If you wanted to get rid of wrinkly, loose & sagging skin twenty years ago, there was basically just one way to do it; go under the knife for a facelift. However, today there is a wide range of dermal fillers available that can be injected into thinning lips, unsightly crow’s feet, marionette lines, and furrows between the eyebrows. This takes years off the face and makes you look much younger.
The best part about dermal on face is that it can be done even during lunch hours, without invasive surgery and with very little recovery time. Fillers have dramatically changed the game! According to doctors, patients who regularly use dermal on face can put off a face-lift for at least a decade. ‘’ 20 years from now, I may not be going in for facelifts at all,” says a leading plastic surgeon based in New York.
What Can Fillers Do?
As compared to old techniques that tended to tighten and flatten the appearance of the face, fillers work under the skin to plump up sagging skin and replace elasticity. When done right, the look is more youthful and natural in comparison to what was previously attainable. However, when done incorrectly, the face looks out of proportion and contour problems such as lumps become noticeable.
The Options
There are a growing number of both women and men seeking newfound youthfulness and market competitiveness in a youth oriented culture; who are interested in today’s popular dermal fillers. However, with so many dermal filler types available in the market today, the big question is; which one do you choose. Well, here are the options:
Restylane, Juvederm, Prevelle Silk and Perlane dermal filler are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that is essential for plump and youthful looking skin. With the introduction of Restylane, non animal based hyaluronic acid filler injections came into the market in 1996.
Hyaluronic acid filler injections
Prior to Restylane, fillers were made from animal products like bovine collagen (obtained from cows), body fat (live and sometimes unpredictable substance) and silicone (sometimes toxic). Among fillers hyaluronic acid is often a better option, since the body already produces this chemical naturally. Used as a dermal filler, hyaluronic acid hardly ever causes an allergic reaction and effectively offers a smoother, younger and more natural appearance.
Doctors agree that while the optimal age for patients to begin with fillers is in the 40s and early 50s, this can differ from patient to patient and depends upon individual situations and expectations. For instance, in a place like Hollywood, celebrities constantly want to look younger, even if they are in their 20s and 30s.
Getting doctors to agree on much else is not easy. All have their own opinions on the various fillers available today, and often they differ. For instance, take Evolence, which contains porcine collagen. Some doctors say it is amazing because it does not cause bruising. However, there are other dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons who that feel Evolence is a product which has “no advantages” over what is already available on the market.
While some doctors feel perlane dermal filler lasts longer than Restylane, others disagree. Perlane is FDA approved to only last for 6 months, while Restylane is approved for lasting up to 18 months (with repeated injections). Whilst some products like Radiesse claim to promote the reproduction of collagen, some doctors say that any injection generates collagen because the body produces more collagen to fence off the foreign substance.
Everyone wants the longest lasting fillers, but the truth is likely somewhere in between. While considering patients’ age, individual skin texture, sun damage as well as genetic and metabolic factors, the filler which works best is judged on a case-by-case basis. Since fillers have a slightly different consistency, it’s best to ask the doctor why he/she recommends particular fillers and let him/her decide which filler is best for you.