As their name implies, dermal fillers “fill” lines, creases, wrinkles, and recessed scars. They can return the volume to sunken cheeks and plump the lips. They can even be used in combination to provide a “liquid facelift”. Fillers can also complement surgeries such as facelifts or brow lifts.
There are different types of fillers, made from different substances. Each targets a specific area such as adding volume to the cheeks or filling laugh lines.
How Can Dermal Fillers Help Me?
At Saltz Plastic Surgery and Saltz Spa Vitoria in Salt Lake City & Park City, Utah, we look at fillers as another tool for combating the aging process. Fillers are excellent for addressing static wrinkles and folds — those that show themselves at all times — whereas BOTOX® is the king of dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle contractions. Patients can use fillers to “demo” some of the changes temporarily that surgical procedures would create permanently. But the results gained with fillers, like BOTOX®, are temporary. Eventually, the body will absorb the filler and the wrinkle or crease will reappear, or the cheeks will lose volume. So, you should think of fillers as an ongoing maintenance project.
Facial Fillers Categories
There are two categories of dermal fillers: temporary and semi-permanent. The only permanent solutions at this point are procedures like facelifts and brow lifts.
Temporary fillers include the following:
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite
- Polylactic Acid
Semi-permanent fillers include PMMA (polymethyl-methacrylate) microspheres that are suspended in 80% purified collagen gel.
All of these fillers provide different benefits and target different conditions. In your consultation, Dr. Saltz will discuss your options with you at either his Salt Lake City or Park City office.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Juvederm, Volbella, Vollure, and Voluma (among others) are hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body (in fact, it can be found in almost every living thing) that is responsible for skin hydration and support. Hyaluronic acid attracts and binds to water molecules to add volume where injected. And because it is a naturally occurring substance, it is compatible with the body. Different hyaluronic acid fillers have different thicknesses, making some better for adding volume and some better for fine wrinkles such as around the lips and nasolabial folds.
Dermal fillers don’t need any recovery time. You may experience some redness at the injection sites, but that’s about the extent of it. Any reactions are very rare.
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