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Dermal Fillers and Injectable Rejuvenation

Highly Popular and Effective

  • Highly Popular and Effective
  • Variety of Options
  • Toxins
  • Hyaluronic Acids
  • Collagen
  • Other Fillers
  • Injectable dermal fillers and toxins such as Botox & Dysport, Restylane and Juvederm, amongst others, have become the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. In 2008, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 3.7 million injectable procedures were performed, making these by far the most popular cosmetic procedures. Increasingly popular are what we call “dermal fillers”, a class of injectable drugs which restore skin’s volume and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. These drugs last anywhere from 3 months to up to a year and are injected into the skin using a very fine needle. Treatment only takes a few minutes and results are usually immediate, though full results may not be seen for up to a month.

    Variety of Options

    There are now a number of different products on the market, each with their own qualities. Some are made of different drugs, or with similar drugs with different formulations. To provide a broad understanding, these break down into the following general categories:

    Toxins

    These are the most popular injectables on the market. Most popular and well-known here is Botox. Recently Dysport, which is distributed by U.S. pharmaceutical company Medicis, was also approved for use in the U.S. These drugs relax the muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles. Often these may be used on the forehead or between the brows smoothing these dynamic lines and making for a more youthful appearance.

    Hyaluronic Acids

    These drugs are made up of a substance which is naturally in our bodies and gives our skin its volume. Hyaluronic acid binds to water and gives skin its fullness. The natural hyaluronic acid in our skin can become damaged from sun exposure and we lose volume in our skin as a result. These dermal fillers help replace that which we’ve lost. They are also often used to plump lips and make lips fuller. There are a number of products that do this such as Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm.

    Collagen

    Collagen is a major protein in our skin and is badly damaged over time due to sun exposure. As our collagen degrades, our skin begins to look older. For many years collagen injections have been used to restore skin’s appearance and bring about a younger looking face. Collagen fillers such as Evolence are used to improve skin’s texture and contour.

    Other Fillers

    There are other substances now such as poly-L-lactic acid as found in Sculptra, or Radiesse (which contains calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel). These products also aim to restore the skin’s smoothness, even out fine lines and wrinkles, and provide volume to the skin.

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    Dr. Brian Biesman, leading skin rejuvenation researcher, discusses dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm.
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     Great results

    I had sculptra injected into my naso labio folds and jowel a...[more]
    Waukesha, WI Oct 22, 2011

     Juvederm Gave me the Subtle Look that I Wanted

    I asked my doctor which treatment I should opt for to perk u...[more]
    Laguna Niguel, CA Apr 19, 2010

     Botox Works Great!

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    Boston, MA Mar 04, 2010
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    Q: How are dermal fillers applied?
    Dermal fillers are injected into lines and wrinkles to fill... [Read More]
    Q: Botox vs. Dysport? Which is Better?
    Botox and Dysport and both made from the same neurotoxic... [Read More]
    Q: Restylane vs. Juvederm?
    Both are often used for plumping the lips and filling lines... [Read More]
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