Do you ever look in the mirror and wish you could restore that magical glow of your youth? Fortunately, injectables can help. With dermal fillers rising in popularity, you’re probably familiar with some names of various fillers and how they give your friends or family members an amazing new look. But along with adding volume to deflated areas of the body and smoothing out wrinkles, injectables have many more benefits. Fillers are ideal for plumping, firming, and moisturizing skin. You might think it’s magic at work when you leave the doctor’s office looking years younger, but there’s actually a lot of science that goes on behind the scenes!
Types Of Injectables
There are many fillers on the market, and more come out on a regular basis. Within the broad class of injectables, there are several sub-categories. This includes hyaluronic acid fillers, synthetic fillers, and collagen fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance produced by the body. It’s responsible for giving skin a youthful glow and volume. The body’s levels of hyaluronic acid start to decline with age, which is when dermal fillers step in. When you schedule an appointment for a hyaluronic filler, you’ll notice that the portions of your face that had the injection look noticeably smoother, younger, and fuller. Two popular brands of hyaluronic acid injectables are Juvederm and Restylane. While research is ongoing, according to WebMD, some studies have shown that with repeated and long-term injections, the body may actually start to produce more hyaluronic acid after getting fillers. This means that the areas treated with a filler stay fuller and more youthful looking for a longer period of time.
Collagen fillers are another type of filler that your doctor might mention. Collagen is a substance found in the body that gives skin its elasticity, radiance, and overall healthy appearance. Over time, the body stops producing as much collagen, which causes wrinkles to form and once voluminous areas of the skin to deflate. Collagen fillers use processed and refined bovine skin to eliminate scars, lines, and wrinkles on the face. Along with coming from cow skin, collagen is produced naturally by humans. It is a substance that supports cell and tissue growth throughout the body, including the tendons and ligaments, in addition to the skin. Collagen works wonders in naturally and artificially plumping skin through injections, but it does break down and dissolve over time. Therefore, repeat injections are essential to keep your skin looking voluminous and radiant. Some collagen fillers on the market, which you may have heard of, are Zyderm, Evolence, Fibrel, and Zyplast.
In addition to collagen and bovine fillers, (which are considered “natural” fillers, as they’re made with substances that the human body naturally creates), are synthetic fillers. Synthetic fillers are made with artificial components that are created in a lab. Unlike natural fillers, which are absorbed into the body again, synthetic fillers are considered more permanent because they do not get broken down or re-absorbed into the body. Despite being made from different ingredients, synthetic fillers have a similar function to that of natural fillers. Like natural fillers, they are designed to plump up the skin and give it a rejuvenated appearance. Synthetic fillers are often recommended for people who have already tried less permanent fillers and know that they like the way fillers look. They are primarily used to erase wrinkles and other signs of ageing, but they can also be used to restore volume in areas of the face where it’s been lost. Synthetic injectables that are used by plastic surgeons include Bellafill, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
How Do You Choose An Injectable?
Working with an experienced practitioner, such as a board-certified plastic surgeon or a highly trained dermatologist, you will decide on the right injectable based on your cosmetic goals, your skin, and any personal history of allergies. When you arrive for an appointment to discuss dermal fillers, your physician will go over all the different kinds that are available and how they can enhance your look. Collagen fillers are a good choice for people who are new to injectables and aren’t quite sure yet if they’ll like the end result. Since collagen fillers are reabsorbed by the body, any look that they produce that you’re not happy with can be reversed. Collagen fillers tend to produce a smoother and more natural look than some injectables, and they are less likely to create an adverse reaction, which makes them a safe choice for patients who aren’t sure how they react, both physically and emotionally, to injectables.
Hyaluronic fillers have a similar lifespan to collagen fillers, which also makes them suitable for “beginner” injectable patients. Hyaluronic fillers, like collagen fillers, can stimulate the body to produce more of its own volumizing substance, which means that you may need fewer injections over time. Since they’re made of a natural substance, hyaluronic fillers are also considered fairly safe in terms of not producing an allergic reaction. Their effects are also reversible, which means that any look you don’t want will not be permanent.
The third type of synthetic fillers, which are synthetic fillers, are best for individuals who are familiar with the look of more temporary collagen or hyaluronic acid fillers and know they like the look. Since synthetic materials carry a higher risk of an allergic reaction, they are not recommended for people with certain allergies and skin sensitivities.
Do Injectables Hurt?
When you go in for injections, your physician will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area first before injecting the filler. The entire procedure will take about 10-20 minutes, depending on how much of your face you choose to have injected. After the procedure, you may have some minor swelling, redness, and bruising. You may also be advised to avoid strenuous exercise and avoid excessive sun exposure for 24 hours after the injection. You’ll probably be advised to use ice packs and perhaps take over-the-counter painkillers to minimize pain and discomfort. But that’s it! For many people, the advantage of injectables over more invasive procedures is that they have minimal downtime and don’t have the lengthy recovery process that more invasive procedures require. Furthermore, the benefits of injectables are many, and they are long-lasting. Using collagen or hyaluronic fillers, which may stimulate the body to produce more of the same volumizing substances, or synthetic fillers, which create more permanent volume and erase signs of ageing, you really can’t go wrong.
When you’re ready to enhance your appearance, get in touch with a qualified plastic surgeon to meet your aesthetic goals and boost your self-esteem. Dr. Andrew Jacono is one of New York’s premier plastic surgeon and is known for his advanced approach to non-surgical and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation with flawless, yet natural results. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Jacono’s practice, please go to http://www.newyorkfacialplasticsurgery.com
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