Facts on Fillers

Posted on September 10, 2012 by Ella Fedonenko

One of the leading ways to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is through a non-surgical approach – injectable wrinkle fillers. In Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, Juvederm and Restylane are just two of the most common wrinkle fillers used to smooth out imperfections on the face. Many new to the idea of using non-surgical enhancements often confuse the treatment with other facial injections, such as Botox. Restylane and Juvederm differ from Botox in that there is a filler substance injected directly into a location with fine lines or wrinkles – and the filler plumps up the area to diminish the lines or creases.

While fillers are traditionally used to plump up creases in the face, they are also used to enhance volume in the cheeks, lips and even hands. The thin, delicate skin on the top of the hands is highly susceptible to symptoms of aging, and fillers give hands that youthful, supple appearance. The substances used in fillers range, depending on your doctor or preferences. Injectable fillers can be derived from the fat or substances found in your own body, to synthetic options, such as Sculptra or PMMA microspheres.

Juvederm and Restylane are both considered hyaluronic acids, which are produced by the body to give your skin the full, supple look. The injections are placed between the collagen and elastin layers in the skin to create the appearance of fullness and give you back the look of youthful skin, which is lost during the aging process. Both of these injectable fillers are ideal for those with moderate to severe wrinkles and the effects last between six months to a year. Research indicates repeated injections begin to encourage the natural production of collagen in the skin to help decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Additionally, evidence also shows that because of the natural production of collagen, you will likely need less filler during a yearly appointment.

As with any enhancement, whether it is surgical or non-surgical, there are some factors you need to be aware of before getting the treatment. The saying, ‘you get what you pay for’ is very sound advice, especially when it comes to injectable fillers. Filler treatments at a significantly lower price tag might indicate lower quality – in either the product or the work by the physician. It’s important to always have your fillers completed in a professional, medical setting with sterilized equipment to reduce any complications – never compromise your safety or skin to save money!