As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. Smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent. The skin stretches a little, which adds to the loss of facial volume and creates creases and folds. Some factors that affect the skin include sun exposure, genetics, and daily lifestyle. Fillers hide and soften these signs of aging by plumping lips, improving shallow contours, and softening creases and wrinkles.
Fillers are made out of a few different substances. Many are made with hyaluronic acid, which is a substance the body produces naturally. Some hyaluronic acid fillers include Restylane, Juvederm, and Belotero. Collagen is another naturally occurring substance used in some fillers and these are usually made from cow skin. Synthetic fillers also exist such as Radiesse, which generally has greater longevity than hyaluronic acid fillers. Collagen forms around microspheres in Radiesse, which adds additional volume to the treatment area.
Some Key Points About Fillers
- Fillers are temporary. An injection lasts from a few months to a year.
- Fillers should be injected by an experienced physician not an aesthetician. These treatments should always be done in a medical environment.
- Filler injections take about 10-20 minutes per session depending on the treatment area and individual.
- Side effects post-treatment may include swelling, redness, bruising, and/or itching at the injection site. These side effects usually do not last more than a few days.
- Do not judge a filler based only on price. Be wary of prices that are much lower than average. If the price seems too good to be true it’s likely that compromises are being made.
Watch Advanced Dermatology’s Jason Applebaum, an expert in cosmetic injectables, talk about facial fillers: