If you wanted to get rid of sagging, wrinkled skin twenty years ago, there was just one way to do it and that was, going under the knife for a facelift. However today, there are a wide range of dermal fillers that can be injected into those marionette lines, crow’s feet, furrows between the brows, and thinning lips, taking years off your face. The best part is that all this can be done even during lunch hours, without invasive surgery and with very little recovery time. Dermal fillers for wrinkles have dramatically changed the game in recent years.
Fillers are not miracle-workers. They won’t work if there is too much sagging. However, a lot of men and women are seeking newfound youthfulness with the popular dermal fillers available today. Fillers work under the skin to replace elasticity and help plump up sagging skin, as compared to older techniques which tended to tighten and flatten facial appearance. The common question in everyone’s mind is; which one to use.
There are a number of dermal fillers available in the market today. Restylane, Perlane, Prevelle Silk and Juvederm are some of the common fillers available today. They are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that is essential for plump and youthful-looking skin.
With the introduction of Restylane came non animal-based hyaluronic acid fillers.
Before Restylane, fillers for wrinkles were made using animal products like bovine collagen (obtained from cows), silicone, or body fat. Hyaluronic acid fillers are a much better option as the body naturally produces the chemical. It rarely causes an allergic reaction and offers a smoother and more natural appearance.
Dealing with sun damage, various skin textures, and varying ages as well as genetic and metabolic factors, not to mention the doctor’s preferences and skill with fillers; the filler that works best is decided on a case-by-case basis.
It’s good to ask the doctor the reason why he/she has recommended any particular filler, whether it is FDA approved and how many times he/she has injected it. Since all fillers have a slightly different consistency, the doctor should understand how deep to inject it, and be comfortable with the type of needle being used and other factors associated with that particular filler.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, fillers such as Restylane and Perlane have seen an increase of 110 % in procedures performed in the last 3 years. On the other hand, B Injection does not fill wrinkles, and instead reduces the muscular contractions that cause them. It has seen an increase of 115 %. As compared to this, face-lifts have only seen an increase of 20% within the same period of time.
The average cost for fillers is $800 per session. Compare that to a face-lift, which could run into thousands. In this economy, some people do not want to pay for a facelift, but still want to look good. As a result, they opt for dermal fillers for lips or under eye fillers that are affordable, non-invasive and very effective.
Doctors say that people who regularly use facial fillers can put off a face-lift for almost a decade. Of course, there is always a downside to everything and fillers are no exception. They are temporary (lasting from a few months to a year), swelling and bruising is common, and some patients could experience allergic reactions.
However, they are certainly an option worth considering!