Many people want their faces to look more youthful as the years go by, which is why facelifts and eyelid lifts are so popular. But what if you’re going to turn back the clock and get rid of those lines and wrinkles without surgery?
Injectable dermal fillers may be the answer. These temporary fillers can give you a younger appearance with no surgery or downtime, and it costs a fraction of surgical procedures.
Dermal fillers can be used to lift and plump cheeks, eliminate crow’s feet around the eyes, reduce lip lines, smooth out chin creases, and reduce lines in the temples (instead of a brow lift).
Below are the most popular dermal fillers for 2021 and how they are used.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
This is a naturally occurring substance found in the skin, especially when we are younger, that keeps everything hydrated and plump. HA fillers are gel-like and soft, and the results last up to 12 months.
These fillers can be effective for increasing volume in the cheeks and filling in hollows under the eyes. Juvederm also is popular for filling in the lips and softening lip lines.
Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLA)
PLA is a synthetic substance and biodegradable that has been used for years in dissolvable stitches and medical devices. PLA products stimulate the production of collagen in the body and smooth lines in the face.
PLA is effective for treating deep facial wrinkles and can last up to two years. The most popular name brand PLA is Sculptra Aesthetic. It is also a good choice to fill in hollows in the cheeks, but it’s not suitable for use around the eyes.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
CaHA also occurs naturally in the body and is mainly in the bones. When it’s chosen as a dermal filler, the particles of calcium are almost microscopic and in a smooth, clear gel. A CaHA filler is usually thicker than HA fillers and may last up to one year.
CaHA also may help to stimulate collagen production and is effective for deeper wrinkles and lines. Radiesse is the most popular CaHA filler. Some surgeons also use it to fill in folds around the nose as well as for hollow cheeks.
PMMA is a biocompatible and synthetic substance that has been popular in medicine for decades. When used in a dermal filler, PMMA takes the shape of tiny balls that stay under the skin for years to offer support.
These fillers also have collagen, which occurs naturally in the skin to offer firmness and structure. Bellafill is the most common PMMA dermal filler.
Fat grafting is the only injectable that requires surgery, but the results may last for years.
Your surgeon will perform liposuction on your abdomen or another site with liposuction. Next, the fat is cleaned and processed and injected into hollow or lined areas on the face, such as the cheeks, lower eyelids, or temples.
Fat injection procedures are complex and take a lot of skill and experience to do correctly. Please make sure that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon if you opt for fat grafting.
Selecting A Provider For Dermal Filler Procedures
When you choose a healthcare provider for dermal filler treatments, it’s wise to give the decision the same thought that you would for a tummy tuck or breast augmentation. That is, you should consider the matter just as you would if you were having surgery.
Dermal filler treatment is a complex medical procedure that requires skill, training, and knowledge to ensure you get the best, safest results. So, it’s vital to select a provider who knows facial anatomy and has skill and precision.
Please make sure that your healthcare provider has a background in cosmetic procedures and experience with dermal filler procedures. If you are having a nurse or physician assistant do the procedure, they should be working under the supervision of an experienced physician or plastic surgeon.
How To Make Fillers Last
To maintain your results, you should take care of your health and skin as best you can. Some of the ways you can make your dermal fillers last longer include:
- Reduce UV exposure: The most common reason people have facial skin damage is sun exposure. Protecting your face and neck from the sun can help you maintain your filler results for months longer. When you are exposed to the sun use a sun hat and SPF 45 or stronger sunscreen.
- Use skincare: Keeping your skin moisturized and healthy will maintain your results longer. Also, drink a lot of water to keep the skin plump and hydrated, which can increase the effects of HA fillers.
- Reduce stress: Stress can age you faster, especially on the face. Try to relieve stress through yoga, relaxation exercises, physical exercise, listening to music, and anything else healthy that helps you reduce stress.
Request A Cosmetic Surgery Consultation
Thinking about a cosmetic filler procedure in Portland? Dr. Aric Aghayan is proud to serve Portland area patients at his practice, Après Plastic Surgery. He’ll go over the options, goals, and more to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for a variety of cosmetic procedures.
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