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What are Dermal Fillers?

Facial fillers are synthetic or naturally occurring substances injected into the lines, folds, and tissues of the face to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and restore the facial fullness that decreases with age. These injectables are also called dermal fillers, injectable implants, wrinkle fillers, and soft-tissue fillers.  Unlike Botox treatments, which relax your muscles to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, dermal fillers are known for plumping up, adding volume or fullness, and smoothing your skin.

Types of Facial Fillers include: 

Hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Juvederm, others). This natural component of the skin’s connective tissue is the most common filler used for wrinkles. The results typically last 6 to 12 months. 

Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse). This filler is used to contour the jawline, restore volume in the cheeks, and treat deeper wrinkles and skin folds. The results last up to a year for contouring and 3 years for filling wrinkles

Poly-L-lactic acid fillers (Sculptra). These fillers can address wrinkles, volume loss, and enhance facial contours.

**Types of Dermal Fillers that are safe and FDA-approved products include hyaluronic acid, polymethyl methacrylate, poly-L-lactic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite or the person’s own body fat**

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Struggling With Volume Loss in Your Skin?

As we grow older, our skin gradually loses essential components such as collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. These substances play a crucial role in maintaining skin elasticity, firmness, and hydration. The absence of these elements contributes to sagging and wrinkles. Furthermore, factors like sun damage, inadequate diet, exposure to air pollution, and unhealthy habits can exacerbate these effects, causing premature aging.

As we age, our skin experiences a decline in elasticity and volume, leading to the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and hollow areas. Dermal fillers offer a solution, providing patients with the opportunity to achieve youthful, smooth skin that radiates beauty. Today’s market offers a range of dermal fillers, each crafted from distinct materials and tailored to address specific facial areas.

Where you can use Dermal Fillers?

Deep wrinkles
While most of the fillers can be used for this area, there are a few that might be preferred by some people. These might include PMMA, polylactic acid, and certain hyaluronic acids.

Under-eye area
Fat injections, hyaluronic acid, and polylactic acid can be used around the eye area. Certain hyaluronic acids might be better than others for this area. Some tend to not provide the optimal correction, and can leave the area looking lumpy or bumpy.

**You should be advised that no filler has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the under-eye area**

Nasolabial or smile lines
Most of the hyaluronic acids and PMMA microspheres have been approved by the FDA for use in this area. They can be used for the smile lines and folds around your nose.

Forehead and crow’s feet
If you’re opposed to Botox injections, filler solutions for your forehead furrows and crow’s feet include polylactic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and PMMA.

**Fillers in this area are also not approved by the FDA, and many providers won’t use injectables in this area due to complications**

Cheeks can be plumped and structured with polylactic acid and many of the hyaluronic acids.

Most of the hyaluronic acids can be used as lip fillers, and they’ve been approved by the FDA to do so. Most of the other filler options shouldn’t be used on the lips.

Calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid, or essentially any of the above dermal fillers can be used to contour and add volume to the chin.

Hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite can be used to fill in loose skin on your hands, as well as decrease the appearance of veins.

Chest or décolletage
Not to be confused with breast augmentation, wrinkles around your chest area and lower neck can be treated with hyaluronic acid.