Types of Dermal Fillers
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 and collagen breaks down 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.
Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid include:
Sculptra Aesthetic, an FDA-approved dermal filler and collagen replacer, helps to plump deeper recessed areas and fat loss in larger areas of the face by stimulating the body’s natural ability to produce collagen and restoring the underlying structure of the skin. Unlike other dermal fillers, the results achieved with Sculpltra Aesthetic 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 Aesthetic.
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 nasolabial folds (smile lines) or marionette lines.
Visit the Radiesse page for more information about the benefits and uses of Radiesse.
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that provides shape, resiliency and texture to the skin. Over time, the skin's natural collagen begins to break down 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 dermal fillers, collagen injections are no longer a popular facial treatment as longer-lasting, hypoallergenic dermal fillers are now widely used and deliver predictable results.
Fat transfer, or fat grafting, is an effective treatment for restoring youthful volume and fullness to the face (and body) while reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and facial folds. Fat transfer 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 no risk of an allergic reaction.
Because fat transfer is a surgical procedure, in Pittsburgh, fat transfer begins by removing the fat during a liposuction procedure in our state-licensed, nationally accredited (AAAHC) surgical center. In Columbus, fat transfer and liposuction surgery is performed in our nationally accredited (AAAHC) surgery center.
Visit our Fat Transfer page for more information about the benefits and uses of fat grafting.