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A Complete Guide to the Different Types of Dermal Fillers

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What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are used to enhance certain areas of the face; think plumper lips and cheeks, a more defined chin or jawline, smoother temples and hands. The possibilities are endless! Dermal fillers are used to create volume where volume has been lost as a symptom of aging.  As we age, we lose volume in the fat pads underneath the skin and our skin loses elasticity as a result of sun damage and gravity.

Dermal fillers are a great option for people who want to add volume to certain areas of the face, decrease wrinkles, or improve loose, sagging skin. In some cases, dermal fillers are even a great choice for managing recessed scars and other depressions that might develop in the face.

Biostimulatory Fillers

One of the most popular dermal fillers is made up of poly-l-lactic acid or Sculptra. When injected into the face, our body absorbs the product and makes collagen in response. Sculptra is a great product for someone wanting natural looking results because the body creates the collagen on its own.

Sculptra was first used to help HIV patients with facial wasting. It works by holding up the structures underneath the skin; providing support for the face.

Many people consider Sculptra to be a great choice because of how it is produced and the fact that it is not a foreign body, as it contains materials that our body produces on their own.

More collagen means tighter and more youthful looking skin. The results of poly-l-lactic acid fillers build upon themselves over time and our body continue to produce collagen 3-4 months after your treatment.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Better known as Restylane and Juvederm; these fillers are made up of Hyaluronic acid, a substance that our body naturally creates. In fact, hyaluronic acid is sometimes used as an injection to help promote healthy joints of the knees and hips.

These types of fillers can be used to create volume in the face by adding volume to lips, cheeks, chin or the jawline.

Results from Hyaluronic acid fillers are immediate and last anywhere from 9-12 months and are naturally metabolized by the body over that time.

To learn more about dermal fillers or to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation with one of our board certified practitioners, make an appointment with us here!

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