All About Cosmetic Fillers
If you’re curious and ready to take the plunge, this is all about cosmetic fillers and how they can help you regain your youthful looks. Skin Theory Aesthetics™ is the best aesthetic spa that specializes in rejuvenating treatments including cosmetic fillers.
Skin Theory Aesthetics™ proudly offers a variety of volumizing cosmetic fillers to help erase the signs of aging on your face. Fillers can replace lost volume to help smooth wrinkles, reduce deep creases, and folds, plump the lips, and restore a more youthful appearance.
At Skin Theory, you’ll never get the cookie-cutter treatment. We make sure that your treatment plan is customized based on your specific needs, skin type and lifestyle. This ensures that you get the best results and an incomparable treatment experience.
Skin Theory Aesthetics™ has years of expertise and experience to help both men and women look your absolute best, regardless of your age, young or “old”.
Cosmetic Fillers 101
If lines and wrinkles seem to be worrying you lately and the image staring back at you from the mirror is in need of a revamp, you may want to consider cosmetic fillers. Perhaps you’ve been hearing of how they’ve done wonders for friends and would like to see how they can help you, too. Read on as we discuss the basics about cosmetic fillers to help you decide if this is the treatment for you.
What are cosmetic fillers?
Collagen and elastin are found in our skin. Collagen is what gives your skin strength. On the other hand, elastin gives your skin the ability to stretch and bounce back. Together they work to ward off wrinkles and fine lines.
As we age, however, the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin declines resulting in lost volume, sagging skin, wrinkles and creases.
Cosmetic fillers are injectables designed to be administered beneath the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness. They give your face a wonderful youthful boost that may last from 6 months to as long as 5 years, depending on what type of cosmetic filler you choose to have.
What can cosmetic fillers do?
Cosmetic fillers, also known as dermal fillers, can be very helpful in combating the early signs of aging. They can:
✓ Soften facial lines and wrinkles, especially marionette or smile lines
✓ Augment and plump up thin lips
✓ Improve the appearance of recessed scars due to acne and other
✓ Enhance and restore volume to sunken cheeks or temples
✓ Diminish vertical lip lines
✓Smooth out a chin crease
✓ Reconstruction certain deformities in the face
✓Improve symmetry among facial features
What cosmetic fillers cannot do?
Cosmetic fillers are temporary treatments for facial aging. They can delay the time when you may need to consider a surgical facelift, brow lift or eye lift, if you so desire these more long term solutions. As temporary solutions, cosmetic fillers can make you look younger but you cannot achieve the same results that you get from more invasive procedures.
What are the different kinds of cosmetic fillers available in the market?
There are different FDA approved cosmetic fillers that rejuvenation specialists use. The most common types are:
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Injectable Hyaluronic acid is a type of temporary cosmetic filler. The results of a treatment can be seen immediately but results may last anywhere from 6 to 12 months.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin with the highest concentrations in the joints, eyes, and skin. A remarkable quality of HA is its ability to attract water and this allows the skin to become more hydrated.
To ensure safety, it’s important to use FDA approved products. For HA fillers, these are:
Juvéderm products: Juvéderm XC, VOLUMA, VOLBELLA, VOLLURE
Restylane products: Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
CaHA fillers are also popular choices. Calcium Hydroxylapatite is also a naturally occurring substance in the body and is mostly found in our bones.
As a cosmetic filler, CaHA comes in the form of calcium particles suspended in a gel. It is slightly thicker than a Hyaluronic acid filler, and takes longer to get absorbed by the body. Because of this, it has longer lasting effects and can last to 12 months for many patients.
Studies have shown that CaHA fillers help stimulate collagen production and were found to be effective for deeper facial wrinkles.
For safety, ask for FDA approved CaHA fillers including Radiesse®.
The next two cosmetic fillers are classified as synthetic substances - they do not occur naturally in the body and are chemically manufactured. However, they are considered as biocompatible. This means that they can be safely introduced into the body without interfering with the tissues of the body.
This next type of cosmetic filler is made of the same substance as dissolvable stitches, used for years now for surgical procedures.
Poly-L-lactic acid dermal fillers are considered as “collagen stimulators”. When injected beneath the surface of the skin, they act as a stimulant for the skin to produce collagen. As the skin rebuilds its collagen levels, it begins to get smoother, with less lines and wrinkles.
The effects of Poly-L-lactic acid cosmetic filler treatment can last more than 2 years and works best with deeper facial wrinkles.
As your specialist about FDA approved Poly-L-lactic acid fillers which include the Sculptra® Aesthetic.
Another synthetic cosmetic filler is PMMA. This contains collagen that helps the skin keep firm. This comes in the form of a “microsphere” which once injected can remain for an indefinite amount of time underneath the skin. It may take several injections, though, to achieve the desired volume. And it can take as long as 3 months to see the full effects of the treatment.
This cosmetic filler has one of the longest effects and microspheres can last up to five years.
Ask your specialist for FDA approved PMMA fillers including Bellafill® (formerly known as Artefill).
All About Cosmetic Fillers - What To Expect for Your Treatment
A cosmetic filler treatment is non-surgical and is typically performed during an office visit. However, while it’s a non-invasive procedure, it is important to give careful consideration to the specialist who will perform it on you. It’s important to choose someone who is specially trained and has the experience and skill to ensure safety and natural looking results.
Before treatment. Your specialist should conduct a pre-treatment consultation for your complete medical history, including what allergies you may have, medications you are currently taking and skin or neurological conditions that may be affected by a cosmetic filler treatment. This is to guarantee safety during and after the treatment proper.
This is the right time to discuss with your specialist your expectations and what results you want after your treatment. This gives him or her the opportunity to discuss all about cosmetic fillers so you know exactly what is to come.
During treatment. A cosmetic filler treatment does not take long. Your specialist will prepare your skin by cleansing it then applying a topical anesthesia to ease discomfort during the treatment. Some fillers also contain lidocaine to help make the procedure more comfortable for the patient. It’s important to tell your specialist of any lidocaine sensitivity prior to your treatment to avoid any allergic reactions.
For some dermal fillers - hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, for instance, the results can immediately be seen after the treatment.
After treatment. You may experience some mild bruising or swelling after the treatment. These typically subside within days after your treatment. Your specialist may advise you to refrain from any strenuous activities for the next 24 to 48 hours but you may be able to get back to more normal activities soon after treatment.
Typical Side Effects
These are the most common side effects reported:
Some patients may experience these but they are very rare occurrences:
Change in pigmentation in the treatment area
Lumps and bumps
It’s important to choose the specialist who will perform your cosmetic filler treatment on you.
This minimizes the risks and also avoids any unwanted side effects that may happen with an inexperienced provider.
Call Us Today
When it comes to cosmetic filler treatments, expect only the best from Skin Theory Aesthetics™.
Our experienced specialists make sure that you are in safe hands with a treatment plan designed to give you only the best results!
Call us for any questions or to book an appointment at (951) 735-5570.
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