Dermal fillers and their uses for aesthetic purposes

Dermal fillers and their uses for aesthetic purposes

Most of you are probably aware that facial fillers, particularly lip fillers, are becoming increasingly popular, especially on social media. Cosmetic enhancements have grown in popularity over the past 20 years. More specifically, the demand for non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures has grown dramatically, especially in dermal fillers, beginning with Kylie Jenners’ trial and error process of injecting lip fillers under her lips and continuing with the social media trend of having luscious and voluminous lips. When we compare statistics from 2018 to 2020, the number of soft tissue fillers administered in the United States increased from 2676,970 in 2018 to 3410,730 in 2020 according to Skinly Aesthetics plastic surgery research. 

Skinly Aesthetics cosmetic dermatology in New York, specializes specifically in minimally invasive medical aesthetics and injectable surgery has become increasingly popular. Social media constantly changes beauty standards, or people have always been getting work done but now are just more open about it since minimally invasive procedures are taking over, does not really matter. It matters what people are getting injected into their faces.

What are Hyaluronic Acids?

The most common soft tissue fillers are made with Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Since the 1970s, HA fillers have been FDA approved. They were originally to treat joint pain and other health problems even after the official ban on liquid silicone, which even though illegal in Canada, was still available in New York in jars weighing one pound until 1991. 

Natural HA is a non-sulfated GAG naturally found in the body whose water-retaining properties allow it to increase volume when injected into the desired area. Even skincare products and anti-aging creams tout it. But what are fillers actually used for now? Can it only be used for a big mouth and contoured cheeks?

Facial fillers may make you think of puffy cheeks and duck lips, but the truth is they are not always as obvious as you would think.

There are many areas of the face where dermal fillers can be used, such as the forehead, nose, under eyes, cheeks, lip line, jawline, chin, and temples. As well as minimizing the appearance of scars and wrinkles, facial fillers can minimize the appearance of deep lines. HA fillers were first used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive patients for lipoatrophy (loss of facial fat).

Who is a candidate for facial fillers? Do you need them? 

The use of facial fillers is an option for nearly everyone, and it really depends on what you want to accomplish with your face and if there are any areas you’d like to focus on. In a medical spa, you can get suggestions for what will look good if you ask for them. Almost certainly, there is a filler out there that you didn’t even know existed, that will remove years from your face. In my case, I never realized my undereye circles were as severe as they were until I had them filled in. I immediately appeared younger and more alert. 

However, no one actually needs to do anything. In fillers, the goal is not to change the entire look of your face, but rather to bring out your natural beauty and restore volume to areas which may have lost volume with aging. 

Fillers and botox are different, but how do they work?

Fillers are used to add volume to the face, while botox is used to relax the muscles involved in the injection, reducing or eliminating muscle contractions, in turn reducing and eliminating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Typically, botox and dermal fillers are utilized for wrinkles but fillers can be used on deeper wrinkles when botox isn’t enough.

Are there any other types of fillers?

HA fillers seem to be among the most popular options for facial fillers, as previously mentioned. This might be because HA fillers dissolve, which I prefer, especially if they are used on my face. Also available are Radiesse and Sculptra. It is possible to use both on the face and on other parts of the body. Rasiesse is commonly injected into the hands (I was mystified when I first learned about hand fillers!) to give your hands a more youthful appearance by making them less veiny and bony. Sculptra is frequently used instead of implants or a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) as a non-surgical butt lift. The reason Sculptra is different from other fillers is that it actually stimulates the body’s own collagen production, which will grow the area where it is injected over time (two to three months to be exact). Therefore, unlike the other fillers we discussed, Sculptra can take some time to show results. A large reason why people might choose Sculptra over BBL or implant, which are more immediate options, is that it is a nonsurgical procedure, which I believe is extremely beneficial.

Final thoughts

Although facial filler treatments are every individual’s preference and are certainly not necessary, everyone deserves to feel beautiful and look their best. Whether you want to enhance your natural beauty or get rid of hollowness under your eyes, the use of facial fillers can be a great way to do so. Cosmetic surgery still carries a lot of stigma, despite its prevalence. Whether you want mild or dramatic changes to your appearance, dermal fillers aren’t for everyone. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider getting anything done by a medical professional. The majority of people do their hair, wear makeup, dress up and do other things to enhance their appearance. We can feel more confident by using fillers.

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