Dermal Fillers - Look Better, Feel Better

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Who doesn't want to look young? It is not just women who are conscious about how they look but men too. Looking good is not gender specific or age specific.

Want a younger looking face, but without having to go under the knife? Dermal fillers are a great option today to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

What is a Dermal Filler?

Dermal fillers are injections of skin filling material. They are used to plump up sagging skin and tone down wrinkles. Fillers are also good for minimizing the look of scars. Several injections over a period of weeks or months are usually required to achieve the desired effect.

What Can dermal Fillers Do?

These remarkable substances can add volume to your skin again, as well as smooth out crow's feet, laugh lines, forehead creases, and other fine lines on your face. After injection, these tiny particles can actually encourage the re-growth of your own collagen, creating long-lasting effects. Dermal fillers are injected during 30-minute (or less) sessions and repeated several times, although initial results can be visible after just one treatment.

Different Types of Dermal Fillers

There are five types of dermal fillers available today. Besides either natural or bovine collagen, there are the brand-name products of Radiesse, Juvederm, Sculptra, and Artefill, all approved by the FDA. Here is what you need to know about each type:

* Collagen is a naturally occurring substance in humans and animals. It is a protein that connects tissues to other bodily tissues. Injections of collagen are derived from either human or bovine-based material. As we age, the collagen in our faces starts to recede, leaving the face looking sunken and hollow.

Collagen injections can help restore that original firmness to the skin. They have been on the market for many years and are very safe, although in some cases people have had allergic reactions to the bovine collagen. You can be tested for this allergy before choosing that option.

* ArteFill was the first dermal filler approved by the FDA. It is made of collagen and a tiny bit of lidocaine.

* Juvederm is another type of dermal filler good for reducing the look of lines and wrinkles. It is made from purified hyaluronic acid, a natural substance available in life forms.

* Radiesse is dermal filler in a gel form that leaves calcium microspheres within the facial tissues. The fibrous collagens in your face will envelope these microspheres, creating a plumper, less wrinkly appearance.

* Sculptra is made from alphahydroxy acid particles and is designed specifically to bring fullness back to areas of the face with significant fat loss.

The only real risk of undergoing dermal filler treatments is the possibility for adverse reactions to some of the substances. Your doctor can help you figure out which products you should stay away from.

Your cosmetic health professional can help you determine exactly which type of filler will best work with your wrinkle improvement plans. The results can be very satisfying and leave you feeling younger and more confident in your appearance.

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This article was published on 2010/04/01