Genetics, environmental factors, overall health and birthday all have an impact on the way we age. If the signs of ageing have slowly crept up on your face, you may be doing some research to determine which type of plastic surgery operation or treatment will be best for your budget and expectations. Many people seek out injections as a non-invasive alternative to plastic surgery procedures.
Conservative Injections to Promote Natural Facial Movement
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Made exclusively from a hyaluronic gel with an acid-base, Juvederm is a natural derivative in the skin. It increases volume and hydration; it also fills in lines and hollow areas on the face. Juvederm works best for people with moderate to severe wrinkles. Results are generally very noticeable and dramatic with Juvederm. It is also commonly used to give fullness to the lips and cheeks as a standalone treatment for plumping. Treatments last anywhere from six months up to two years.
For anyone leading a holistic, eco-conscious or vegan lifestyle, Restylane is a biodegradable gel that is not derived from any animal sources. This soft-tissue filler is injected all over the desired areas of the face via tiny injections. It is primarily injected around the eyes and mouth to help fill in the deep folds and wrinkles in these trouble zones. Restylane is also a hyaluronic gel. Without any subsequent touch-up treatments, Restylane is effective for about six months.
Synthetic Wrinkle Injections
Microspheres made with polylactic acid make up the Sculptra filler. It was specifically created as an FDA-approved filler specifically for people with HIV. Loss of facial fat is very common with people being treated with antibiotics for HIV. One of the side effects of these medications is a loss of facial volume and fat that leads to hollowness. It is now also approved for cosmetic use for people who do not have HIV. Sculptra builds up the cheeks, fills in hollow spots and gives the skin a thicker texture. It is not used on, near or in the lips. Sculptra typically requires multiple treatments, spaced about four weeks apart. Typically, three injections count as one treatment. Results last up to two years from completion of the cycle.
Radiesse is filler made from calcium hydroxyapatite, and it treats very deep lines and wrinkles. Nasolabial folds, commonly referred to as the parenthesis lines, are dramatically improved with Radiesse. It is among the longest lasting in the category of injection fillers because it simultaneously stimulates the production of collagen. The injected areas end up bulkier and more voluminous for a longer period of time. Results last about a year; some people only require touch-up treatments every two years.
Collagen treatments have a much shorter shelf life, in terms of longevity. Some collagen fillers are made from cow skin, while others are made from synthetic sources. While the results of collagen fillers do not last as long as alternative treatments, many people claim that the results are more natural looking overall.
Less common fillers involve extracting excess fat from your buttocks, thighs or stomach, having it properly treated, then injecting it into your face or lips. The fat-purification process is done via a lab, and it can be quite costly. The results from autologous fillers last considerably longer than alternative types of fillers. You do need a series of injections, over time, to maintain the long-term results.
The vampire lift procedure involves using your own platelet-rich injections from your body’s plasma and blood supply. The blood is drawn from your arm, treated in a lab and injected in your face. Results typically last about a year to two years.
Most filler injections can be done in about 20 minutes at your dermatologist’s or plastic surgeon’s office. The time varies greatly, however, depending on how many areas are being treated and the type of filler that is being utilized for the procedure. It is very common to schedule an appointment during your lunch break from work and return to work after lunch with a fresh follow-up treatment.
Side effects with injections from fillers are relatively mild. You can expect to have some bruising, numbness, tingling, swelling, mild pain and throbbing, discolouration and temporary redness or mini bumps. You will be asked to refrain from subjecting yourself to excessive heat, strenuous workouts or sun exposure for the first 24 to 48 hours after treatment.
You may have heard of at-home filler parties or girl get-togethers that involve heading to the spa to get injected. These are not safe environments or proper places to receive filler injections. You need a trained eye, a licensed professional, sterile tool and a proper clinic to minimize your risk of permanent damage, botched results and adverse side effects. Receive your injections from a licensed doctor, and ask questions to ensure that he or she is administering an FDA-approved filler.
Dr.Philip S. Schoenfeld, M.D., F.A.C.S., of Renu Artful Medicine, is a double-board-certified facial Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years of Professional Experience with a vast range of non-invasive, semi-permanent and permanent facial treatments. As a renowned surgeon and teacher in his respective field, he has been named a Top Doctor by many major medical publications for his supreme work. He is well-respected by his fellow peers and supports a great many charities. You can find out more about Dr.Philip Schoenfeld here: www.renudc.com.
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