While neuromodulators affect the nerves and prevent (or calm) wrinkles by interfering with the proper functioning of the nerve path, the thought process behind injectable fillers is completely different. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, many visible signs of aging can be traced back to the loss of volume in the face. Said another way: As facial tissues thin out, lines become etched around the nose and mouth, and cheeks look a little hollow. Fillers can help:
- Diminish vertical lip lines
- Enhance and restore volume in sunken cheeks or temples
- Improve symmetry among facial features
- Plump and enhance the lips
- Smooth out chin creases
- Smooth outlines around the nose and mouth
Dermal fillers are gel-based substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. More than one million men and women annually choose such popular facial rejuvenation treatments, which can be a cost-effective, minimally invasive way to look younger without surgery or downtime.
The active ingredients in today’s most popular and effective fillers include:
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
- Poly-L-lactic Acid
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)
The professional team at Cleanz offers a large selection of dermal fillers and is happy to consult with each client to determine which product is best suited to help achieve their desired results.
Radiesse® is an FDA-approved CaHA filler. Available as a smooth gel, the consistency of a Radiesse is typically heavier than some other fillers, and visible results last longer as well, about 12 months for most patients. Calcium hydroxylapatite also helps stimulate natural collagen production and is typically used for deeper lines and wrinkles.
Popular products containing Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance already found in our skin, are plentiful and include:
- Juvéderm® products (Juvéderm XC, VOLUMA, VOLBELLA, and VOLLURE)
- Restylane® products (Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne)
- Belotero Balance®
Hyaluronic acid is particularly good at keeping skin plump and hydrated, and fillers that feature hyaluronic acid are typically soft and gel-like. Cosmetic results are temporary yet long-lasting. Most people can expect 6 to 12 months or longer to pass before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles.
FDA-approved Sculptra Aestetic® is unique on many fronts: Poly-L-lactic acid, its active ingredient, is a biocompatible, biodegradable, and synthetic substance that has been used for many years in medical devices, such as dissolvable stitches. Poly-L-lactic acid products are “collagen stimulators,” and their primary mechanism to smooth fine lines is by helping your skin rebuild natural collagen; the gel itself dissipates a few days after treatment. Sculptra Aesthetic is most successful in treating deeper facial wrinkles. Results can last more than 2 years.
Bellafill® is the only current FDA-approved dermal filler that contains PMMA, another synthetic, biocompatible substance that has been used in medicine for decades. In dermal fillers, PMMA takes the form of a “microsphere” that remains beneath the skin indefinitely to provide continued structural support. PMMA fillers also contain collagen, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that provides additional structure and firmness.