If you have wrinkles and deep lines in your face, you may be considering wrinkle filler injections. Wrinkle fillers are distinct from products like Botox, which relaxes the underlying facial muscles. Instead, fillers are injected underneath wrinkles and lines to fill the space and essentially plump up the skin so that the wrinkle virtually disappears. Fillers can last anywhere from a few weeks to more than a year, depending on the product and area in which it is injected.
There are many fillers on the market and different wrinkles require different kinds of fillers. It is important that you go to a board certified dermatologist who is experienced with facial wrinkle fillers, like the doctors at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery. We recommend that you never accept filler treatments from non-doctors, as you cannot be assured of their skill, knowledge, or, in some cases, what they are actually injecting into your face.
A quick breakdown of wrinkle fillers…
Hyaluronic Acid Wrinkle Fillers
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that produced by bodies that helps skin stay soft and full. These types of fillers can last from several months to over a year. There is some evidence that hyaluronic acid fillers can help your body produce collagen, which will mean that your body will naturally support its skin tone over time. Hyaluronic fillers are the most popular kinds of wrinkle fillers.
Synthetic Wrinkle Fillers
Synthetic wrinkle fillers are made up of lab-made substances that do not appear naturally in the body. They have similar side effects to other fillers, but they are longer lasting and in some cases permanent. However, longer lasting products are often at a higher risk for side effects. Radiesse, Sculptra, and silicone are the main fillers in this category.
Collagen Wrinkle Fillers
Early wrinkle filler were made from processed collagen, generally extracted from cows. These fillers tend to last a shorter amount of time than other types of fillers and there is a higher rate of allergic reactions from collagen fillers that are still made from cow collagen. An allergy test should be performed before treatment with a natural-source collagen filler.
Autologous Wrinkle Fillers
Autologous fillers are fillers made up of the patient’s own fat cells, which have been removed from another part of the patient’s body. One huge benefit to autologous fillers, or microlipoinjections, is that there is no risk of allergic reaction, since the substance is from the patient’s own body. The procedure requires the doctor to use a thin, small needle to remove fat cells from another area of the patient’s body, like the abdomen, thighs, or arm. The fat cells are then cleaned and injected into the wrinkles on the face.