Dermal fillers for face may be mainstream nowadays but they’re still a mystery to some. The sheer number of fillers on the market can be overwhelming, making it difficult to know where to start. This article will give you a brief overview of the different kinds of fillers available and how they are used for best results.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers
These are by far the most popular and prevalent types of fillers on the market. They are composed of hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in our bodies. This miracle molecule can attract 1000 times its own weight in water. For this reason, it gives our deeper tissues, and especially epidermis, plumpness, hydration and an overall youthful appearance.
Over time, our natural hyaluronic acid levels begin to decline, leading to wrinkles, loss of volume and diminished hydration levels. HA fillers contain a synthetic version of the sugar molecule that’s highly biocompatible. When injected deep into the dermis it give the skin structure and volume, meanwhile superficial applications helps to soften wrinkles and fine lines. Results last between 8-12 months.
The best use of HA fillers :
- Restore volume in cheeks, temples and tear troughs
- Soften nasolabial folds and marionette lines
- Contour jawline and chin
- Augment lips, nose
- Lift sagging jowls
Tissue Stimulating Injections
Another class of dermal fillers for face is tissue stimulating injections. These are different than HA fillers as they don’t restore volume immediately. Instead, tissue stimulators promote collagen formation several weeks and months after they’ve been injected.
One example is Sculptra. It’s made with synthetic Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) material, the same substance that dissolvable stitches are made with. Poly-L-lactic acid is also a natural molecule that’s produced in our muscles during exercise. When it’s injected into the dermal tissue, the body builds collagen around PLLA molecules, gradually increasing the thickness of the skin. Results last between 18-24 months.
Best use tissue stimulating injections:
- Correct deep lines, creases, and folds
- Revitalize temples and cheeks
- Improve volume around the jawline
- Give the skin a more youthful and plump appearance
Combining HA Fillers with PLLA for Facial Rejuvenation
In some cases it makes sense to use both fillers to achieve results that are difficult to get with either filler alone. One recent technique called the Temporal Lift (before and after photos above) uses a high density HA filler in the temporal hairline to lift the mid and lower face. Next, Sculptra is administered into deep and superficial tissue to create structure in areas such as cheeks, temples and jawline.
The biggest advantage of a procedure such as the Temporal Lift is that you can see results immediately, and in the long-term. As the tissue-building effects from the Sculptra develop, the overall face starts to look more balanced, youthful and lifted.
Curious about the Temporal Lift or any other rejuvenating skin treatment at Therapeutic Aesthetics? Contact us as 416-705-8672 or visit our website.