Which Fillers Are Right for Me? Your Complete Guide to Dermal Fillers.

Dermal fillers are surging in popularity right now among those looking for minimally invasive anti-aging treatments for the face. Last year, over 7 million injectable treatments were performed. Many were performed on women, although men are increasingly getting these types of treatments due to the loss of stigma associated with cosmetic procedures among men lately.

When it comes to fillers, you have a dizzying array of choices available to you. There are quite a few different factors to consider when deciding upon what type of dermal filler is best for you and your unique needs and goals. We put together this guide so that you would have some solid information to base your decision upon.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a type of minimally invasive anti-aging treatment that are delivered via injection to reduce common signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Most of them work by addressing a loss of facial skin volume or by encouraging your own body to produce substances that lead to the same effect.

Fillers offer a cost-effective solution of wrinkle reduction for those who don’t need such drastic procedures as a face lift or other forms of surgery. This type of fast and convenient treatment can reduce wrinkles or prevent their early formation. Most of them offer immediate results that are very gratifying to patients.

What causes facial aging?

As a prominent part of your body, your face is out there and exposed to the elements, making it more vulnerable to signs of skin aging that can give away your age or even make you appear older then you actually are.

UV radiation causes most of the problems with skin blemishes and discoloration. This type of facial aging can be addressed by procedures like lasers and chemical peels.

The part of facial aging addressed by dermal fillers is the loss of facial volume caused by a breakdown of skin components like collagen and elastin. Your body produces these special substances in sufficient amounts when you are young; getting older leads to a loss of production in these materials and a corresponding loss of skin volume. The result is the steady encroachment of fine lines and wrinkles that deepens over the years.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid plays an important dual role in the skin as both a powerful moisturizer and skin thickener. Like collagen and elastin, your body produces hyaluronic acid in abundance when you are young. The aging process leads to a gradual depletion of this vital substance, whose purpose is to attract moisture into skin cells and soft tissues. Hyaluronic acid has the incredible ability to attract and bind many times more water molecules than it weighs itself.

Naturally, the age-related loss of hyaluronic acid leads to skin that is drier and thinner, making it more susceptible to the development of lines and wrinkles that are the telltale signs of aging. Dermal fillers often contain hyaluronic acid as the main ingredient, leading to a hydrating and thickening effect to help minimize wrinkles.

Restylane Fillers

Restylane is a type of hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is very popular right now among those seeking to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. The hyaluronic acid also acts as a type of internal moisturizer to soften and hydrate the skin.

Juvederm Fillers

Juvederm fillers are an entire product line designed to work on every area of the face and lips. The active ingredient is hyaluronic acid combined with lidocaine to ensure patient comfort during the filler procedure. Lidocaine is a safe anesthetic found in every hospital in the United States.

Sculptra

Polylactic acid is the active ingredient in Sculptra dermal fillers. This is a lab-created substance similar to a natural substance found in the body called lactic acid. After injection, your body replaces the Sculptra product with freshly produced collagen to thicken your skin and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Patients respond best to Sculptra when they have several treatment sessions delivered a few weeks apart. Like all dermal fillers, Sculptra will eventually be broken down by your body, and follow-up treatments will be needed at that time for the maintenance of results.

Your Filler Results

Patients love dermal fillers because they offer immediate results in one fast and convenient treatment. In fact, many patients elect to have their injections during lunch time and are able to return to work immediately after.

As significant as the effects of dermal fillers are, they do not last forever. At a certain point, the product will have been absorbed by your body. This can occur anywhere from a few months to a year or more, depending upon the product used. Patients typically have follow-up injections before the injected materials have completely been metabolized so that they can maintain their wrinkle-reduction results.

Good Candidates for Dermal Fillers

The overwhelming majority of people make good candidates for treatment with dermal fillers. There are some exceptions, however. If you have an ongoing skin breakout or skin infection at the time of treatment, you’ll need to resolve them before receiving dermal filler injections.

When it gets down to it, the best way to decide what type of dermal filler is best for you and your individual needs is to contact the office of Dr. Antún and book your initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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