How to Obtain Younger-Looking Skin with Facial Fillers

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Facial Fillers

As you age, your skin loses its elasticity due to the decline in collagen production. The result is usually wrinkles or sometimes fine lines, which alter your facial appearance. While you cannot prevent aging, Downtown DC fillers allow you to restore your facial fullness by minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. Fillers can also be used to plump up lips, correct mild acne scars, and erase smile lines. Most of the fillers are absorbable and administered through injections. The results are temporary and last for several months or years, depending on the filler used by a patient.  Below are the different types of facial fillers that your specialist may recommend.

Types of facial fillers

Hyaluronic acid

It is a gel-like substance available in various brands such as Juvederm and Restylane. Your doctor uses this filler to smooth out wrinkles in places like the eyes and forehead and add volume to your cheeks. Results can last up to 6 months since the body gradually absorbs hyaluronic acid over time. However, some advancements in developing these fillers have increased effect duration to a year or more.

Autologous fat injections

Fat grafting involves using fat derived from another area of your body, such as the buttocks, and injecting it to your lips, forehead, cheeks, or temple. Your doctor uses liposuction to remove fat from your body, and the procedure requires incisions to offer access to the hollow tube. Patients require sedation to make them calm and comfortable during the process. The effects of autologous fat injections may be permanent, but patients need several sessions to achieve desired results.

Calcium hydroxylapatite

Specialists use this filler for patients with deeper wrinkles and skin folds. It is also used to contour the jawline and make cheeks plumper. The longevity of the results depends on the use of the filler. For example, when used for jaw contouring, results last up to one year, and when used to fill wrinkles, the effects can last for three years.

Permanent soft tissue filler

Unlike other fillers that are absorbable, this one cannot be absorbed by the body. For this reason, patients require only one session meaning reinjection is not necessary. Specialists generally don’t use this as a first-time facial filler treatment. It is used to minimize the appearance of deep wrinkles around the mouth.

What are the side effects of facial fillers?

It is common for patients to experience side effects that usually appear within one to two weeks. They include:

·         Bruising

·         Redness

·         Swelling

·         Pain

·         Itching

Although less common, you should be aware of the following risks:

·         Injury to blood vessels

·         Infection

·         An inflammatory reaction to the filler or granulomas

·         Leakage. The filler can pass through the injection site.

·         Movement of filler to unintended areas

·         Nodules around the injection area that need surgical removal.

·         Blindness. When injected into the arteries, fillers can block blood flow to your eyes.

·         Death of tissue.

If you are unhappy with how your skin looks due to wrinkles, reserve a session with your specialist at Metroderm DC: Medical, Laser, and Aesthetic Dermatology Center.