An Overview Of Dermal Fillers

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Dermal fillers are substance used for cosmetic enhancement. These substances include collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, polymers, and others. New substances are being used all the time. Donor fat tissue or one's own fat can also be used. Substances used are usually synthetic materials, although, as mentioned, fat can be used. Dermal filler brand names include Juvederm, Artefill, Radiesse, Hylaform and Restylane.

Dermal fillers are used to eliminate crow's feet, wrinkles, to enhance features, to reduce acne scars or scars from injuries or to reduce gauntness due to illness or aging. Cheeks, lips, around the eyes, the bridge of the nose and the jaw line are common areas for the injection of dermal fillers. Patients can get similar and permanent results from facelifts but dermal fillers are much less invasive and their effects are easily reversible. Sometimes a dermatologist might choose to combine several different fillers. A dermatologist can mix a combination of fillers that is specifically tailored to each patient's need. Different fillers have different properties and some have longer lasting effects than others.

Hyaluronic acid binds with water to give skin more volume and, like human collagen, doesn't need to be skin tested. This makes these substances of preference by some dermatologists. If a dermatologist decides to use a patient's own fat, it is usually removed from the stomach, buttocks or thighs through micro-dermabrasion. The substance calcium hydroxyapatite gives longer lasting benefits because it degrades more slowly than other substances. The side effects of dermal fillers include bleeding or bruising. Some people have had allergic reactions. Each filler carries its own risks as they are all significantly different. There is also some pain with the injection and there may be pain for two or three days after the injection.

Do dermal fillers work? The effect of dermal fillers generally last for up to eight months. Whether they work or not depends on what the dermal filler is used for, which dermal filler is used and how serious the problem is that you are dealing with. The good news is that if you don't care for the results of the treatment, you can just wait for the results to disappear. This will give you a choice as to whether you want to have another treatment. It also gives you a chance to see how you feel about the improvements to your face so that you can either decide to have another treatment or perhaps to choose more permanent plastic surgery.

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This article was published on 2010/09/11