How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Although dermal fillers and Botox are typically discussed during the same conversation, and both treatments require injections, the similarities stop there. Botox is injected around the wrinkles of the forehead and eyes (crow’s feet) to stop the small muscle contractions that cause facial wrinkles.

Dermal fillers on the other hand are injected directly into the problem area and instead of focusing on the release of muscle contractions to eliminate facial wrinkles and lines like Botox does, dermal fillers work by simply smoothening and plumping up specific problem areas such as the frown lines between your eyebrows, the deep lines that run from the corner of the nose to the corners of your mouth, the sunken area beneath your eyes or any other hallowed areas of the face. The dermal filler immediately fills in wrinkles and lines and the skin is plumped up to the point where the wrinkle, depression, or fold is gone.

Juvederm_injectionThe results can last anywhere from 3 months to 2 years, or even longer, depending on the type of dermal filler that is used, how well you take care of your skin and how well you continue to naturally age. Many people get both Botox and dermal fillers because the combination of the two can produce a remarkably younger-looking face.

 

Which Dermal Filler Works Best?

There are a wide range of substances being use in the world of injectables, and despite what you might have read or heard, there really isn’t a “best” dermal filler. There are two primary groups of dermal fillers, synthetic and natural.

Naturally-derived fillers, like Hyaluronic Acid, have a lower risk of causing an allergic reaction and provide similar results to synthetic fillers. However, their effects wear off much faster than synthetic fillers and typically, only last somewhere from 3 – 18 months. These fillers will eventually break down and when they do, the results go along with it. Synthetic fillers, on the other hand, are considered semi-permanent because they don’t dissipate. However, the wrinkles will return with the increased aging of the skin, especially if you are in the sun a lot and don’t use sunscreen. So every couple of years, it may be necessary for a few touch-up injections to maintain that youthful appearance.

Like everything else in life, they both come with risks. They are rare, but there are risks none-the-less with both types of fillers. The filler that is considered to be the best for you may not be the best choice for someone else and that will all depend on the doctors technique, skill and expertise as well as your facial needs and risk tolerance.

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