Along the lines of Botox, Dermal
Fillers offer the fountain of youth and has become ever increasingly
popular. No anesthesia or downtime is required offering fillers as an
easy alternative to major surgery to maintain a youthful look. Botox is
different than fillers, as it is used to immobilize the muscle that it
is injected into, making wrinkles not form from nonmovement. Fillers
plump up areas where the firm underlying collagen tissue has gotten
weakened by age. Some fillers are man made and some are naturally made
by animals or humans, each having pros and cons.
Collagen is the framework of fibers in your skin that hold your skin
firm, keep it elastic and maintain moisture and keep your youthful
appearence. As you get older the collagen breaks down in your skin
leading to sagging, wrinkles and an aged appearance. Topical collagen
moisturizers can treat only the surface of the skin which can help
maintain moisture in the skin, but doesn't replace lost collagen lost.
Collagen fillers are injected to give back natural collagen in the skin. It can make your skin look younger and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. CosmoDerm, CosmoPlast, Autologen, Cymetra, and Fascian are all human based collagen fillers used. Zyderm and Zyplast are made from cow skin. To keep the lasting effect you may need two to four injections a year to keep the treatment lasting. Just like natural collagen, injected collagen breaks down as well.
Artefill or PMMA microspheres - Polymethylmethacrylate beads are
small manmade polymers that are non-biodegradable, and compatible with
the body, to pose a low risk of an allergic reaction. Artefill is
injected with a collagen made from cows underneath the skin. It is
mostly used for nasolabial folds and has been deemed by many in the
medical field to be unsafe used in any other area. Since Arefill are
tiny plastic spheres, they can only be removed surgically, but people
asked after five years are 90% satisfied and it has maintained their
natural look appearance.
Artefill or PMMA microspheres
Facia is a thin but strong fiberous structure that covers muscle and
is found just below the skin. If you have cut raw chicken for food
prep, the whitish thin tissue covering the muscle is facia to give you
an idea. Facia can be harvested from your own body or from a deceased
doner and implanted surgically or injected. The drawback of fascia is
that within a year the body will absorb the facia.
Fat injections are popular since using your own body fat gives a
security that their will not be any allergic reaction. The body
naturally absorbs some of the fat once injected, up to 40-60%. Six
months after the procedure will usually result in the amount that will
stay from the treatment. Since the body absorbs the fat, more fat is
injected than needed, but also can make the area look unnatural until
the absorption occurs. This leads to numerous smaller injections to get
to the desired result, and assuring a look that doesn't look abnormal
from having too much.
Hyaluronic Acid Injections are popular products such as Juvederm,
Perlane, Restylane that use a natural material made in the body to ad
fullness to the skin. Their is a very slight risk of an allergic
reaction and one of the most cost effective ways to get a filler.
Hyaluronic Acid Injections can come in a thin gel like form that is thin
and can flow more consistently into the area underneath the skin, or a
thick jello like form that keeps it's structure to fill in certain
specific area. Hyaluronic Acid binds with water to maintain the fuller
plump look of skin. Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane treatments last about a
year so need to be repeated to achieve the desired result.
Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Filler comes in a liquid measurement called a cc. Usually you purchase filler by the half and full syringe.. The cost is higher than botox but the products function in two very different ways and the filler can last from 3 to 4 times longer than Botox, lasting 9-12 months, depending on each individual.