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Facial Fillers for Wrinkles: All Your Questions Answered

Winter is here and that means our skin needs more tender loving care than ever. The low temperatures may give you the perfect opportunity to wear that fabulous outfit with oh so many layers, but it also makes your skin dry and flaky. So while your brand new parka may be keeping you nice and warm, your face is left out in the cold. 

Bitter winds and extremely cold temperatures are your skin’s worst enemy. Restore moisture and a youthful glow to your face with dermal facial fillers. As with any cosmetic treatment, we encourage you to do your research and discover the best option for your particular needs. Below, you will find answers to all your questions regarding dermal fillers and explain why they are the go-to injectable treatment in Newport Beach, CA.

What are facial fillers?

Facial fillers are cosmetic substances such as collagen and hyaluronic acid that specialists inject into the face to plump up the tissue underneath the skin to reduce or eliminate wrinkles. According to the FDA, dermal facial fillers are considered non-invasive treatments. They can be broken down into four main categories:

  • Hyaluronic acid: a substance that our body produces naturally.
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite: a type of mineral that exists in our bones.
  • Poly-L-lactic acid: a biodegradable, synthetic injectable that stimulates your skin to produce collagen.
  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads: the only filler that your body can’t absorb.

The results of this treatment are permanent.

What do fillers do to your face?

Our skin begins to lose elasticity throughout the years, and our muscles and fat begin to thin. These changes cause wrinkles and make the skin look and feel less smooth. Facial fillers combat the signs of aging by filling in wrinkles and giving your face a smoother appearance. Different types of fillers can treat varying signs of aging or other age-related cosmetic issues. Dermal fillers can plump up thinning lips, fill in shallow areas on the face, reduce the wrinkles under the eyes and the mouth, and even soften the look of recessed scars.

How long do facial fillers last?

Just like with any other cosmetic procedure, results will vary. However, one of the advantages of these injectables is that they are less painful and longer-lasting than other alternatives on the market. While some products metabolize faster and last around 6 months, deep injections may last as long as a year, and a handful of the latest products may last up to two years.

  • Juvederm Vollure XC - Up to 18 months
  • Juvederm XC - Up to 18 months
  • Juvederm Voluma - 12 to 24 months
  • Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus - 6 to 12 months
  • Juvederm Volbella - Around 12 months
  • Restylane Defyne - 6 to 12 months
  • Restylane-L - 5 to 7 months
  • Radiesse - Around 12 months
  • Sculptra - Up to 24 months
  • Ultra XC - Around 12 months
  • Lyft with Lidocaine - Around 12 months

Are fillers bad for your face?

In the right hands, dermal fillers are both safe and effective. But each of these treatments has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, which means that one may be better suited to a specific area of the face or desired result than another. Choosing the correct type of facial filler necessitates the help of a trained medical professional who can assess your needs in order to meet your expectations. Of course, non-surgical procedures are not without side effects. According to the FDA, the most common side effects are bruising, redness, pain, or swelling, which should disappear within two weeks. Although rare, some people may experience raised bumps under their skin which may require treatment with injections, medications, or surgical removal.

Should I hold off on getting filler treatment with the rapid advancement of non-surgical cosmetic options?

Although laser treatments have benefited from new technologies, resulting in less downtime and even providing longer-lasting results than injectables, facial fillers will always have a place in the realm of cosmetic treatments. They are easy to use, relatively predictable, and a great alternative to cosmetic surgery. If you are interested in facial dermal fillers, please feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.