If you’ve been concerned about the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, an inevitable part of the aging process, then you might want to learn more about how facial fillers can help. Fillers (also known as Dermal fillers or Injectable fillers) are a minimally-invasive, extremely safe way to rewind the clock and, because the results aren’t permanent, they allow you freedom to decide whether or not it is the right solution for you without a long-term commitment. For this reason they are a popular first step for those wanting to reverse some of the signs of aging without undergoing surgery. Injectable fillers, not to be confused with injectable botulinum toxins such as Botox and Dysport (which paralyze the facial muscles), are designed to smooth lines and wrinkles and restore volume to the face.
What are injectable fillers?
Injectable fillers, often called dermal fillers, are widely available throughout Peoria, AZ and are the best way to reduce the appearance of facial lines, as well as restoring volume to areas of the face where there has been fat loss. This loss of subcutaneous fat is part of the natural aging process and brings the muscles of the face closer to the surface of the skin, making crow’s feet and smile lines much more apparent. Added to the loss of facial volume is stretching of the skin as well as other factors such as lifestyle, and sun damage.
Dermal fillers can address a number of these concerns, specifically:
Dermal fillers should be seen as a minimally invasive intervention to help mitigate the early signs of aging, and can be performed alongside other facial rejuvenation procedures. These soft tissue fillers can achieve excellent results and can delay the need for a facelift.
It is important to remember that they are temporary treatments and will need to be done regularly to maintain the effects. There are other procedures that should be considered if patients are looking for longer-lasting results such as a brow lift, eye lift, or facelift.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Injectable Fillers
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked injectable filler questions in Peoria, AZ:
What are the different types of facial fillers?
There are a number of different types of fillers which are generally categorized according to their ingredients as hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, Poly-L lactic acid and polymethylmethacrylate, and fat injections.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin, helping it stay plump and hydrated. Fillers that use hyaluronic acid are usually soft and gel-like and offer temporary results that last between six and twelve months, after which time the body naturally absorbs the fillers. The most popular types include Juvéderm, Restylane, and Belotero Balance.
Juvéderm dermal filler products target different areas of the face, and the results can be seen immediately after treatment:
The Restylane filler range contains different products designed to target specific areas; the results typically take a couple of days to show:
This is used for delicate areas such as under the eyes as well as to fill fine lines in the face and neck. You can expect results to last around six months.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
Calcium Hydroxylapatite also occurs naturally in the body, primarily in our teeth and bones. The calcium particles are microscopically ground then suspended in a smooth gel. The consistency of the filler is thicker than hyaluronic fillers and tends to offer longer-lasting results. It stimulates the natural production of collagen and is most frequently used to smooth deeper lines and wrinkles. Radiesse® is the most well-known brand of CaHA filler and lasts upwards of a year. It offers the higher “liftability” compared to other fillers, which is why it is often used to augment jawlines and cheekbones.
This is a biodegradable synthetic substance that has been used for many years for medical applications such as synthetic stitches and is classified as a “collagen stimulator”. These fillers help your body to rebuild natural collagen, while the filler gel itself dissolves within a few days. Poly-L-lactic acid fillers are used for deeper wrinkles, and the results can last upwards of two years. Sculptra® Aesthetic is a well-known FDA-approved poly-l-lactic acid product
This synthetic biocompatible compound has been used in medicine for close on a hundred years. As a dermal filler, PMMA is used in the form of a microsphere that remains below the skin to provide support. The fillers also contain collagen to offer structure and firmness.
The most commonly used PMMA filler is Bellafill®, which is made from a combination of bovine collagen and microspheres. It’s longer-lasting than HA fillers, although it can cause allergic reactions in some patients.
Facial Fat Transfer
Also called autologous fat injections or facial fat grafting, this is the only form of filler injections that requires surgery. In this process, your own fat is harvested, usually through liposuction, then purified and injected into the face. The fillers are used to restore volume to areas of the face, including temples, cheeks, and lower eyelids, as well as for pitted facial scars and to fill in nasolabial folds. These fillers have a downtime of around a week, and the treatment can take up to two hours.
What can you expect from your appointment?
Before the treatment, you will meet with your doctor to discuss your goals, as well as any concerns. They will then evaluate the area and take a full medical history.
During the treatment, the treatment area will be cleaned, and a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the area. Many of the different dermal fillers contain lidocaine, a mild anesthetic designed to minimize discomfort during and after your treatment. The doctor will inject small amounts of filler strategically under the skin, and you should notice the results immediately after.
The entire procedure takes around fifteen minutes, with the exception of fat filler injections, which take around two hours.
How long do injectable fillers last?
This depends on the type of dermal filler, with some lasting between six and twelve months, and others lasting a couple of years. With most facial fillers, even after the effects of the fillers have ended, there will still be some anti-aging benefits as most contain hyaluronic acid, which helps in the production of elastin and collagen.
Are facial fillers safe?
Dermal fillers are considered to be safe, and severe complications from fillers are uncommon. There are sometimes side effects such as bruising, redness, pain, swelling, and itching. In some cases, there may be skin rashes, infections, discoloration or pigmentation, and lumps.
Do fillers boost collagen production?
Hyaluronic acid fillers stimulate the production of collagen as they work to stretch fibroblast cells that are responsible for the production of collagen. So, not only do dermal fillers produce immediate results, but they also contribute to the creation of thicker, more youthful-looking skin.
How long does it take to see the full effects of facial fillers?
While the visible results of dermal fillers are instant and you can see results immediately, it can take up to four weeks to see the full results. This is because the filler takes time to integrate into the facial tissue, with some types being more cohesive than others. Injectables will usually cause some initial swelling and sometimes bruising may be visible for up to two weeks after the injection.
How can you get the most from your injectable fillers?
It’s a good idea to hydrate well before and after the treatment as the hyaluronic acid contained in most fillers binds with water. Your skin is the last organ that receives water, so hydration, over and above your regular water consumption, will have an effect on the results.
After fillers, patients should be gentle when cleansing and caring for their face. For the first two weeks after treatment, patients should avoid facials, waxing, laser, and high temperatures such would be experienced in a sauna or steam room. Also, exercise should be avoided for 24 hours.
Do Botox and dermal fillers work together?
Botox and other neurotoxins relax muscle activity at the site of the injection, reducing the formation of lines and wrinkles such as crow’s feet and frown lines. Dermal fillers are different in that the fillers the existing wrinkles and lines, softening their appearance. They complement each other as each works on different types of wrinkles; Botox relaxes dynamic wrinkles which are caused by facial movements, while dermal fillers smooth static wrinkles and restore lost volume. The combination allows you to address multiple areas of the face, and they work together as the Botox relaxes the muscle movements, which means the hyaluronic acid fillers break down slower.
Please note that there are specific laws that govern the use of facial fillers in Peoria, AZ, so it’s important to work with a doctor who has the right qualifications, meets the state’s medical requirements, and has years of experience in injectable filler procedures.