What’s Are Dermal Fillers?

Among the most requested cosmetic services in the industry are dermal fillers.  These safe, effective alternatives to aesthetic surgery give people options for improving their appearance without going under the knife.

What Is a Dermal Filler?

A dermal filler restores volume and reduces the appearance of wrinkles in your face.  As we age, we naturally lose fat in our faces, meaning muscles are working closer to the surface of the skin.  When this happens, lines, wrinkles, and skin irregularities begin to be more noticeable.  Dermal fillers can then injected into areas of the face where wrinkles are most prominent on the arms, face, neck, and hands.

Which Dermal Filler is Right For Me?

Only a qualified cosmetic services provider can make that determination, but here are a few things to consider.

  • Radiesse – Calcium Hydroxylapatite, known by its brand name Radiesse, is the heaviest of the dermal fillers.  According to the brand’s website, the active ingredient in Radiesse, calcium hydroxylapatitie is found naturally in human bones and is used to fill moderate to severe creases in the face.  Radiesse is produced biosynthetically, meaning no animals or animal products are used to produce the compound, thereby lessening the likelihood of allergic reaction or negative side effects.
  • Collagen – According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, collagen is a natural substance that serves as a support structure in your skin, just below the surface.  Today, collagen is used in a variety of fillers to reduce the signs of aging, fill scars, and add volume to the face.  Made from either human or animal skin, collagen can be derived from cows or pigs and requires allergy testing before use.
  • Hyaluronic Acid – Again, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Hyaluronic acid is found in almost every living thing on earth.  In humans, it is important in the transference of nutrients into the blood stream and skin.  When it is injected in gel form, it acts like a cushion that supports tissues in the face and brings water to the surface of the skin to make it look fresh.  Under the brand names Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane, to name a few, Hyaluronic acid is used not just for cosmetic purposes, but also in wound and joint repair.

Regardless of the dermal filler you choose, it is important to consult with a qualified professional with experience in cosmetic procedures.  Contact Dr. Raffi Krikorian at New Look Vein and Aesthetic Center to determine which dermal filler is right for you.