If you’re just now starting to think about reviving your appearance with injectables like dermal fillers, you may feel like a late-comer to a decades-long party. Don’t worry. We’re here to help you sort through the sea of solutions to your cosmetic concerns. In the last several years, numerous products have been developed, all with tiny nuances that may be difficult to pinpoint without doing hours of homework. Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Quintana has done that work, so you don’t have to.
All in a Day’s Work
Dermal fillers work in a specific way to reduce the signs of aging. Just how a given filler works will depend on whether it is natural or synthetic. Both are safe. Both are effective. They just achieve results through different means.
A large number of treatments are performed with natural filler products like Juvederm. Fillers in this family of products are prepared with hyaluronic acid. This substance occurs naturally in the body, and it supports the skin by acting as a catalyst for moisture. A hyaluronic acid filler, when injected into superficial tissues, will invite water molecules to each particle of the product. When they bind together, these particles and molecules of water plump up the skin, perfecting the surface.
Synthetic fillers, such as Radiesse, work differently, though they achieve a similar effect. This particular filler contains calcium hydroxyapatite granules. When introduced to connective tissue just beneath the skin, these granules create a scaffolding that lifts and plumps. The calcium hydroxyapatite also creates a gentle disruption of fibroblasts, which brings more collagen into the area. The immediate results that are attained with this product are supported months later with this new collagen.
What Dermal Fillers Can Do
Dermal fillers work from a completely different perspective than Botox, the other popular injectable. Fillers plump, while Botox relaxes. The mechanism of fillers makes these products well-suited to various cosmetic concerns, including:
- Hollow cheeks or temples
- Under eye puffiness and lines
- Smile lines and creases around the nose
- Mid-facial volume loss, flat cheeks
- Thin lips or loss of lip volume