Cosmetic Procedures: Injectables and Fillers

Injectable fillers may be one of the greatest advancements in the cosmetic industry, and the last few years have seen an explosion in the technology of cosmetic injectable filler treatments.

As we all wish to maintain a youthful, glowing appearance, cosmetic injectables are a safe way to fill wrinkles without surgery. Injectable fillers improve hollows that occur with aging, as well as augment cheeks, raise eyebrows and fill in dark circles.

Types of injectable fillers:

Restylane is a naturally-safe cosmetic filler that is commonly used to fill moderate to severe wrinkles or folds (such as lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth), as well as add volume to the skin around the mouth. It is also used to fill wrinkles surrounding the lips and in depressions beneath the eyes. At present, Restylane has been approved by the FDA for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years of age. As an injectable filler treatment, Restylane lasts approximately 5-7 months.

Sculptra is a cosmetic injectable filler composed of poly-L-lactic acid, and absorbable material that gives you a more natural-looking appearance over time. Sculptra became FDA-approved for the treatment of hollowing or thinning of the face secondary to medical illness. Sculptra targets the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging - working deep in the dermis, where the structure of the skin is reinforced. As the cosmetic filler degrades, a collagen response gradually restores the look of fullness in the face. A course of three Sculptra injections (over a few months) can create an effect that lasts up to two years. This takes weeks to months to see the full effect of the product.

Juvederm is a cosmetic filler formulated with and without lidocaine, a common anesthetic, to provide a more comfortable experience during and after treatment. It provides the smooth, natural-looking results you expect, with the improved comfort you want. This dermal filler is largely used in the areas around the mouth as well as in the lips. It is marketed to last 6-9 months.

Radiesse is a cosmetic filler composed of calcium hydroxylapatite, a natural, long-lasting injectable filler that can augment the cheeks, fill in deep wrinkles and slightly upturn the corners of the mouth in aging patients. This filler is used in many different areas of the face and provides patients with a soft, natural result that can be expected to last abpproximately 6 months.

Perlane is a dermal cosmetic filler composed of a natural substance called hyaluronic acid that can be used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles. This filler is often used to "fine tune" areas of concern. Made by the same manufacturer as Restylane, this filler typically lasts 6-9 months in most patients.

Belotero is a dermal filler that has a unique manufacturing process that offers a soft, cohesive gel that is able to fill your wrinkles for results that are even, smooth and immediate. It is used to plump the skin, filling out your wrinkles and folds. Most patients see results that last 6 months or more.


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