Injectable fillers are most often used to rejuvenate an aging face. As you age, your face loses a significant amount of fat, and collagen and elastin production slows. As a result, the youthful, round appearance of your face starts to disappear.
Fillers can restore the missing volume and achieve a non-invasive, natural “mini facelift” appearance. Fillers can also be injected into deep creases, wrinkles and other depressions in the skin to fill in these defects.
Depending on your goals, Dr. Khorasani offers several different types of dermal fillers, including:
Juvéderm, Restylane and Belatero all use hyaluronic acid which is a natural sugar found in your body. This means your body tolerates these fillers extremely well.
Radiesse uses calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a mineral-like compound found in your bones and is also tolerated very well.
Sculptra contains poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA), which is a synthetic filler that stimulates your body’s production of collagen. PLLA is a very common substance used in absorbable sutures for decades with great safety profile.
Bellafill® is composed of 80% bovine collagen and 20% polymetylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. Bellafill® is considered a semi-permanent filler and has 5-year post-FDA approval safety data published. However, you’ll need a skin test to be sure you're not allergic to the collagen component.
Cosmetic injectable fillers are mainly used for the following:
Watch Dr. Khorasani on the TV show, "The Doctors" perform a filler injection to promote hand rejuvenation.
The results you get from injectable fillers depend on the filler material used, as well as the location where it is injected. On average, most fillers last 6 to 12 months, especially those that use hyaluronic acid, which your body will naturally process. Synthetic fillers can last somewhat longer.
Below are a few of the longer lasting fillers as presented by company data:
With the aid of topical numbing, most patients are not bothered by filler injections; however, some patients report that it is mildly uncomfortable. The new formulations of most fillers have a numbing agent, which helps with any discomfort.
Because cosmetic fillers are minimally invasive, side effects are generally mild, including:
*Individual results may vary