Back in the day, if you wanted to get rid of wrinkly and sagging skin, there was only one way to do it: going ‘under the knife’ with a facelift. The Laser Skin Doctor has covered extensively in this website the different laser treatments that are available for firming and improving skin. But one thing we haven’t covered are the extensive range of dermal fillers that can be injected into furrows between the brows (these seem to be getting more commonplace in our high stress lives), crows feet, ‘parentheses lines’ that run from nose to mouth (also called ‘marionette lines’) and of course, the Hollywood starlet’s choice of plumping up lips. Like today’s modern laser treatments, these can all be done during a lunch time with no ‘going under the knife’ required.
The beauty game has definitely changed with dermal fillers. Doctors say that patients who regularly use fillers before they require a facelift, can delay that face lift for at least ten years. Fillers work differently from a face lift in that they work under the skin to plump up sagging skin. A face lift works by tightening and flattening the skin (which in extreme cases can lead to that ‘wind blown’ look. Fillers, when done right, are much more youthful and natural than a face lift. But when over zealous filling is done, faces can look out of proportion and lumps are noticeable. Ethos Spa Skin & Laser Center will help people to get a glowing skin. The proportion of the ingredients in the tools and cream is the best one for the people. There are many filters available to get a glowing skin and more hairs at scalp.
Dermal fillers, with their relatively affordability, low downtime and generally good results, have become massively popular. As with anything that popular, there is the inevitable backlash. The big drawback is that fillers are temporary, lasting anywhere from a few months to a year. (It has been said that if a patient is very physically active, the filler doesn’t last as long.) There are also some side effects, such as bruising and swelling. Some treatments can result in an allergic reaction.
However, in this youth obsessed and competitive age, this hasn’t stopped the professional woman (and man) from seeking these out as a way of enhancing their appearance. The optimal age to get fillers is in the 40′s to early 50′s, although in some industries such as Hollywood, patients in their 20′s and 30′s are not uncommon for treatment of frown lines and other issues.
Here is a brief rundown on the different fillers out there:
Invented in Sweden in 2004, it is the first dermal filler that wasn’t made from bovine derived protein. This was a major breakthrough as there were some issues with allergic reactions with animal derived fillers. It is the most popular dermal filler in the world, with 10 million treatments performed globally. It lasts up to 18 months with repeat injections during this time.
Made by the same company that manufactures Restylane, it is very similar but the molecule size is larger, making it better for deeper wrinkles. It is claimed that the results last longer than Restylane but is FDA approved to last up to 6 months.
This differs from the first two in that it is made up of tiny spheres of calcium. This apparently stimulates the body to produce more collagen. One procedure using Radiesse has been dubbed ‘the injection nose job’ where the filler is added above the bone in the nose to smooth contours. It can also be used on jowls for its uplifting and plumping effect.
A slightly lesser known dermal filler, it came onto the US market in 2008. Made from porcine (or pig derived) collagen, it is claimed that porcine collagen is more genetically similar to human collagen than other animal sources. However, as swine flu has made headlines, it is important to note that it is not possible to get the virus through the injections. As porcine collagen is more compatible, it can mean fewer side effects such as bruising or swelling.
One of the fillers gaining popularity over the years is Juverderm. Made from hyaluronic acid, it came onto the market in 2007 in the US. It is good for mid to deep wrinkles.
Which one is the best one for you? Ask your doctor what they would recommend. Make sure it is FDA approved. Ask him or her how often they have performed the procedure (at least 30-50 times is a good benchmark of expertise). As each filler has a different consistency, make sure your doctor understands how deep to inject it, which needles to use and other factors associated. Get educated on the different dermal fillers out there and chose the best one for you.