As a result of the natural aging process, skin loses its elasticity and fullness. Skin is also more susceptible to sagging and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Facial fillers and injectables aim to correct these skin issues by creating skin that appears more youthful and rejuvenated. Since there are numerous options for facial rejuvenation, the following discusses several popular forms of facial fillers, what they are composed of and how long results can last.
Juvederm is an injectable facial filler that is composed primarily of hyaluronic acid. This is a naturally occurring sugar found in the skin that diminishes over time. When injected into the skin, hyaluronic acid has a smoothing and plumping effect as it attracts and binds to water molecules within the skin. Juvederm can be used to correct facial lines and folds, increase lip volume and shape facial contours. Results from Juvederm last between six to nine months.
Collagen is a protein that exists in everyone’s skin and is responsible for supporting skin’s elasticity. Since collagen breaks down during the aging process, fine lines, wrinkles and folds begin to form on the skin. Collagen injections are the most effective at treating smile lines, frown lines, nasolabial folds and volumizing the lips. Patients who receive collagen injections will need to repeat the procedure every three months to maintain results.
The dermal filler Radiesse uses microspheres of calcium hydroxylapetite to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the signs of aging, particularly around the nose and mouth. This inorganic substance provides structure to the skin and promotes the growth of collagen. This process adds fullness to the skin and fills wrinkles and folds, while also providing an overall lifted effect to the skin. Since the skin is building natural collagen around the microspheres, the results achieved with Radiesse can last over two years.
A synthetic material known as poly-L-lactic acid is the main ingredient that Sculptra is made of. This dermal filler increases the thickness of skin and replaces lost collagen, correcting facial folds and deep wrinkles. In comparison to other facial fillers, Sculptra does not provide immediate results. Rather, it provides results that are more subtle and more natural looking over time. Individuals who receive Sculptra injections can expect results to last for two years.