Soft tissue fillers are injected under the skin for instant wrinkle release. Just like in leather, wrinkles are caused by a breakdown in collagen and elastin underneath the skin. These gel-like implants are injected underneath the skin and act as bolsters to prop up or pop up the furrow. Popular sites for injection are the smile folds that go from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth, lip wrinkles, scowl furrows between the brows, and acne scars. These can be injected during a lunch hour. Results are immediate, and the small injection sites can be immediately covered with makeup.
Hyaluronic acid, a gel that is naturally occurring throughout the body tissues, is part of what gives baby cheeks their pinchable smoothness. It is available as RESTYLANE®; its advantages are its hypoallergenicity (no allergy test is needed) and durability; it typically lasts twice as long as collagen. You can feel it under the skin but it doesn't appear bumpy. It can cause some bruising. These gradually break down into water, and may stimulate new collagen to form.
Even longer lasting is Radiesse®, which is calcium hydroxyapatite, the same component that provides structure in the bone. Injected underneath the skin, it stays soft and lasts 2+ years. Its main advantage is its long duration. This requires a numbing injection prior to injection of the Radiance® under the skin.
Juvederm® injectable gel is perfect for smoothing out the wrinkles and folds on your face, replacing the hyaluronic acid in your skin. The most commonly reported side effects are temporary injection-site redness, swelling, pain/tenderness, and exposure of the treated are to excessive sun and extreme cold weather should be minimized until any initial swelling and redness has been resolved. Results last up to 1 year!
One of the longest lasting fillers, Bellafill® is collagen-based with PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) microspheres, perfect for smoothing out deep lines and acne scars. The PMAA re-creates the firm structure of smoother looking skin by supporting production of your body's own collagen. Over time, the collagen is absorbed by the body. The PMMA microspheres remain in place and create a matrix that supports production of the body's own collagen for lasting correction. Whether it is for those bothersome lines or those acne scars that have plaguing you for years, Bellafill is the perfect, long-lasting, solution.