Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What Makes Injectable Fillers So Appealing?

When it comes to nonsurgical techniques to maintain a youthful face, injectable or dermal fillers are one of the most popular choices available today. Patients seeking these treatments often do so because of the significant benefits dermal fillers offer. It’s not just how well these treatments will work against fine lines, wrinkles, folds, and facial depressions; it’s how they do it. Read on to learn more about the amazing benefits of dermal fillers.

The Benefits of Dermal Fillers
If you’re not familiar with injectable treatments, the category of dermal fillers includes a variety of biocompatible solutions that can be injected into the skin to add volume. With dermal fillers, the skin is plumped up, filling in the wrinkles and deep depressions that occur in the skin throughout the aging process. As we age, elasticity is lost in the skin and volume is depleted in areas like the cheeks and forehead. The combination results in loose skin, folds, wrinkles, or a gaunt appearance. Dermal fillers can restore much of the youthful appearance to the face; they are a simple solution that offers many extra benefits.
  • Injectable fillers are administered without surgery.
  • There is minimal downtime required following a dermal filler treatment, so patients are able to return to their daily activities immediately (although bruising may be noticeable).
  • The results from dermal fillers are visible instantly; while the full results may take up to a couple of weeks to appear, patients will see a noticeable difference right away.
  • Results from dermal fillers will last from a few months up to a year, not permanently. This can be a big appeal to those needing a post-op touch-up or for those who want to try out a new look before surgery.
  • Dermal filler substances can help improve the appearance of skin by boosting collagen production, leaving you with a smoother complexion.
  • Some filler types are naturally found in the body, so they are biocompatible and will be broken down by the body.
  • While all anti-aging treatments have their risks, dermal fillers carry a very low occurrence rate and only mild side effects.
  • A wide range of dermal fillers are available to customize any injectable treatment.

The Varieties of Dermal Fillers

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to injectable fillers, so you’ll notice the many different brands available when you meet with your plastic surgeon for a consultation. Each one has its own specific benefits and preferred uses, so your unique needs can be met by the procedure. At the Aesthetic Surgery Center, the available brands of dermal fillers include Juvederm injectable gel, Perlane, Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm Voluma XC, and Artefill.
Juvederm Injectable Gel is one of the most popular options available today. It is derived from hyaluronic acid, a natural protein found in the human body. Juvederm has been shown to effectively diminish the appearance of wrinkles and folds of varying depths. It is also a popular treatment choice for lip augmentation. Juvederm offers patients a natural even look as it has one of the smoothest consistencies of all dermal fillers. As one last added bonus, Juvederm Injectable Gel also contains lidocaine, so patients experience only a minimal amount of discomfort during their injections.
Perlane is another hyaluronic acid filler that is FDA-approved for soft tissue augmentation. It has been shown to be effective against moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles on the face. Perlane has a larger particle size consistency, so it is best served for deeper folds, although it is also a popular choice for cheek augmentation.
Restylane, another hyaluronic acid filler gel, can aid in anti-aging efforts by smoothing both wrinkles and folds. It is also commonly used in lip sculpting treatments and to add shape to facial contours, including the tear troughs under the eyes. Like Juvederm, it has lidocaine built into it for an easy procedure with only minor discomfort. Restylane is a very popular choice because it carries such a low risk of allergic reaction.
Radiesse is another top choice among dermal fillers, using a synthetic calcium hydroxyapatite that will non-surgically reduce the appearance of most wrinkles, creases, and scars. It does this by augmenting the body’s own supply of collagen, which improves the appearance and suppleness of the skin. Radiesse is most often used for deeper facial wrinkles and folds, as well as cheek augmentation. The FDA has approved Radiesse as one of the longest lasting temporary dermal fillers available today. The fact that it is made from the same minerals found in human bones gives it an extremely low chance of an allergic reaction.
Juvederm Voluma XC, one of the newest FDA approved dermal fillers, Juvederm Voluma XC is the first and only injectable gel approved to add volume to the cheek area. Derived from hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar found in human skin, it can provide results instantly, giving patients a subtle lift and improved contour. Results from this Juvederm product will last up to two years for many patients.

The Chance for Permanent Results

If the idea of fillers sounds ideal, with the exception of the temporary results, there is hope that you can achieve your new look permanently without surgery. ArteFill Filler is the very first permanent, or non-resorbable, filler available today. It is approved by the FDA to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Your results from ArteFill will not only last for years without the product being absorbed by the body, but they will actually begin to improve with time. It is an ideal treatment for nasolabial folds and marionette lines, also known as smile lines. If you’re considering ArteFill treatments, consult with your plastic surgeon about it. You will likely be given a collagen skin test in the forearm prior to receiving ArteFill injections.

Learn More About Dermal Fillers

At the Aesthetic Surgery Center, injectable fillers are just one part of the amazing spectrum of services offered to patients every day, both surgical and nonsurgical in nature. To design your personal anti-aging treatment plan, contact the Center’s offices and book an appointment with Dr. Anurag Agarwal or Dr. Richard Maloney, one of our double board certified facial plastic surgeons. They have been featured on many of the major news networks, including ABC, NBC, and FOX as recognized experts on a variety of facial plastic surgery topics. Dr. Agarwal and Dr. Maloney believe that educating and communicating with their patients is the key to helping them achieve the natural-looking results they want. Book your appointment at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, located at 11181 Health Park Blvd., Ste. 1115, in Naples, Florida, by calling (239) 594-9100.