For anyone over the age of 30, maintaining a natural, youthful appearance is a never-ending challenge. As time passes and your face loses elasticity and volume, fine lines and wrinkles appear on your skin.
Having said that, you’ve probably wondered how celebrities look so effortlessly glamorous. If this is the case, you have most likely noticed that they all have smooth, even skin.
While many cosmetic procedures can help improve the appearance of your skin, such as plastic surgery, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion, there are also less invasive treatments, such as injectable dermal fillers, that can quickly and effectively improve your skin.
If you want to learn more about injectable fillers before deciding if they’re suitable for you and which type is best for your specific situation, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about these injectable products to make the best decision for your aesthetic goals.
What Is a Dermal Filler?
Dermal fillers, referred to as “restylane” or “sculptra”, are injectable facial fillers commonly used as a non-surgical treatment to reduce wrinkles and get rid of signs of aging.
Dermal fillers, in general, stimulate collagen production, which helps keep your skin smooth and firm. They are frequently used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures to smooth wrinkles and make your skin look younger.
Dermal fillers can be used on almost any part of your face, including the forehead, between your brows, and around your eyes, lips, and jawline, but they are especially effective for treating wrinkles around your mouth and nose.
Injecting dermal fillers is also an excellent strategy for treating certain skin conditions, such as scars and brown spots, as well as improving the overall texture and health of your facial muscles.
Types of Dermal Fillers
There are several types of dermal fillers available, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Some of the most common injectable treatments and their effectiveness in facial rejuvenation are listed below.
Hyaluronic Acid Filler
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are also known as “HA Fillers” or “Restylane.” They are a dermal filler made of the same material as your joints and the fluid that keeps your eyes lubricated.
This filler is frequently used to treat mild to severe wrinkles, facial lines, acne scars, and even volume loss around the mouth. The filler is derived from a naturally occurring substance that is both safe and non-toxic, such as plant or animal extract. If you’re still not convinced, you’ll be relieved to learn that they’ve been on the market since the 1990s and have proven to be extremely safe and effective.
Silicone Dermal Fillers
Silicone dermal fillers are often referred to as “Restylane-L” or “Restylane- Lyft”. They are a type of dermal filler that consists of a synthetic, inert substance that is completely non-toxic.
These dermal fillers are frequently marketed as “non-allergic and non-reactive,” as well as “harmless to human DNA.” They are excellent for treating a variety of cosmetic issues, such as smile lines and facial wrinkles, cheek volume loss, acne, and sun damage.
Silicone dermal fillers are ideal for patients with oily skin because they do not absorb into the skin as quickly as other types of dermal fillers, allowing them to last longer.
Collagen Dermal Fillers
Collagen dermal fillers, also known as “Adagen” or “Cosmodaine,” are most commonly used to treat sun damage and acne-related brown spots, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
These dermal fillers are made from animal collagen, but they are sourced ethically and are completely safe and non-toxic.
Dermal collagen fillers, unlike hyaluronic acid and silicone dermal fillers, are considered permanent. This means that once injected into your skin, the dermal collagen filler will not dissolve or break down. This, however, means that they are more expensive.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite Filler Treatments
Calcium hydroxylapatite dermal fillers, also known as “PH Aspire,” are among the market’s newest and longest-lasting dermal fillers. This mineral-based dermal filler is non-toxic and commonly used to treat volume loss in the cheeks as well as wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.
Polylactic Acid Filler
Polylactic acid, or ‘poly’ is a biodegradable dermal filler made from fermented sugar. It is often used to treat volume loss in the cheeks, nasolabial folds (the folds between your nose and mouth), and the area around the eyes.
This dermal filler is designed to last between 12 and 18 months, which makes it a great alternative to hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Poly is often used to treat volume loss in the cheeks and fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows.
What to Consider Before Selecting a Dermal Filler
You should keep a few things in mind before deciding on a dermal filler.
First, you should make sure you choose an FDA-approved dermal filler. This is particularly important if you use dermal fillers for medical purposes, such as treating acne or restoring volume to your cheeks. Not all dermal fillers are FDA-approved, so it is essential to do your research.
Another thing to consider before choosing a dermal filler is whether you have allergies. Some dermal fillers are made from animal extracts (such as collagen), while others are synthetic. If you have allergies, you should talk to your doctor to determine if a dermal filler would be safe and suitable for you.
Another thing to consider before you choose a dermal filler is the cost. While dermal fillers are relatively affordable, the price can vary depending on the type of dermal filler you choose and where you go for treatment.
The Key Takeaway
While dermal fillers are often a quick and easy way to plump up your skin and improve its texture, they can also be time-consuming, requiring touch-ups every six months or so.
Nonetheless, they are quick, simple, and non-invasive treatments with little downtime that can provide you with the smooth, youthful skin you’ve always desired.
If you want to improve the appearance and texture of your skin with dermal fillers, call DSC Laser & Skin Care Center in Los Angeles today at (626) 285-0800!