Dermal fillers are being used more and more to help reverse the changes associated with aging. Because the goal is to return the dermis to its original youthful state, dermal fillers can give a more natural appearance than surgical face lifts. Dermal fillers are being used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, raise scar depressions, enhance lips, and replace soft-tissue volume loss.
Several classes of dermal fillers are marketed in the United States today. They include: collagen based fillers (i.e. EVOLENCE), hyaluronic acid based fillers (i.e. Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm), and calcium hydroxyl apatite fillers such as Radiesse.
The ideal dermal filler should be easy to administer, provide reproducible cosmetic results, remain in the dermis for a significant period of time, and have a superior safety profile. Injection of fillers usually requires the use of either a topical numbing cream or a local injection of numbing medication. Then, using a small needle, the dermal filler is injected into each wrinkle or scar that requires treatment. Some mild burning and stinging is normal and quickly resolves.
The results can last from three months to greater than 1 year, depending on the filler being used. The new formulation of collagen last at least 6 months with no need for skin testing, like the old generation of collagen fillers. Restylane & Juvderm tends to last a bit longer with effects lasting from six months to one year. Radiesse can provide results that last greater than 3 years.
*Individual results may vary.
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