Dermal fillers are made of various kinds of natural and man-made or synthetic materials that have been developed over the years for injection into the skin. They help to restore our skin to its former youthful appearance, as the material is injected into areas where it needs to be plumped up again and made to look firmer. Dermal fillers come in different thicknesses, and in general, the thicker the product, the deeper it is injected into the dermal layer of the skin to help plump out fine to deep lines and wrinkles, such as naso-labial folds (nose to mouth lines), fill scars, contour the cheeks and chin or augment lips.
Dermal Fillers can treat many common facial problems associated with aging:
Periorbital lines (“crow’s feet”) around the eyes
Perioral lines (“smoker’s lines”) around the mouth and lips
Vertical glabellar (“frown”) lines on the forehead
Nasolabial folds (“laugh lines”), which run from the nose to the corners of the mouth
“Marionette” lines, which run from the mouth to the jaw
Dermal fillers are also effective for augmenting the lips and cheeks and for correcting small facial depressions caused by acne or an injury. And it can rejuvenate aging, crepe-paper-thin skin on the backs of the hands.
This client had immediate improvement in laugh lines and marionette lines after just one vial of dermal filler. This picture was takes moments after placement.
Belotero Balance represents a new generation of dermal fillers. Like older fillers, it’s made with hyaluronic acid, a substance that’s naturally found in the skin. Adding hyaluronic acid to skin helps “plump” it up, thus temporarily smoothing out unwanted wrinkles, folds, and depressions (such as those formed by acne scars).
But unlike the older hyaluronic acid fillers, Belotero Balance appears to add volume without the risk of granulomas, or “lumps,” forming under the skin. That’s because the hyaluronic acid formulation used in Belotero Balance has a softer consistency, one that integrates better with existing skin tissue. In addition, Belotero Balance doesn’t seem to cause the under-the-skin “blue tinting” that sometimes occurs with other fillers when they’re used to treat superficial wrinkles, such as those around the eyes.
Belotero Balance has been safely and effectively used in Europe and elsewhere around the world for several years. It received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval for the treatment of moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds in November 2011.
Radiesse, also referred to as ‘Radiance,’ is an injectable cosmetic filler intended to fill in deep facial wrinkles or folds. It works by improving the structure of the skin from the inside, through stimulating your body’s production of collagen. Collagen, a key structural element of the skin, provides volume, strength, and flexibility. It is lost as part of the natural aging process and the skin begins to sag into lines and wrinkles. By restoring collagen, Radiesse is able to dramatically improve the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.
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