Getting wrinkles and lines is almost always part of the aging process. Years of sun exposure, smoking, facial movements and general changes in your body can lead to facial wrinkles. Fortunately, you don’t have to look in the mirror and see your lines every day. Injectable fillers can help to minimize wrinkles temporarily, without the need for surgery.
There’s more to fillers than initially meets the eye. There are several to choose from, and the choices can get a little overwhelming. Different fillers contain different ingredients. Additionally, they often treat different types of wrinkles or signs of facial aging.
What Fillers Can Do
An injectable filler can help to reduce the appearance of certain lines and wrinkles. Typically, injectable fillers treat static wrinkles. Those are wrinkles that form as a result of volume loss or the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin.
Fillers can do more than just treat wrinkles, though. Some people decide to get injections to restore volume loss in their face, particularly in the cheek area.
Another popular use for fillers is to add natural-looking volume to the lips. Here’s what you need to know about the most popular fillers available on the market today.
Hyaluronic Acid: An Ideal Filler
One of the primary ways that fillers differ from each other is in terms of their ingredients. One of the most popular active ingredients in today’s fillers is hyaluronic acid.
Your body produces hyaluronic acid naturally. When you’re young, you tend to have a lot of it. It’s what makes the skin of babies and toddlers so plump, soft, and smooth. But as you get older, production of hyaluronic acid drops off, making skin look thinner and making wrinkles more visible.
Despite its name, hyaluronic acid isn’t actually an acid. Instead, it’s a type of sugar. When it’s used in an injection, it can either be a thin, clear, smooth gel or a thick, viscous gel. Thicker versions of hyaluronic acid, such as Juvederm Voluma, are used to add volume to the cheeks. The thicker gel tends to provide longer lasting results. For example, results from an injection of Voluma can last for up to two years. Thinner versions of the filler, such as Juvederm, can be used to fill in laugh lines and other wrinkles near the mouth and nose, and last from 4-12 months on average.
Different Filler Options
Collagen is another type of filler option. Like hyaluronic acid, your body naturally produces collagen, a type of protein. Production drops as you get older, causing the skin to sag and age. Although it’s not as popular these days, collagen can be used to add volume to the lips or to fill in certain lines on the face.
Bellafill is an example of a collagen filler. It also includes PMMA microspheres, which help to extend the life of your results by encouraging the production of collagen in the body even after the initial injection wears off. Bellafill can help to treat the nasolabial folds or acne scars. When used to fill in the nasolabial folds, it can provide results for up to five years.
One more filler option is Radiesse, which contains calcium hydroxylapatite, a type of mineral. Since the main ingredient in Radiesse is a mineral, the filler is heavier than most other options. It’s usually used to treat deeper lines and creases on the face. Like Bellafill, Radiesse provides immediate lift and volume in the area where it’s injected. It also stimulates collagen production, so that results usually last even after the initial injection has worn off.
Other Injectables That Treat Wrinkles
You might have noticed that Botox, one of the most popular injectables, wasn’t included above. That’s because although it is an type of injection, it’s not a type of filler. Botox works on dynamic wrinkles, which are created as a result of repeated facial movements. Instead of “filling in” lines and wrinkles, it temporarily prevents you from making the movements associated with them.
When a trained and experienced injector performs the treatment, the results are subtle. You won’t look like you have a “frozen” face, but the treatment will smooth out stubborn lines.
Depending on your specific needs, you might be able to combine Botox with fillers or you might be able to combine different types of filler injections with each other.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Fillers
At the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. Masri Clinic offers a variety of injectables, including fillers and Botox, to patients at practice locations in Birmingham and Dearborn, Michigan. To schedule a consultation with the Masri Clinic and learn more about your filler options, call (866) 487-3223.