The Cosmetic Filler Alternative
No one wants to look older than they really are; this is just a simple fact of life. However, the way we live our lives will eventually begin to show on our faces over time, and we may not always like what we see. We know that there are ways to reverse these effects, most often through cosmetic procedures such as laser resurfacing or face lifts. But not all of us are willing to undergo invasive surgery or painful treatments to change our appearance, so what are we to do? The answer, resort to the latest in cosmetic alterations: a cosmetic filler treatment.
Want to look younger with little down time? Contact Dr. Carter today for an expert consultation on what cosmetic filler treatments can do for you.
What is Cosmetic Filler?
Cosmetic fillers are chemical compounds designed to sculpt and enhance the appearance of our faces, erasing wrinkles, fine lines and even reducing scarring. They are primarily injection treatments, introducing just under the skin or deeper, to produce some truly amazing results. A top cosmetic surgeon can mix the fillers used to produce the same effects as a top-of-the-line face lift, but without the cost or down time.
Primarily used as anti-aging treatments, they can also be used to repair the damage from injuries and prolonged illnesses. Some of them have even been used in the past to restore the face to its natural fullness, replacing the gauntness left behind by chemotherapy and wasting diseases, like HIV. The makeup varies for each compound, some using completely synthetic materials that are not natural to the body, while others use chemicals that will be found naturally in our own skin. And, just as the materials vary, so does the staying power of each treatment.
Types of Fillers
Fillers go by many names: Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra, to name a few. No matter the name or hype, they are all created to serve the same purpose, to fill in, smooth out, and restore the youthful contours and fresh appearance that your skin had years ago. The end result of these treatments can literally erase years from your face. Some of them are made up of all natural ingredients such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, and poly-L-lactic acid, while others are made completely of synthetic materials like polymers.
Before receiving treatment with cosmetic fillers that are entirely synthetic, you may have to undergo allergy tests to ensure that there will not be any unfortunate reactions after it is injected. To bypass this, you may want to opt for fillers such as Restylane, which are completely natural and made of substances that are already found in the body.
How long do the Effects Last?
The effects of this procedure can last up to around six months, although the more natural treatments can raise that number up to eight months or longer before they are completely absorbed by the body. Some fillers such as Restylane, which stimulate the body’s natural compounds of collagen, elastin and moisturizing water may have a longer lasting effect as the body takes over where the cosmetic filler ended.