OK, maybe I’m a little bit vain. But as I get along in years, I start to be more self-conscious about my appearance. Especially wrinkles. Now I’m not really one to obsess about this kind of stuff, but as my girlfriend began mentioning it to me, I really started to wonder what my options were. So, of course, I decided to investigate. I mean, why not? After doing my own personal research into anti-aging products, skin creams (yes, I tried a few) and even plastic surgery, I settled on something that I figured could be effective, yet simple to do. I decided to check into facial fillers. And since I spent a good bit of time doing my research, I figured I didn’t just want that to go to waste. So I’m sharing it with you, too. Who knows, you might have a wrinkle or two that could benefit, eh?
Facial fillers are more properly known as wrinkle or skin fillers and are basically an array of safe injectables that are used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons to help patients get rid of their wrinkles and make the skin smoother and more appealing. There are various types of skin fillers, but to cover the common pros and cons of these fillers, we will take a look at synthetic, collagen based and hyaluronic acid skin fillers.
The best popular examples for each include Radiesse, Cosmoplast, and Restalyne respectively. Keep in mind that while the FDA has approved these injectables for safety, they carry some side effects and certain risks when used for wrinkle treatment. Ideally, they serve different purposes. Some are temporary fillers while others are used to hinder development of future lines. That being said, let us look at the advantages and disadvantages of these skin fillers.
Radiesse is a synthetic wrinkle filler that’s used to correct mild to severe wrinkles and folds on the face. It’s a volumizing skin filler, which is ideal for replacing the lost structure of the facial skin.
The best thing about this skin filler is that the results are instant, and that’s why it’s among the most popular injectables out there. It also has the ability to act as a scaffold under the facial skin, thus stimulating the growth of natural collagen and providing structure. Also, the results last over one year for most people, which makes it an ideal solution for long-lasting results.
Radiesse is not without its downsides, though. After the initial injection, the patient may experience swelling, bruising and even redness, among other irritating side effects. Severe side effects include firmness and unevenness of the injected location.
This is an example of collagen-based injectables, meaning it’s injected into the collagen layer. Ideally, the results of the product are immediate, and they last anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on the facial area being treated as well as the amount of collagen used for maximum results. Cosmoplast is particularly useful for smoothing delicate smile and frown lines and the fine creases prevalent around the eyes
The body usually absorbs the injected collagen and without regular treatments, the wrinkles tend to return. Also, injectable collagen can be dangerous to people with eczema, hay fever, and asthma.
This is an excellent example of a hyaluronic acid skin filler. This facial filler is formulated to act like naturally produced hyaluronic acid, which helps reduce the visibility of mild to sharp facial wrinkles and folds. It’s used to add volume as well as fullness to the facial skin and correct the visible facial folds and wrinkles. It’s ideally used to remove nasolabial folds. The results are ideally instant, and they last up to 18 months after the first treatment.
After the injection, you may experience redness, bruising, tenderness and even swelling. However, these are usually mild and last for less than a week or two. Swelling is more prevalent in people under the age of 36 and bruising is common in patients over 35 years. Also, if the doctor injects the filler into a blood vessel, it can damage the skin, although that is rare.
These are the common pros and cons of the most popular skin fillers. It’s always best to consult your physician before settling on a particular treatment so that they can advise the best facial filler for you.