In an age where science can create such incredible miracles, a person unsatisfied with their “natural” bodies have many options, some of which will make drastic changes to how they look. Many people want to change something very specific; and just as many want to do it with the least evasive procedure possible and receive the most natural looking outcome. These days more patients are opting for non-surgical treatments that can help improve appearance. While these are not permanent alterations, they often provide the desired changes one is looking for. Over 2 million of these procedures used soft tissue fillers.
What is the benefit of using dermal fillers other than avoiding the recovery time associated with surgery? Utilizing injectable fillers provides a minimally invasive non-permanent treatment that adds volume and smoothness to the skin. Some fillers such as Restylane are quite preferred for under eye treatment to all other fillers because it can be molded to the desired shape and adjusted if there are any lumps or bumps following the procedure. Most impressive is that the filler is composed of a sugar gel that occurs naturally, is extremely well tolerated and lasts in many patients a year or more. Restylane is the trade name for a range of injectable fillers with a specific formulation of non-animal sourced hyaluronic acid.
What are the Different Fillers Used?
Restylane was the first stabilized hyaluronic acid filler on the market and reportedly has been used in over 11 million treatments worldwide (2010). In the United States, Restylane was the first hyaluronic acid filler to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for cosmetic injection into sub dermal facial tissues. Deepfill™ Restylane® was developed by world-renowned eyelid plastic surgeon Kenneth D. Steinsapir, M.D., who is one of a select few in the world who is a board certified ophthalmologist, fellowship trained in both cosmetic and eye plastic surgery and elected as a Fellow to the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
In addition to the Restylane injectable fillers, there a number of other key non-surgical dermal fillers.
Dermal Fillers is an overall term given to wrinkle removing injections. In the past 3 years in particular, a number of advanced dermal fillers have hit the aesthetic market. Probably one of the most well known filler is made from refined botulism toxin; Botox has proven to be extremely successful at smoothing fine lines and wrinkles of the forehead and eyes. This dermal filler works by relaxing over-worked muscles, causing the skin covering these areas to smooth out. This is fantastic for the eyes.
BOTOX does not last as long as Restylane and cannot be used for lines around the mouth. Made with the same ingredients as Restylane, Perlane has a higher concentration of hyaluronic and more effective for deeper lines around the eyes. It is also an effective lip enhancer. CosmoPlast™, made of natural collagen, is especially good at treatment of deep lines around the eyes, forehead and mouth.
Radiance and Radiesse are both made from material found naturally in your bones and teeth. While both treat the same areas as all of the other injectable fillers already mentioned, the major difference with these two fillers is that they have the potential to last between 2-5 years! This is might be a good option for the seasoned augmenter.
Unlike the use of surgical procedures, most injectors inject the filler with a small needle under the skin and use numbing creams or injections to decrease pain. This is done as an outpatient procedure and there is no recovery time needed with most fillers. Some of the longer lasting fillers can cause soreness at the injection site or a headache, but should not last for longer than a day. Most side effects of dermal fillers are minor but include redness at the injection site, swelling, and minor bruising.
Other than the less invasive approach to fillers, one of the other benefits is the many uses of dermal fillers. They can be used to smooth facial wrinkles; restore shape and volume to cheeks; fill furrows or deep lines in the lower face; correct hollowness or shadows under the eyes; enhance or smooth the lines around the lips; lift depressed scars and shape the nose. But probably the greatest benefit is how it makes the patient feel – renewed and more confident.
This article was written by Jamie Moore, who works for a renown cosmetic surgery clinic and knows all about fillers.