Fillers are a great way to ease the aging process cosmetically, without the drastic surgical approach. Fillers consist of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and calcium hydroxyl apatite. These ingredients fill the loss of collagen to reduce and/or eliminate wrinkles, deep lines, and/or raised scarring.With collagen being the most abundant protein in the human body and is the substance that literally holds the body together it is most important to upkeep and add through fillers to treat aging. Signs of aging generally start to be noticeable when the skin starts to lose its volume by loss of collagen production which humans produce naturally until the age of 25.
Collagen occurs throughout the body, but especially in the skin, bones, and connective tissues providing firmness. Skin elastin production which supplies skin elasticity and rebound, and glycosaminoglycans or GAGs which keep the skin hydrated skin to create a fuller, smoother appearance. Losing this speeds up intrinsic aging, or the natural aging process without even taking into consideration the external factors such as environmental, and pollutants etc. Fillers can improve texture, tone, and fill hollowness. An experienced injector can create plump lips, soften facial lines and creases, disguise scarring, reconstruct deformities, and fill shallow contours. Depending on the brand or type of injectable filler, they generally last 6 months up to two years. Your body will naturally absorb the product, making this a temporary, non-surgical fix. There are multiple brands and consistencies of fillers on the market targeted for specific facial or body areas.
The most commonly used is Hyaluronic Acid (HA) based with is a natural substance in your skin. Most of the HA fillers have lidocaine infused in them to help minimize discomfort. FDA approved fillers include: Juvéderm XC, Voluma, Volbella, and Vollure. Restylane products are Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne. Radiesse is made out of Calcium Hydroxylapatite and is also naturally occurring primarily in the bones. The consistency is thicker than Hyaluronic Acid making it suitable to treat deep facial creases, lines, and wrinkles. The results last longer as a result. Radiesse can also be used to treat wrinkles on hand, and neck not just the face. Other FDA approved fillers are Polyslkylimide, a transparent gel that is compatible with the body. Polylactic acid which stimulates the skin to make more collagen, and Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA) a semi-permanent filler.
Individuals interested in treatment will always have a consultation with the provider to go over the best options, how much they need, and what the upkeep and outcome will be. Registered nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and MD’s are only allowed to inject, and most are trained solely in the medical aesthetic industry making them experts in the field. Medical Spas or Dermatologist offices preform the treatments where you will discuss your individual needs, and expectations. Contradictions for treatment include women pregnant or breast-feeding, antibiotics, or having infection or sore in the treatment area.
Before getting fillers one can avoid any products that cause excess bruising. ie ibuprofen, aspirin, blood pressure medication, fish oil, herbal teas, /supplements, garlic, fish oil, ginkgo biloba, and heavy alcohol consumption. Swelling and bruising may occur, but will go fully down after two weeks, and typically you can go back for a follow up to see if you need more or just how the results panned out.