Dermal filler treatments today are on the rise and it is easy to understand why. Apart from filling in volume loss, these injectables can also plump the skin and give it a youthful look. Fillers, furthermore, can be used on different parts of the face (around the eyes, cheeks, nose, mouth, and jawline) for overall facial rejuvenation.
Fillers are mostly used for restoring lost volume and adding lift, but they can do more than that. Before we dive into the other things that fillers can do, it is important to understand first what facial fillers are and what they are usually made of.
What exactly are dermal fillers?
As mentioned before, dermal fillers are gel-like substances used to fill in and restore lost volume in the face. Most fillers today are made of naturally occurring substances in the body like hyaluronic acid (Juvederm) and calcium (Radiesse), which makes the procedure safe with low risk of allergy.
The fillers are metabolized by the body and gradually disappear over time. Results can be seen almost immediately and can last from at least six months to two years, depending on the type of fillers used. Just take note that it can take about two weeks for the fillers to completely blend with the surrounding tissues.
Here at Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore, we have dermal fillers made of these substances. Continue reading to find out how these injectables can do wonders for your face and skin.
Hyaluronic Acid or HA Fillers
Hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally produced by the body, is responsible for retaining water to keep the skin tissues moist and well lubricated. Dermal fillers made from HA can replenish the body’s production of the substance, which then helps restore lost skin volume and structure.
Juvederm is an FDA-cleared HA dermal filler that can make the skin look firm and restored. It can be safely used to:
- Restore volume to sunken cheeks
- Reduce dark circles and eye bags
- Improve fine lines and nasolabial folds
- Fill and plump the lips
- Increase the height of the nose bridge
There is also Juvederm Volite, which is the latest, 3rd Generation range of collagen skin boosters. This innovative anti-aging injectable can improve skin quality and nourish skin from inside out. It can be used not only for the face, but also on the hand, neck, hands, and décolletage.
Volite is also made of HA and can be used to:
- Hydrate crepey, dry skin (caused by lack of moisture and aging)
- Reduce scaly, rough texture
- Even out skin depression
- Improve the skin’s hydration, smoothness, and elasticity for up to nine months
- Stimulates the body’s own natural collagen
You can check out our previous post to find out more about Volite Skin Booster and what makes it different from typical dermal fillers.
These dermal fillers are similar to the calcium minerals that naturally occur in the body, eliminating the need for allergy testing. The body absorbs the microspheres and gel over time, leaving behind only natural collagen.
Radiesse Volumizing Filler is one type of filler made of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. It can be used to:
- Plump and restore volume loss
- Improve lines on the face
- Add volume to the cheeks and lower face
- Fill the lips and nasolabial folds
- FDA-approved for volume correction in hands
- Contour jawline for V shape of the face
Radiesse works immediately and provide instant results. Once injected, the filler adds the volume and lift needed to reduce the signs of aging. It provides immediate volume and correction but continues to work as a bio-stimulator by stimulating the skin’s natural collagen synthesis. This helps the skin regains its youthful tightness and elasticity.
Dermal Fillers are Not Botox
While both treatments are delivered via syringe, Botox and fillers are 100% different. Botox works by relaxing the nerve from muscles to smooth out wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions. It works best for lines in the forehead, in between the brows and in the corners of the eye.
Fillers can be used in combination with Botox to treat your wrinkles. Botox can be injected to the upper third of the face because to treat ‘angry 11’ lines and crow’s feet, while dermal fillers can be used to treat the lower two-thirds of the face where most deep wrinkles reside.
Injecting dermal filler is not only a science but also an art. This only makes it important to find a skilled and trained injector or aesthetic doctor with a good reputation and extensive experience.
Be wary of those that offer cheap injections and never consider having fillers or Botox at a beauty salon or spa. You can check out our previous blog to learn the five things to look out for when doing fillers.
Schedule a Consultation
Dermal fillers can offer natural-looking results when administered by a certified aesthetic doctor. Contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a consultation with our Harvard-trained aesthetic doctor, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez, to find out more about fillers and which one is right for your concerns.