All About Dermal Fillers
For those of us who find the idea of plastic surgery too intense, we know that there are other options for rejuvenating your skin that doesn’t require a scalpel. Dermal fillers offer one of the most popular and easy ways to fill out those wrinkles, plump our cheeks or just improve some of those imperfections. But with so many choices out there it may be hard to decide which one is right for you, so we dedicate this blog post to some options and guidelines, so when you visit you can let us know what you prefer.
It really begins with knowing what you want to accomplish. Dermal fillers predominately come in specific categories – stimulatory fillers allow your body to make its own collagen, or hyaluronic acid fillers that are like the hyaluronic acid your body makes, and non-absorbable or absorbable.
We have several stimulatory fillers that provide great results. Bellafill (previously Artefill) is a non-absorbable synthetic filler made from microbeads floating in bovine collagen, and because your body can’t metabolize or absorb it, Bellafill will last longer than just collagen or fat injections. It is referred to as a “permanent” filler because of its long lasting results (and the microbeads stay in the skin permanently).
On the other end of the stimulatory spectrum is Radiesse. It is an absorbent filler consisting of calcium hydroxylapatite spheres suspended in gel and is considered to be a “temporary” filler although it typically can last up to a year. It works by taking the collagen protein that gives skin its structure, and having it form around the microspheres in Radiesse upon injection and firms up the skin through this process. The FDA has approved this filler for smoothing out wrinkles and folds ranging from moderate to severe.
There’s also Sculptra – also a stimulatory filler made from poly-L-actic acid, which helps replace lost collagen, and helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles, folds, and lost volume through your body making its own collagen. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades that essentially “seeds” the skin to grow new collagen.
HYALURONIC ACID FILLERS
If you are someone with more sensitive skin or are prone to allergic reactions, hyaluronic acid fillers may be the right choice for you instead of stimulatory. These fillers use ingredients already found in your body, or very similar, so they have a less likely chance of reacting negatively with your skin. At Werschler Aesthetics we have several fillers with hyaluronic acid – which appears naturally in the body and it has a two fold application: it fills in wrinkles and can also promote new collagen growth. We have several hyaluronic fillers, including Restalyne, Perlane, Juvederm, Voluma, and Belotero.
There are many options for dermal fillers, and at Werschler we carry only FDA-approved products – A fact we take seriously enough that we regularly help the FDA with their approval processes through clinical tests, so you can be assured of the best products and services.
Whatever you decide for fillers, and there are many out there, just ask us, and we would love to answer any questions you may have.
Here is a list of dermal fillers we have –
Belotero – http://www.belotero.com/
Botox – http://www.botoxcosmetic.com
Dysport – http://dysportusa.com
Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus – http://www.juvederm.com
Juvederm Voluma – http://www.juvederm.com/home/volumahome
LaViv – http://mylaviv.com
Radiesse – http://www.radiesse.com
Restalyne – http://restylaneusa.com