Everybody wants to look young for a long time but that’s not technically possible, until dermal fillers come along. Dermal fillers are products that offer aesthetic soft tissue augmentation. It helps a person’s skin to stay healthy and remain youthful for a specific period of time.
As a person ages, skin collagen breaks down. This means loss of facial volume and elasticity, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles. In order to correct such problem, dermatologists recommend the use of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers used for aesthetics don’t just restore the lost radiance of the skin; it can also do a lot more like plump the lips, accentuate cheekbones, remove dark circles or lines, and more.
What’s so great about dermal fillers is that they don’t require surgery, which also means no downtime for you. The first dermal filler was introduced in 1981 and since then, these aesthetic products have evolved so much. Newer dermal fillers are safer, more tolerable, and work longer. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers have long replaced the early bovine collagen, which plays an essential part in tissue growth and wound healing.
Additionally, the use of dermal fillers is way better and less expensive than facial surgical procedures. There two types of fillers available, biodegradable and permanent dermal fillers. Biodegradable fillers are relatively short-lived because they are absorbed by the body over time. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most popular types of biodegradable filler these days, and its effects usually last for 6 to 18 months.
Although permanent fillers seem to be the better choice, they are not as popular because they don’t have the capacity to adjust to the natural changes on the skin and bones as a person advances in age. As a result, the face may look distorted or disturbed after a period of time. Between permanent and biodegradable fillers, complications may also be more pronounced and persistent in the former.
There are many types of HA fillers used today and these are Restylane, Juvederm, and the much newer Belotero Balance. All of these were approved by the FDA in 2003, 2006, and 2011 respectively. Botox injections are quite popular too, although they use botulinum toxin instead of hyaluronic acid. It also works differently. Botox injections don’t fill the skin. They block nerve pulses once injected into the muscles to reduce the activity that causes persistent lines forming in the face. Botox was approved by the FDA in 2002.
Consult with an expert dermatologist to know which of the newest dermal fillers or anti-aging methods will work for you. The right aesthetic treatment for you will depend on how the substance will work with your facial anatomy. Additionally, proper application techniques have to be carried out in order to avoid the common pitfalls of using dermal products. Although non-surgical in nature, a licensed dermatologist should perform the procedure in order to prevent any long-standing effect on your skin and overall appearance. A series of consultations prior to the actual procedure may be necessary.