What Are Injectable Fillers?
Injectables are an appealing option for patients with early to moderate signs of aging, and others who are not quite ready for surgery. A local anesthetic is all that may be required and the in-office sessions usually take less than 45 minutes. Immediately afterwards the patient can continue on with his or her normal routine. Patients have their choice of injectables that produce results ranging from temporary, semi-permanent or permanent.
Those who are looking to turn the clock back, without having to go under a knife, have taken the route of dermal injections. Dermal fillers can be injected into the face in order to erase any wrinkles and unsightly marks that may bother the individual. Along with filling in these fine lines, dermal fillers also have the ability to increase volume in the areas that they are injected. Due to their volume increasing properties, many dermal filler patients have opted to increase the size of their lips with a dermal injection. Unlike other facial injections, dermal fillers do not contain any muscle relaxing attributes.
Dermal fillers began to grow in popularity because of the simplicity associated with the procedure. Unlike cosmetic surgery, the recovery time, and cost, is significantly less. It was not until the 1980’s that the use of dermal fillers began to increase. Thanks to approval from the FDA, an animal derived, injectable collagen was beginning to be used, and a human one was developed several years after. Today, though, many of the popular fillers are derived from hyaluronic acid derivatives.
Types of Injectable Fillers
We use Botox, a muscle relaxant, to treat crow’s feet around the eyes, the forehead and frown lines, and the banding in the neck. Using a hair strand thin needle to give a few tiny injections into the offending muscles, wrinkles or creases are smoothed out. Typically, results last about 4 months. Some patients on a regular maintenance program report going as long as six months before needing another treatment.
Injectable fillers, such as Restylane, Hylaform gel, Sculptra and collagen products, work well in softening wrinkles and smiles lines, the nasiolabial folds, plumping or augmenting the lips, and filling in lip lines. We also use them to restore volume in the jaw line, and to fill the hollows under the eyes that create the impression of dark circles. Depending upon the injectable, a single session or a series of treatments spaced several weeks apart will accomplish optimum results. Injectables are also adjuvant procedures in some cosmetic surgeries.
We are continually investigating new materials to add to our armamentarium of safe, effective treatments as they become available. For example, Silicone and Radiesse are two long lasting fillers not yet approved for cosmetic purposes by the FDA. Their applications are interchangeable with the most popular FDA approved cosmetic fillers, and produce comparable results. With most injectables, patients are able to immediately return to their normal routine. Injectables which provide only temporary results will require repeat treatments in order to maintain the improvement. There are generally very few side effects associated with injectables.