Injectable fillers are used to help restore volume in the skin. With age, your skin loses collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid by producing these substances at slower rates. Many dermal fillers feature natural ingredients to replenish the skin’s supply and restore a youthful look. Injectable fillers have also been used to correct acne scars, make thin lips fuller, and make the areas under the eyes less dark or puffy.
The most commonly used substance in injectable fillers is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found throughout your body, and it provides the skin elasticity, volume and hydration. Hyaluronic acid attracts water and gives your skin a hydrated, bold appearance. However, our body also produces an enzyme that breaks down the hyaluronic acid. We are constantly building hyaluronic acid and then breaking it down, which is why injectable fillers do not last forever.
Injectable fillers containing hyaluronic acid are injected into the thick part of the skin, called the dermis. This places the filler in a tight compartment and attracts water, making the skin fuller and more rigid. Think of the filler like the rebars that are added to concrete to maintain its strength and shape. Injectable fillers provide the skin with little beams of support to add firmness.
Types Of Injectable Fillers
Restylane and Juvéderm are safe and natural cosmetic dermal fillers that restore fullness and volume to the skin. The most commonly filled areas include the frown line, hollows of the eyes, lips, and nasolabial folds. Both Restylane and Juvéderm are composed of hyaluronic acid which is found naturally in the human body. You can expect results to last anywhere from 6-12 months. There may be mild swelling and bruising at the injection sites but makeup may be applied 4 hours after treatment.
Juvéderm XC happens to be the first and only non-surgical hyaluronic acid (HA) filler FDA-approved to instantly smooth moderate to severe wrinkles around your mouth and nose for up to one year with optimal treatment.
- Smile Lines
- Vertical Lip Lines
- Corner Lines
- Marionette Lines
It is not just about lines and wrinkles as you age. Your cheeks can lose volume and skin may begin to sag. Juvéderm Voluma XC is the first and only FDA-approved injectable gel to instantly add volume to your cheek area to correct age-related volume loss in adults over the age of 21. It can provide you contour and a subtle lift for up to two years with optimal treatment.
For most patients, injectable fillers do not require any significant downtime. Results of injectable fillers are immediate and most patients can go back to resuming their normal activities right away. It is possible, however, that you may experience temporary tenderness, puffiness or slight bruising at the injection sites which can be treated with ice and disguised with makeup.
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