Injectable fillers are a quick, cost efficient way to rejuvenate your face in less than 5 minutes. Fillers can be injected underneath the skin to “fill” in wrinkles, just as fillers are used to correct dents on a car. These fillers can be used to fill in smile lines, plump up lips, and even fill in the troughs under the lower eyelids. Different fillers agents last for different lengths of time; anywhere from 6 months to over 14 months depending on the filler used and the location where it is injected.
Why Injectable Fillers?
Injectables are a quick, simple way to enhance your appearance with no downtime. Unlike surgical procedures such as a face lift, fillers can rejuvenate your appearance while you are on your lunch hour. There are a variety of different injectable fillers that are used specifically in areas around the face and neck.
What are the different types of fillers?
Restylane® and Juvederm®
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring compound in the body. It is the same compound that lubricating joint fluid is made of as well as connective tissues. This same compound is synthesized in the lab, purified, and can be injected. Examples of products in this category include Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®.
These filler agents can be injected into the smile lines, lips, and the troughs under the lower eyelids. These agents can last from 6 months to over 1 year depending on the type of filler and where it is injected.
Types of Restylane include Restylane®, Restylane Silk®, Restylane Lyft®, Restylane Refyne®, and Restylane Defyne®. All of these types of Restylane® are similar in that they are composed of hyaluronic acid. However, the cross-linking and “thickness” of these different types of Restylane® are different. Therefore, they can be used for different things like filling in a tiny line around the lips all the way to lifting cheeks up depending on the type of product used. This is another reason why a skilled medical practitioner should assess your face and make a recommendation on what the best product for your face would be.
Radiesse® is a semi-permanent filler composed of microscopic particles of hydroxyapatite crystals, a naturally occurring chemical in the body. This filler can be injected into the smile lines, the creases in front of the jowls, and can sometimes be used to add a little volume to the chin. Radiesse® can also be used on the back surfaces of the hands to add volume and camouflage prominent tendons and veins. RADIESSE can last anywhere from 12-15 months.
Where can Fillers be used?
Fillers are very versatile and can be used in multiple locations. Here’s a short list of where fillers can be used.
• In the glabella to further smoothen out an etched line after Botox®
• In the under eye region (Ocu Rx)
• In the cheeks to lift the face
• In the smile lines
• In the lips (Lip augmentation)
• Along the jaw line
• In the chin