Injectable treatments are popular for a number of reasons. They’re effective, convenient, safe, non-invasive, low cost, and most people are candidates for treatment. Behind Botox, various soft tissue fillers are some of the most popular treatments in the United States, with millions of sessions performed every year. Fillers have come a long way in the last few decades, and their use has evolved since the first products appeared on the market. So what are fillers used for today, and what are some of the ways in which they are evolving over time?
What are Fillers?
Fillers are injectable, synthetic products used for temporary facial rejuvenation. They can be made with a number of different substances, but the majority of fillers use some form of synthetic hyaluronic acid, a sugar that is also found naturally in the skin.
The classic use for injectable fillers is improving deep static wrinkles, literally filling in these areas for smoother, more youthful skin. This is still the main reason people seek treatment with injectable fillers, and these products do an excellent job of reducing the impact of these wrinkles on a temporary basis.
Facial volume loss is one of the major signs of aging, and can make the face look aged, tired, and sunken very quickly. Restoring volume is an important rejuvenation technique that has come to the forefront of plastic surgery in the last few years. Fillers have become an option for subtly restoring facial volume where it is needed, though this technique can only do so much for people with significant volume loss. These patients may want to consider a more in-depth treatment.
The latest development in modern fillers has been the focus on new formulas targeted toward specific needs. Instead of new fillers that tackle multiple issues, such as generic facial wrinkles and volume loss, companies like Juvederm and Restylane are releasing products like Juvederm XC (specifically designed to treat volume loss in the cheeks for up to two years) and Restylane Silk (designed for lip enhancement, augmentation, and rejuvenation). These new products speak to the trends of customization in plastic surgery, and help patients get the results they want.
One of the best aspects of treatment with injectable fillers is the simplicity and non-invasive nature of the procedure. Generally, only topical anesthesia is needed to keep the patient comfortable, if any is used at all. The plastic surgeon uses a fine needle to carefully inject the fillers into the areas in which they are needed. Though the process takes more skill than it might seem on the surface, the treatments themselves are very quick, typically lasting only a few minutes. Patients can expect some minor swelling and bruising after the procedure, but this should subside quickly.
Choosing Your Filler
Because of the sheer number of injectable products that are FDA approved and available to patients, choosing the right filler for you can be a challenge. This is where a qualified plastic surgeon comes in. You should choose a provider who can help you make the right decision, as well as give you great results from your chosen filler. Most reputable plastic surgeons offer many different fillers, and are skilled in creating long-lasting, beautiful results with injectable fillers.
If you are looking for an expert in Birmingham or Dearborn, Michigan, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and meet with Dr. Haitham Masri. He has over 25 years of experience, and take patients’ individual needs seriously. To schedule a free consultation with Dr. Masri, call (866-487-3223) today.