Injectable Filler Uses
Injectable fillers are used primarily for wrinkle correction and to fill hollowing and or flattening of the facial features. Some wrinkles are the result of habitual muscle contraction, and these wrinkles are generally corrected with either Botox injections or cosmetic surgery. Other wrinkles are the result of loss of skin tone and the loss or dissent of subcutaneous fat in the face and or bone structure. These wrinkles can sometimes be corrected with injectable fillers.
Injectable fillers can also be used for facial augmentation such as lip augmentation, chin, jaw and cheek augmentation.
Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers – Juvederm & Restylane
Hyaluronic acid is a natural compound produced by the body. It is found in the eye and the spinal fluid in addition to the skin. Modern versions are known as non-animal-based hyaluronic acid (HA). Restylane and Juvéderm are the most popular forms of HA fillers. Though they function in basically the same fashion, important distinctions between them and their related compounds can make a big difference in how they are used and how effective they are.
The nurse injector will recommend which HA is best for you upon consultation.
Composite Fillers – Radiesse
Composite fillers are composed of two parts: a carrier gel and microspheres. The carrier gel is primarily a delivery system, and though it can provide some immediate wrinkle correction, it is quickly digested by the body. The microspheres, however, are made of a more resistant material. Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is the primary material in Radiesse.
The sphere material in Radiesse, (CaHA) has long been used as a bone filler, so it is highly compatible with the body. Because it is resistant to absorption, it provides long-lasting results as the body fills in around the microspheres with its own collagen. Clinical studies have shown that over 80 % of Radiesse patients receive more than one year of full wrinkle correction.