Cosmetic fillers are materials injected underneath the skin to make it full. After an injection, the plumpy skin shows fewer wrinkles and looks younger.
Injectable cosmetic fillers have been around for decades. In recent years, medical advances have brought new versions of this wrinkle treatment to the marketplace. Newer cosmetic fillers are long lasting, some even last forever. But before heading to the cosmetic surgeon, the patient should first complete his/her homework.
Skin is held tight and smooth by three critical components: collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. These chemicals combine to create a firm, spongy meshwork under the skin surface. This elastic structure keeps the skin surface smooth and firm.
With age, this meshwork slowly loses its integrity. With weakness in the underlying support structure, the skin's surface loses its perfect baby-skin smoothness.
Injecting cosmetic fillers helps fill the thinned-out meshwork. The fillers plump up the tissue underneath skin thus shrinking wrinkles. The skin becomes firmer, smoother, and younger.
Newer natural and synthetic products are available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural part of skin. With aging, skin starts getting deficient of it.
Various natural and synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) products are available. In the newest products, the HA molecule is modified to break down more slowly. Cosmetic results can last nine months or longer. Allergic reactions are very rare.
Ever wished to move fat from thighs to somewhere it might look a little better? Fat injections involve removing small amounts of fat from the thighs, belly, or buttocks and injecting it under the skin of the face. The fat expands the skin thus shrinking wrinkles. Since it uses the patient’s own tissue for the treatment, there is no danger of any allergic reaction. Results vary and are sometimes permanent.