The natural aging process causes the skin to become loose and sag. The loss of proteins and fat in the skin layer causes wrinkles. Injectable fillers are substances that doctors inject into the skin to change its appearance.
The gel-like substances offer a minimally invasive option to treat wrinkles by mimicking the skin’s natural structure. The treatment is popular, with over one million people getting fillers every year. If you have some wrinkles that you want to get rid of, you need to find out how fillers work.
GETTING DERMAL FILLERS
Unlike Botox® that relaxes the muscles in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fillers plump up the skin, adding fullness or volume. Fillers help smooth out the skin, and the results usually last longer than Botox®. The results of the filler treatment will usually appear within hours after the procedure. Fillers are a less-invasive and less costly option compared to facial surgery.
TYPES OF DERMAL FILLERS
Several types of fillers get rid of wrinkles. The different fillers work in different ways. They include hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, collagen stimulator, polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres, and autologous fat injections. Most of the fillers are not permanent, the results lasting months.
However, autologous fat injections can be permanent. The filler material used is natural and comes from the patient’s body. Doctors extract and inject fat from your tummy or buttocks into the areas going through the treatment.
WHERE FILLERS ARE USED
Different types of fillers will be used depending on the part of the body that requires volume. The skin specialist will recommend the best filler depending on your skin condition and your specific requirements.
Fillers can treat deep wrinkles, the under-eye area, smile lines or nasolabial, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Fillers can also be used on the cheeks, chin, lips, hands, and chest or decolletage. Wrinkles in these areas are treated using different types of fillers.
BENEFITS OF DERMAL FILLERS
Fillers have measurable benefits for the skin. Most people who get fillers report ending up with fewer wrinkles and fine lines and a younger-looking complexion. The bone structure is more visible after the treatment.
People with visible signs of aging can benefit from fillers. The treatment is straightforward, and it is very effective. Hyaluronic acid can help soften scar tissue while adding volume to the injected site.
SIDE EFFECTS OF FILLERS
Some people experience some side effects after getting fillers. The side effects are usually mild, and they are easy to manage. The effects occur on the injection site, and they include bruising, itching, swelling, and pain. The side effects usually last a few days after the treatment.
There are some rare cases where individuals experience more serious side effects. The rare effects include clumping of the filler substance, filler migration, headaches, infections, vision problems, and allergies. The filler material used will determine the side effects experienced.
It is important to remember that dermal fillers are a temporary solution for treating wrinkles. On-going treatments will be necessary to maintain the results on a long-term basis.
For more on how fillers work on wrinkles, visit Beverly Hills Aesthetics at our office in Los Angeles, California. You can call 424-284-8933 today to schedule an appointment.