As you age, your skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity. Both changes contribute to wrinkles and fine lines. Dermal fillers offer a non-surgical solution for addressing these age-related changes, as well as other problems like recessed scars. The way they work is pretty simple. They fill the spaces where your skin has lost depth and texture due to thinning and reduced elasticity. Results are dramatic when compared to costly and dangerous surgeries that often offer very similar results. With dermal fillers, results are seen instantly, and usually last six months to three years, depending on what type of filler is used, where it was used, and what results were originally achieved.
What are Dermal Fillers?
There are several types of fillers available. None is necessarily better than the other. You should talk to your plastic surgeon or medical spa professional and ask their advice before choosing one over another.
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA): HA Is naturally occurring. You’ve already got it in your skin. HA fillers are FDA-approved and the results last about 6 to 12 months.
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA): Found naturally in your skin, just like HA, this filler is thicker and typically offers results that last about one year. It is FDA-approved, and research suggests that it offers the additional benefit of stimulating natural collagen production. It is a good choice for treating deeper wrinkles.
- Poly-L-lactic Acid: Unlike fillers with naturally occurring compounds, Poly-L-lactic Acid is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic product. It has been used in the medical field for a long time. Have you ever had dissolvable stitches? Those were made of Poly-L-lactic Acid. It is FDA-approved and provides results that last up to two years.
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA): This is another synthetic product that has been used in medical procedures for decades. PMMA fillers stay just under the skin’s surface permanently, and they contain collagen to help maintain skin firmness. It is also FDA-approved.
- Autologous fat injections: This is the only type of injectable filler that does require surgery. But, the results outlast any other treatment — five years or longer. In this process, fat is removed from one part of your body and injected into the area where you want to plump up the skin to eliminate wrinkles or sagging. This is a complex procedure that should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon.
It is important to choose a qualified, experienced provider for whichever type of treatment you choose. The team at Skin MB Med Spa is very experienced and highly-trained. We always start with a thorough evaluation of your medical history and past cosmetic treatments, to make sure you are a good candidate for a treatment, and to help ensure that you’ll get the results you want. Give us a call today and book a consultation. You can never have too many facts, and we’re here to answer all of your questions.