Medical Spa and Beauty Services | Different Types of Derma Fillers and What They Can Do for You
Derma fillers are a popular way to achieve a more youthful appearance. But what are they, and what can they do for you? Derma fillers are substances injected into the skin to add volume and improve the appearance of wrinkles and lines. There are many different types of derma fillers on the market, each with its benefits. In this article, we’ll look at some of the most common types of derma fillers and what they can do for you.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most commonly used type of dermal filler. They are made from a naturally occurring substance in the body and work by providing volume to areas that have lost it due to aging. Hyaluronic acid fillers can be used for various treatments, including smoothing away wrinkles, plumping up lips, and enhancing cheekbones. It is commonly used as a “liquid facelift” and can last anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on the type of filler used.
This filler is an excellent choice for those looking for natural-looking results with minimal discomfort and no downtime. However, it is essential to note that these results may not be permanent, and touch-ups may be required. Proper maintenance and care allow most patients to enjoy long-lasting results with hyaluronic acid fillers.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers
Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers are made from a naturally occurring substance in the body and are designed to restore volume to areas lost due to aging or trauma. These fillers are longer lasting than hyaluronic acid fillers and are ideal for deeper wrinkles or sunken skin spots. Most calcium hydroxylapatite fillers contain lidocaine for added comfort, and the results can last up to a year or longer.
These fillers often treat nasolabial folds (smile lines) and marionette lines, which form around the mouth. They can also be used to enhance cheekbones and chin contours. Because these fillers are made from substances found naturally in the body, there is a reduced risk of adverse reactions or allergic reactions. However, there is still a small risk that should be discussed with your doctor before treatment.
Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers
Poly-L-lactic acid fillers are made from a synthetic material designed to stimulate your body’s natural collagen production. This filler is often used to treat wrinkles around the mouth, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines. It can also be used to fill in areas with lost volume and enhance the appearance of your lips. The effects of this filler tend to last around two years before you need a touch-up treatment.
For this type of filler, you can expect gradual results over several weeks or months as collagen builds up in the treated areas. As a result of the gradual improvement, there is less risk of overcorrection and other side effects. With less risk, there is also less potential for you to experience any discomfort during your treatment.
Synthetic Collagen Fillers
Synthetic collagen fillers are made from man-made material and are designed to add volume to areas where collagen has been lost due to aging or trauma. These fillers are commonly used for lip augmentation, restoring volume to the cheeks and other facial areas. A synthetic collagen filler can sometimes last up to 6 months and can be used to give a more youthful appearance.
Moreover, these fillers are often one of the least expensive options available. Synthetic collagen is a good choice if you’re looking for a quick and affordable way to achieve a more youthful look. In addition, they require minimal downtime, and you won’t have to worry about allergic reactions because they’re made of synthetic materials. With this filler, you’ll get a natural-looking result that will last for months.
Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Fillers
Polymethylmethacrylate fillers are made from a synthetic material designed to provide long-lasting results. These fillers often treat deep wrinkles and add volume to areas like the cheeks, jawline, and chin. A polymethylmethacrylate filler is injected under the skin, forming a scaffold that helps support and lift underlying tissues. Once injected, the fillers can last up to two years or more. Some possible side effects are associated with this filler, so working with an experienced injector is essential when considering this treatment.
With proper treatment, polymethylmethacrylate fillers can provide excellent results with minimal risk of complications. Most people report improved self-confidence and satisfaction with their appearance after having this treatment. Like other fillers, polymethylmethacrylate fillers can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, add volume to areas that may have diminished over time, and enhance facial contours. With a single treatment session and proper maintenance, one can enjoy long-lasting results for up to two years or more.
Autologous Fat Transfer Fillers
Autologous fat transfer fillers involve taking fat from one area of the body and transferring it to another area on the face or body. This filler is commonly used for facial contouring, adding volume to the cheeks, and smoothing away wrinkles. The process starts with extracting fat from the donor area, usually the abdomen or thighs, and then purifying it before injecting it into areas of volume loss.
This type of derma filler’s advantage is that it lasts about five years. Additionally, autologous fat transfer fillers are less likely to cause allergic reactions as they use natural body fat instead of synthetic materials. With this type of derma filler, patients can expect natural-looking and long-lasting results.
Polyalkylimide (PAI) Fillers
Polyalkylimide fillers are made from a synthetic material and are designed to provide long-lasting results. These fillers are commonly used for facial contouring, restoring volume to the cheeks, filling in wrinkles and folds, and adding volume to the lips. A polyalkylimide filler can last for years and is considered very stable and safe. However, it is worth noting that this type of filler may not provide the most natural-looking results due to its synthetic nature.
As with any dermal filler, consult an experienced professional before deciding if a polyalkyimide filler is suitable for you. With the right professional and a good understanding of what type of results you are looking for, this filler can be an excellent option for those who want long-lasting facial rejuvenation.
Polycaprolactone fillers are made from a synthetic material and are designed to provide long-lasting results. These fillers are often used for facial contouring, filling in wrinkles and folds, and adding volume to the lips and cheeks. The effects of these fillers can last up to two years or more, depending on the type of filler used.
These fillers can also be used to reduce scarring from surgery or injury and can be combined with other derma treatments for a more comprehensive approach. The main advantage of polycaprolactone fillers is their longevity; however, they can be more expensive than different fillers. Additionally, they are not suitable for all skin types, so you should always check with a dermatologist before using any filler.
PMMA/Calcium Hydroxylapatite Combination Fillers
PMMA/calcium hydroxylapatite combination fillers are made from synthetic materials and calcium hydroxyapatite (a naturally occurring substance in the body). These fillers often add volume to the cheeks, fill in wrinkles and folds, and augment the lips. The results are long-lasting and may last up to two years.
The synthetic component provides a structure for the filler, while the hydroxyapatite component promotes collagen production and skin rejuvenation over time. One of the advantages of this type of dermal filler is that it is not absorbed by the body, meaning its effects can last longer. Additionally, it is not associated with allergic reactions or tissue rejection.
Permanent fillers are made from a synthetic material designed to stay in place permanently. Although these types of fillers tend to provide more dramatic results, it is essential to note that they cannot be reversed or removed, so it is important to be sure that you are happy with the results.
Permanent fillers are most commonly used for facial contouring, restoring volume to the cheeks and other facial areas. They are also used for lip augmentation, correcting wrinkles and folds in the face, and lifting sagging skin. With permanent fillers, the effects are long-lasting, usually lasting several years before needing more filler.
In conclusion, various dermal fillers are available, each with unique benefits. Depending on your needs, you can choose from collagen-based, hyaluronic acid-based, calcium hydroxylapatite-based, and poly-L-lactic acid products that work to reduce the signs of aging by plumping up the skin, filling in wrinkles, and improve the overall look of your complexion. All dermal fillers are considered safe when administered by a trained, qualified professional, and they can help you to achieve a more youthful appearance without surgery or extensive downtime.
We specialize in safe, effective dermal filler treatments at Karishma Wellness Center in Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX, to help you look and feel your best. Contact us today at 281-903-7160 to learn more about what dermal fillers can do for you.