The Master Guide To Dermal Fillers

Skin aging typically starts in your 20s, when your body gradually produces less collagen and elastin, leading to the formation of wrinkles. 

Looking for a non-surgical way to fight the signs of aging? Dermal fillers might be right up your alley. 

Keep reading to learn more!

More About Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injectables that can be used to restore lost volume and fullness, while also helping to lessen the appearance of fine lines, folds, and wrinkles. The most widely used FDA-approved fillers are usually composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance that reduces the risks of rejection or allergic reactions. 

These fillers are typically injected into the following areas:

  • dermal filler areaslips
  • cheeks
  • neck
  • chest
  • hands
  • under-eyes
  • nose
  • forehead
  • knees

Additionally, they can also be utilized as a follow-up procedure after a facial thread lift to further refine certain problem areas.

That being said, dermal fillers don’t offer the same degree of facial rejuvenation as a facelift, but it has no downtime and you can achieve lasting results by having follow up treatments.

Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers

Here are the most popular hyaluronic acid-based fillers:

  • Juvederm. It is a gel-like substance that rapidly improves contours, softens creases, and smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Restylane. This one is another brand of dermal filler that instantly adds volume to lips, cheeks, and wrinkles, fills in scars and hollows beneath the eyes, and rejuvenates sagging hands.
  • RHA Collection. Resilient hyaluronic acid or RHA was created to resemble natural hyaluronic acid more closely than other fillers. So whether your face is still or moving, it gives an incredibly natural impression.
  • Belotero. It is a softer filler that works well on fine lines around the eyes and creases on the chin, and works as well on lines around the lips.

Other Types of Dermal Fillers

Bellafill is a blend of microspheres and bovine collagen that fills acne scars and smoothes wrinkles. However, it is not advisable to be used on the lips despite its ability to last for years. Additionally, a skin test is necessary before injection in order to foresee potential side effects such as an allergic reaction.

Radiesse is a type of filler made of calcium-based microspheres and is effective on hands and facial wrinkles. It can last about a year and also stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. It is commonly used to enhance cheekbones and jawlines.

The effects of the poly-L-lactic acid filler Sculptra, which restores facial volume loss due to weight loss or aging, usually lasts up to two to three years. However, it’s not recommended for use on the lips or eyes. 

Facial fat transfer (commonly known as fat grafting, fat injections, or lipofilling) uses the fat from your hips, thighs, or stomach in order to add volume to cheeks and lips or to fill in nasolabial folds or under-eye tear troughs. It can even be used to plump or fill in pitted facial scars. 

Dermal fillers are a safe and effective treatment that can restore lost facial volume. If you’re looking to get smoother, more radiant skin with minimal to no downtime, Dr. Chow’s Rejuvenation Practice in Lee’s Summit, MO has various dermal fillers to choose from.

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