When we are young we have natural facial fat pads that are plump and unaffected by gravity. As we age those fat pads shrink and gravity pulls our facial skin and muscles downward. Also movement of our muscles cause skin wrinkles. Volumizing fillers help restore volume to our cheeks and lips which help correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds and improve facial shaping and contouring. The application of any facial filler is as much art as it is science.
Fillers restore volume to the lips and add fullness to the cheeks to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, and to provide facial shaping and contouring. The application of any facial filler is as much art as it is science.
How are volumizing fillers different from each other?
Juvederm®, Belotero Balance®, Restylane® and Voluma® are comprised of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body's connective tissues. Its supply dwindles with age. These fillers are used to treat superficial or fine lines.
Radiesse®, contains a component naturally found in our bones and teeth but does not contain animal collagen. Radiesse® provides a volume replacement to wrinkles, folds and sunken depressions and stimulates the body to produce new collagen.
Sculptra® Aesthetic collagen stimulators are used to diminish facial wrinkles by helping to restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin. Results appear gradually over the treatment regime (typically three injections over the course of three to four months) and can last up to two years.
How long do volumizing fillers last?
Fillers with Hyaluronic Acid last from 6-12 months or longer. Fillers with calcium based components can last 12-18 months. Fillers with collagen based components can last up to 2 years.
Are there side effects from fillers?
Most side effects following injectable fillers are mild to moderate in nature lasting seven days or less. The most common include, but are not limited to, temporary site reactions such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, bruising, itching and discoloration. Rare side effects are small lumps/bumps that may form under the skin when the filler may move from the place where it was injected, risk of infection at the site of injection, or injection into a blood vessel causing tissue damage/necrosis.
Is it uncomfortable to be injected?
Topical local anesthetic can be used prior to the administration of filler if needed. Most fillers have a local anesthetic in them which is adequate for most clients.