07 Nov Dermal Fillers – A Liquid Facelift
Injectable dermal fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed worldwide. Also, known as the “liquid facelift,” these fillers are an excellent non-surgical option for people who are seeking a more youthful appearance with quick results, no downtime, and no going under the knife.
As we age, volume is lost in key areas of our face, like our cheeks, temples, lips and under eyes. This results in loose, sagging skin and a tired or sad appearance. The aim of dermal fillers is to replace this lost volume, re-contour facial features and “lift” the face back into place. These dermal fillers are often combined with neuromodulators, like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, which help to reduce lines and wrinkles, also pesky signs of ageing.
There are a variety of different dermal fillers, each with their own purpose, and designed for use on specific parts of the face. It is important that you see a board certified dermatologist to determine which filler is best for your needs, as these dermal fillers are not interchangeable, and using the incorrect filler or the wrong injection technique can give less desirable results.
Here’s a breakdown of the dermal fillers most commonly used in the United States:
The Juvederm family of fillers is made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that binds with collagen and elastin in the skin, to keep it plump, firm and youthful. As a dermal filler, it is used to fill and smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, and it is available in modified versions which are useful for adding volume to lift and contour different parts of the face, such as the cheeks, lips and sunken areas below the eyes.
Like Juvederm, the Restylane family of fillers is also made from hyaluronic acid, and is most often used for moderate lines and wrinkles on the face, and volume loss in the cheeks and lips.
Unlike Restylane and Juvederm, Radiesse is made from calcium microspeheres suspended in a gel formulation. Because Radiesse stimulates tissue regeneration and collagen production, the effects are both immediate volume replacement, as well as continued improvement over time.
Belotero Balance is an injectable dermal filler with hyaluronic acid as the active ingredient. Belotero is a soft cohesive gel, and when injected into the skin it immediately fills and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles. This versatile product can be used both in etched-in smile lines around the nose and mouth, and in delicate areas like below the eyes.
Sculptra is a long acting filler, that can last for 2 years or more, and is most often used for severe fat or volume loss in the face. This severe volume loss can appear as sunken cheeks and temples, and hollow eyes. The active component of Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid. While Sculptra does gives immediate results, it also stimulates collagen production, so results continue to improve over a few months.
What are the side effects of Dermal Fillers?
As with all procedures, dermal fillers come with potential side effects, such as redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness and small bumps on the skin. These are usually temporary and most disappear within a few days. Rarely, more serious side effects requiring early management can occur. It is important that you see a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has expert training in both the injection of dermal fillers and the management of all potential unwanted complications.
If you’re interested in learning more about dermal fillers and if they’re right for you, please visit us at Eternal Dermatology and Aesthetics!