A Beginner’s Guide to Cosmetic Fillers

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Medical Spa experts of Doral, Florida share information on fillers, a popular wrinkle treatment.

Get the 411 on This Popular Cosmetic Procedure

Everyone admires soft, youthful skin. Unfortunately, people also know that the full youthful looks they may have or may once have had do not last under normal circumstances. The search for the fountain of youth has been an age-old refrain.

You may think that retaining a youthful appearance will involve painful and invasive medical procedures that can cause permanent damage, but this is not true. Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that can show immediate results with little discomfort.

The Basic Science and Technology Behind Dermal Fillers 

What exactly are dermal fillers? They are biochemical compounds that are injected underneath the skin to fill out wrinkles and reduce the appearance of scars. Several different types of products can be used on various parts of the body, typically the face and hands.  

They are not just to reduce the appearance of aging but can also reduce acne scarring and other scars. The compounds that are typically found in these fillers are explained in the bulleted list below. These ingredients are found in various fillers, but not all in one filler.

The most common ingredient is hyaluronic acid.

  • Hyaluronic Acid: This is a naturally occurring substance found in the body. It is a lubricant in joints and can be a cushion for other tissues. This makes it a natural choice for bringing a fuller look to cheeks as well as around the mouth. It can be used alone or in combination with other compounds.
  • Lidocaine: This is a local anesthetic used to reduce the pain of the injection. This is a very common additive to fillers.
  • Phosphate Buffered Saline: This water and salt solution is a buffer for certain dermal fillers particularly those under the brand name Restylane.
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite:  This chemical boosts the body’s natural collagen production, helping to smooth wrinkles and retain and strengthen skin elasticity.
  • Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose: This is a thickening agent and is hydrophilic, readily absorbing water, adding to skin fullness. This ingredient is used in fillers that are designed for heavier folds and more severe wrinkles.
  • Bovine Collagen: Collagen is obviously something the body produces and takes from food sources for joints and skin. This natural bovine collagen is used to help stimulate further production and simulate natural results.
  • Polymethylmethacrylate Microspheres: Heat-resistant polymer spheres that help the dermal fillers in larger spaces such as severe acne scars. It provides structure to the injectable. 
  • Poly-L-lactic acid: This is also a stimulant for collagen production and helps rejuvenate skin that is sagging.
  • Non-Pyrogenic Mannitol: This substance is an additive for some injections.

Where on the Body Are Fillers Used?

There are several locations on the body where dermal fillers can be used. They are typically used where the signs of aging are most visible. The lines around the mouth and eyes and the hollows of the cheeks are popular locations for fillers.

The chin, jawline, and neck are also areas that can benefit from these injections. The hands also benefit from certain types of injections. 

Are Treatments Long-Lasting?

As with any cosmetic procedure, results may vary from individual to individual. The most popular dermal fillers that use hyaluronic acid last around 6 to 12 months. Some of the dermal fillers that have more structure tend to last longer, some lasting 2 years, some more than 5. 

Various Types of Fillers

There are many different brands and types of fillers. It is best to discuss what to use with a qualified medical professional. Different brands carry different ingredients and are likely to have different results.

A few of the most well-known names in dermal fillers are Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra, and Belotero.

Quick Notes On Preparing for Treatment and Post-Treatment Care

Even though dermal fillers are a simple outpatient treatment, a patient is required to prepare for  the treatment and to be prepared for the recovery period. Patients should avoid alcohol and blood thinners prior to the procedure as this can worsen bruising. They should also reschedule if they are ill.

Some of the post-procedure protocols include the following:

  • Bruising, swelling, and tenderness may occur at the injection site. 
  • Avoid heavy exercise for 24 hours.
  • Ice can be used on injection sites for 10 minutes at a time. No massage or manipulation.
  • Avoid heat for a day or two.
  • Apply no moisturizers, cleansers, or cosmetics to the area for 24 hours.

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