What Are Cosmetic Fillers?

Pouty lips seem to be all the rage and many women are turning to dermal fillers to get the latest glamour girl look. While in the past collagen has been the most popular filler of choice, other cosmetic fillers such as Restylane™, Perlane™, Radiesse™, Juvederm™, and Sculptra™ are gaining in popularity.

In addition to plumping up lips, these cosmetic fillers are part of the ever-growing arsenal in anti-aging skin care. They dramatically refresh and rejuvenate the face by filling wrinkles, folds and depressions, and in some cases they can actually lift the skin.

What are cosmetic fillers and what are they made of?

Dermal fillers are liquid or gel substances that are injected beneath the skin to plump up facial lines and wrinkles, and to hide deeper wrinkles around the mouth such as nasal labial folds–the crevice between the corner of your mouth and nose. They can also be used to fill in depressions that are commonly seen during aging, such as those in the cheeks.

Most dermal fillers are composed of a form of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance already present in your body. HA has the ability to bind with the water in your body, which contributes to long lasting results. Results can last anywhere from six months to a year.

Here are the ingredients in the most popular facial cosmetic fillers:

  • Restylane™– Hyaluronic Acid
  • Radiesse™– Calcium Hydroxyl Apatite
  • Perlane™– Large particle Hyaluronic Acid
  • Juvederm™– Hyaluronic Acid
  • Sculptra™– Poly Glycolic acid

How do dermal fillers reverse facial aging?

These filler injections add diminishing plumpness and volume to your appearance. As you age, collagen decreases and your face loses youthful fullness and firmness. This is especially true around the middle of your face and cheek area where deep wrinkles and depressions can occur. When fillers are injected into these areas, the overall appearance of your face is the healthy, fuller and youthful look you had years ago.

Nasal labial lines particularly contribute to a tired and aged appearance. Fillers are a great way to reverse this as they plumb the lines and camouflage the folds.

How safe are cosmetic fillers?

All of the fillers discussed here are FDA approved. Since hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body, the skin does not react to it. There have only been a very small number of reactions reported. These reactions may consist of prolonged but temporary redness, swelling, itching or tenderness. Most reactions have lasted for a couple of weeks.

Are the injections painful?

There may be some discomfort, as in a prick, but normally anesthesia isn’t necessary.  Most people find the injections relatively painless.  The exception is for lip treatments, which can be rather uncomfortable.  In these cases, a nerve block is normally made.

Immediately after the treatment, there may be a slight redness, swelling, tenderness or itching sensation at the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection and it generally disappears in a day or two.

If you want dermal fillers for plumber lips, then you should expect exaggerated fullness for the first few days. Eventually, your lips will settle down to the luscious full look you’re after.

If you would like to know more information on what cosmetic fillers are, visit our pages on Restylane™ and Juvederm. In as little as a few days, you can look years younger than you really are. Contact us to schedule your appointment.

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