely convenient anti-aging treatment.
Collagen is an extremely important component of healthy, youthful skin because of its ability to create structure and volume within skin tissue. Unfortunately, the aging process leads to a decline in collagen within the skin. The collagen also begins to break down more readily. This leads to skin that becomes thinner and more prone to the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
This aging process can be dramatically slowed down, or even reversed, with collagen fillers. These injections help to restore normal collagen levels within the facial skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid makes an ideal filler ingredient and is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments. Hyaluronic acid is a special substance that is produced by the body to add volume and hydration to skin tissue. It has the special ability to attract and bind many times its own weight in water molecules. Getting older leads to a gradual loss of hyaluronic acid production and a subsequent thinning and drying of the skin, which eventually results in the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
An injection with hyaluronic acid helps to reverse the loss of facial volume that causes lines and wrinkles. The skin will begin growing thicker and more hydrated, leading to a more youthful and vibrant appearance.
Fat Transfer Fillers
If the patient is older and overweight, a fat transfer filler is an effective way to deal with both problems at one time. This procedure simply involves a liposuction in one area of the body, typically the thighs or abdomen, for injection into areas of the face that have lost volume and developed wrinkles.
One of the advantages to undergoing a fat transfer filler is that there is an extremely low risk of an allergic response. This is because the patient’s body does not recognize the injected fat as a foreign substance.
Sculptra is a special type of filler containing injectable polylactic acid. After injection, Sculptra is gradually replaced by collagen, leading to a reduction of wrinkles and a more youthful appearance.
A typical Sculptra treatment involves several injections spaced several weeks apart. In between treatments, the patient is required to gently massage the treatment area to ensure even product distribution and avoid the development of lumps.