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Dermal Fillers – The Secret Weapon for Skin Rejuvenation

SD Cosmetic - Dermal Filler InfographicThe aging process changes our bodies in many ways, including the natural loss of subcutaneous fat in the face. This results in facial muscles working closer to the surface of the skin, which leads to smile lines and crow’s feet becoming more obvious.

There are several ways to handle wrinkles

You have numerous ways to handle these issues, including injectable wrinkle fillers that actually help your muscles relax, which reduces the appearance of lines and creases. There are numerous substances that can be used for this process, but the Restylane® filler is currently one of the most popular dermal fillers on the market – and with good reason.

Types of dermal fillers

When it comes to dermal fillers, you have options. There are a variety of different dermal fillers, all of which are appropriate for addressing different problem areas. It is important to be aware of all of the different face fillers for wrinkles so you and your doctor can choose the dermal filler that is right for you.

Hyaluronic Acid Wrinkle Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is the most popular type of dermal fillers, with each and every different filler providing different results. These injections help to stimulate the production of collagen, reducing the number of wrinkles and fine lines. An example of some hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are:

  • Restylane (L, Lift, Silk, Refyne & Defyne)
  • Juvederm (Voluma XC, XC, Ultra XC, Volbella XC)
  • HylaForm
  • Belotero Balance
  • Prevelle Silk

Synthetic Face Fillers for Wrinkles

A synthetic dermal filler is a man-made substance that is used to reduce wrinkles and signs of age. While other face fillers for wrinkles may contain some naturally occurring substance in the body, synthetic face fillers for wrinkles are completely lab-made substances. These more potent fillers may have longer-lasting effects than hyaluronic dermal fillers, offering what can be classified as “semi-permanent” solution to signs of aging. The danger with synthetic dermal fillers is since they are not naturally occurring in the body, they are more likely to cause side effects, including the possibility of disfigurement. Examples of synthetic dermal fillers include:

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  • Silicone
  • Radiesse
  • Sculptra
  • Bellafill

Collagen Dermal Fillers

Collagen is the original dermal filler, with the very first wrinkle treatment featuring collagen. While this natural substance works great in the short-term, unfortunately the benefits do not last and fade quickly, sometimes losing potency in under a month. While the brevity is a downside, many find collagen to be the most natural looking wrinkle filler on the market. Some popular collagen injections include:

  • Zyplast
  • Fibrel
  • Evolence
  • Cosmoderm
  • Zyderm

Autologous Dermal Fillers

Autologous dermal fillers are when fat is used to fill wrinkles and fine lines. A doctor will remove fat from problem areas throughout the body, including the buttocks, stomach or thighs. Autologous fillers require two separate procedures, one to remove the fat and a second procedure to inject the fat, but both procedures can be accomplished in one visit. This method of dermal fillers tend to last longer and are seen as semi-permanent.

How Restylane® is different than the rest

Though you’ll have many wrinkle filler options, there’s no question that Restylane® is different. Perlane, which is another name for Restylane®, is a hyaluronic acid filler, while other competing options are generally poly-L lactic acids. One of the main differences is that hyaluronic acid fillers can actually be reversed if needed.

Growing older isn’t the only thing affecting the way skin ages

As you’re searching for the right dermal rejuvenation treatment, remember that aging isn’t the only thing to consider. Your lifestyle can play a big part in your skin’s condition.

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your skin and can prematurely age you.

Excessive exposure to the sun can also make your skin age quicker if you don’t use sunscreen. Facial fillers can help with all of these factors, but be sure to take the necessary steps you can to improve your lifestyle.

Learn what dermal fillers can and can’t do

There are several issues for which you can use rejuvenation fillers. Restylane® lips will help plump thin lips, while Restylane® eyes help enhance the shallow contours around your eyes while softening creases and wrinkles. Often referred as a Restylane® lift, using dermal filler can also improve the look of recessed scars and is considered a great addition to any facial rejuvenation procedure.

There are some patients that will get the best results from an eyelift, brow lift, or total facelift. Non-surgical options simply can’t achieve the same level of results, but they are much less intrusive and more cost-effective.

Collagen is not the same thing as dermal filler

It’s common for people to immediately think of collagen when they think of wrinkle fillers, but collagen is actually an older treatment that’s not as widely used as it once was. While it can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, the main difference between collagen and a product like Restylane® is that Restylane® is injected much deeper into your folds and lasts as long as six to 12 months.

Collagen, on the other hand, is injected right below the surface of your skin. As it’s injected so close to your skin’s surface, it ends up getting absorbed very quickly into your tissues. Once it’s fully absorbed, your wrinkles will come back and another treatment is required.

There’s no allergy testing required for some dermal fillers

Whether or not you’ll need an allergy test before your procedure will depend on which dermal filler is used. For example, Restylane® is hypoallergenic and doesn’t require allergy testing, while other fillers do require a pre-treatment visit during which the doctor injects filler into test sites to ensure there’s no allergic reaction to it.

Regardless of the particular type of dermal filler you choose, it’s always a good idea to avoid products that can encourage bleeding and/or bruising or blood-thinning products. These include anti-inflammatory medicines, aspirin, and Vitamin E supplements.

After-treatment is minimal

Another advantage to dermal fillers is the fact that there’s almost no after-treatment care required. You don’t have to do anything special to take care of the injection site and your activity isn’t restricted at all.

You will need to visit with your doctor a few weeks after the treatment, and then come back in six months or a year to ensure you keep the results. This is a great non-invasive alternative to a facelift and is an effective way to look your very best.

San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic

At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, Dr. Parvin Mani has years of experience with dermal fillers, including Restylane®, and will consult with you on what would work best in your case. Please schedule a consultation today!

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