Injectable Fillers

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Botox® Cosmetic, Calcium Hydroxylapatite, Collagen Injections, Collagen, Cosmetic Surgery, Face Procedures, Fat Fillers, Hylaform, Juvederm, Mesotherapy Skin, Plastic Surgery, Radiesse, Restylane, Skin Procedures, Wrinkle Treatment

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The support structure of your skin  is formed by natural proteins. Wrinkles begin to appear when these proteins thin. This loss is usually connected to aging, but smoking, exposure to the sun, pollution, health, heredity, and lifestyle may also be the cause.   The injectable fillers are substances that can be used to both lift lines and sculpt the face. They can fill wrinkles, scars, under-eye depressions, build up cheeks and chins, lift brows, and define and enlarge the lips. Injectable fillers are a popular treatment
and are administered by way of a simple injection treatment, for which no anaesthetic is required. 


There are many `fillers` available and in some cases it may be recommended that a combination of injectable fillers are used to treat or improve a particular condition. Some injectible  fillers require a skin test prior to treatment to ensure that you have no allergy to the product but in the last few years various products have become available which avoid the necessity for such an allergy test.

After treatment with injectable fillers, there are usually no visible effects and patients could therefore go straight back to work or to a social engagement, The areas best treated with these products are:
forehead lines - horizontal frown lines
glabeller lines - vertical frown lines between the eyebrows
crow`s feet or laughter lines - radiating away from the eyes
naso-labial lines - furrows running between mouth and nose
marionette lines - lines running down from the corners of the mouth
lips - by creating a fuller, more defined shape
facial scars - either from old injuries or acne scarring

Many doctors recommend that their patients try a temporary filler for their first few treatments, just to make sure it is providing them the results they want. If they are satisfied, they may want to opt for a permanent filler, so they don`t have to keep coming back.


Collagen injections replenishes the skin`s natural collagen. The natural beauty of your skin is enhanced as the contour of the support structure is restored.


Zyderm and Zyplast are bovine derived collagen products that replace the collagen your skin loses over time. Zyderm and Zyplast collagen are placed just beneath the skin, in the dermis where the body readily accepts it as its own.


CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast are bioengineered human collagen products that are used for similar indications as Zyderm and Zyplast but have the advantage of not requiring a skin test prior to the first treatment.


Collagen should be injected into your skin only by a trained health care professional. By supplementing your skin`s own collagen, collagen replacement therapy helps smooth facial lines as well as most types of scars.


Other Injectable fillers include Artecoll, which is a synthetic filler material. Because it`s synthetic, you are at higher risk of having an allergic reaction to it than if you got an injection of collagen or fat, but it lasts much longer than those options.


Autologen is an injection of your own collagen, extracted from another place on your body. There`s no risk of allergic reaction, however, the results are only temporary. This may be good for people who aren`t ready to commit to a permanent result.


Dermalogen is collagen extracted from deceased human donors. It`s also called injectable Human Tissue Matrix. This is also a temporary fix, but your body should not reject it.


Fascia injections use a specific type of connective tissue harvested either from your own body or from a deceased human donor. It can be implanted surgically or injected. The main drawback is that within a year of injection, your body will reabsorb the fascia.


Fat from your own thighs or abdomen can be also be injected. There`s no risk of allergic reaction and you may achieve permanent results. This can also be implanted surgically.


HylaForm is a material created from natural body substances. There`s no risk of infection, but you will need repeated treatments to maintain the result as it`s only a temporary fix.


Restylane is a clear gel. It contains hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in humans, so there`s little chance for an allergic reaction. It`s biodegradable, so your body will absorb it within about six months of the injection.


Restylane and Perlane are based on a non-animal hyaluronic acid. No pre-test in necessary is needed as one of it`s main components, hyaluronic acid, occurs naturally in the body. Perlane is a thicker gel than Restylane and good for deeper folds or for more pronounced lip sculpting.


Another injectable filler lasting even longer (about 2 years) is Radiesse. It consists of tiny micro spheres of a synthetic material called calcium hydroxyl apatite (30%) that is combined with a common hydro gel (70%) used in a vast array of products. While calcium hydroxyl apatite has similar chemical and structural characteristics as bone and teeth and therefore is naturally compatible with the body, the Radiesse material is synthetic and man-made similar to a calcium phosphate. Radiesse is used most for the deep folds that run from the nose down towards the corners of the mouth and for depressions under the mouth.

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Sculptra is an injectable filler material that adds volume to facial areas such as the cheeks, temples, the depressions under the eyes, and around the chin. Instead of plumping up the skin itself, Sculptra initiates an expansion of the body`s own collagen, resulting in long lasting, natural appearing results. It usually requires at least 2 treatments and the results are not immediately apparent but the effects can last several years.


Candidates for injectable filler procedures should be physically healthy and realistic in their expectations. Patients should be aware that most injectable fillers can improve or reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases rather than eliminate them altogether. The specific injectable filler that is right for you will depend upon several factors and is best determined with the help of a qualified plastic surgeon.


Injectable fillers are often administered in a surgeon’s office and usually take no more than forty-five minutes to complete. Some injectables will require multiple treatments spaced several weeks apart. A local or topical anesthetic or numbing agent may be administered before the filler is injected with a small needle beneath the skin of the treatment area. 


Side effects tend to be minimal with most injectable fillers. Bruising, swelling and redness may occur but typically fade within one to two days. Normal activities, including work, can usually be resumed right away. Results are temporary for most injectable fillers and will require periodic repeat treatment in order to maintain the effect.

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