While aging can be delayed through a good diet, drinking lots of water, exercise, reducing stress, avoiding smoking, minimizing alcohol use, and wearing plenty of sunscreen, it can’t be avoided entirely because aging catches up to us all eventually. When that day comes, men and women can turn to dermal fillers to smooth smile lines and crow’s feet and create fuller looking cheeks and lips. For filling in wrinkles, dermal fillers are a dream come true for many.
One of the best anti-aging treatments is injecting dermal fillers approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into one’s face. Even though most patients report being satisfied with dermal fillers and their results, they aren’t for everyone. Specifically, dermal fillers are not recommended for individuals who have certain allergies, bleeding disorders, or need more surgical type of procedure.
If you want to know if dermal fillers are right for you, a consultation with a cosmetic specialist who can help you understand all the risks and benefits of dermal fillers before you decide to have treatment.
What Are Dermal Fillers Exactly?
Injectable dermal fillers were created to fill in wrinkles and make the face appear more smooth. Dermal fillers are injected into the face through a needle and they are considered medical devices and are regulated by the FDA. Here’s what temporary fillers are made out of:
- Collagen injections are made of purified human or cow collagen
- Hyaluronic acid gel is naturally produced by the human body
- Calcium hydroxylapatite is both a mineral found in bone
- Poly-L-lactic acid is a synthetic material that’s biocompatible and biodegradable
The fillers listed above are used for lip and cheek augmentation, filing in facial wrinkles, and restoring facial fat loss. Patients usually tolerate them very well. FDA-approved fillers are fantastic, but they don’t last forever. Their “filling” effect usually lasts about six to 12 months, sometimes longer. Injectable fillers are temporary mainly because over time, they are absorbed by the body.