Over time, the effects of aging can take a toll on our appearance. Skin becomes thinner, loses its elasticity, and is more prone to fine lines, wrinkles, creases and folds. Fortunately, it is possible today to restore a smoother, more youthful appearance with the use of cosmetic fillers, which are injected beneath the skin's surface to fill depressed areas.
There are several types of injectable cosmetic fillers available today, including:
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Sculptra Aesthetic
- Autologus Fat Transfer
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The versatility and affordability of cosmetic fillers has made popular many non-surgical rejuvenation treatments that add volume to the skin as well as enhance the natural contours of the face. Injectable cosmetic fillers for the face and body include:
Healthy, youthful skin contains two key compounds that diminish with the aging process -- hyaluronic acid and collagen.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar compound found in the body. This acid helps maintain skin volume by attracting and binding water, giving the skin a smooth, plump appearance. However with time, UV exposure and environmental factors, the hyaluronic acid in the skin diminishes causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear.
Injectable hyaluronic acid can temporarily replace this compound, restoring to the skin the volume and firmness it has lost.
Cosmetic fillers containing hyaluronic acid include:
Sculptra ® Aesthetic, an FDA-approved dermal filler, helps to plump deeper recessed areas and restore facial fat loss in larger areas of the face by stimulating the body’s natural ability to produce collagen. Unlike more temporary dermal fillers, the results achieved with Sculpltra are long lasting and may last up to two years.
Visit the Sculptra Aesthetic page for more information about the benefits and uses of Sculptra
Radiesse ®, an FDA-approved, longer-lasting dermal filler, restores lost volume and fullness to the skin by stimulating new collagen production -- the framework for healthy, younger looking skin.
Radiesse contains very small, smooth calcium hydroxylapitite microspheres, which are suspended in a water-based gel. Calcium hydroxylapitite is a mineral substance found in the body. Over time, the body replaces the Radiesse with newly formed collagen, which provides longer-lasting wrinkle reduction, up to a year or longer, for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as nasilabial folds (smile lines) or marionette lines.
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Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that provides shape, resiliency and texture to the skin. Over time, the skin's natural collagen begins to breakdown causing the formation of fine lines, creases and wrinkles. Collagen injections given just below the surface of the skin temporarily fill these depressed areas, restoring a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Once considered the gold-standard in cosmetic fillers, collagen injections have become less popular as longer-lasting, hypoallergenic cosmetic fillers have been developed.
Fat injections, or Autologous Fat Transfer, is a less common but very effective treatment for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and facial folds as well as adding fullness to aging hands. An autologous fat treatment is a two-step process that involves removing a small amount of fat from the hips, thighs or buttocks, and injecting it into select areas after it has been processed. Because the fat is from the patient's own body, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction.
Visit the Autologous Fat Transfer Injection page for more information about the benefits and uses of Autologous Fat Injections.
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