Cosmetic Dermal Fillers
Cosmetic Dermal Fillers have changed the game when it comes to anti-aging treatments, and today’s modern fillers are especially effective. Unlike yesteryear’s bovine collagen, silicone or body fat dermal fillers, today’s fillers are made with non animal-based hyaluronic acid, a Naturally occurring substance in our bodies. Today’s fillers are therefore less likely to cause an allergic reaction, and provide a more natural looking result. Cosmetic fillers are injected into deep crevices and wrinkles in order to plump up the skin and reduce the wrinkle. They also cause the body to increase production of Collagen in the area in order to wall off the “foreign” substance. Results generally last around six months or longer, depending on how fast the body absorbs the substance.
What causes skin to age?
All skin ages, but it does so at different rates. This is due to genetics as well as the environment. If you smoke expect your skin to age more rapidly. Do you love the sun and being outside? Again, expect your skin to undergo the natural changes associated with aging, but at a more rapid pace due to photo-aging. While none of us can stop the inevitable aging process, we can live healthy lifestyles by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and avoiding the pitfalls of drugs, excessive alcohol and smoking. Probably the most important step is to be sun smart by avoiding tanning and tanning booths and protecting your skin by the use of a broad spectrum SPF 30 or greater sunscreen every day even cloudy days. So you have done all the right things by living a healthy lifestyle and protecting your skin from the sun but you still have developed some unwanted lines and wrinkles that make you look older than you desire. What can you do? Well, one of the most effective wrinkle and line treatments is neuromuscular blockade with drugs like Botox and Dysport. These medications given by small injections treat the wrinkles formed by expression, like repeated frowning, squinting in the sun, smiling and raising the brows. There are other treatments used to treat lines and wrinkles caused by loss of elasticity in the skin and natural change of facial contours that occur with aging. Some of the best treatments in this category are dermal fillers. There are many fillers to choose from and some of the best are produced by the company Allergan. Juvederm is one of their leading products. Restylane and Perlane are similar excellent products made by Valent Pharmaceuticals. At London Medical Spa we use these and other fillers to provide you with a full array of choices to help you look your best.
What are Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers?
Hyaluronic acid is found throughout the body and is a normal component of skin. It is an integral part of the connective tissue of our skin. It is involved in wound healing and in cosmetics, low molecular weight hyaluronic acid is used as a hydrating agent, antioxidant, stimulating agent for collagen synthesis and cell proliferation and is believed to be a key factor in fighting aging. Hyaluronic acid fillers are FDA approved gel products that Dr. Hal London of Amelia Island’s London Medical Spa has found to improve the look of nasolabial folds (smile lines), marionette lines (extending from the mouth corners to the chin) and vertical lines around the lips. They can be used in frown lines between the brows, forehead worry lines as well as crow’s feet around the eyes. They can also be used for lip enhancement by adding volume and softening the lines surrounding the mouth. They can be used to round out gaunt hollows under the eyes, and can be used to improve the appearance of acne or other scars.
Dr. London's patients before and after Dermal Filler treatments
How do Fillers Work?
The outermost layer of our skin, the epidermis, is composed of dead cells that invisibly slough off every day as a normal part of the skin cell life cycle. The fine skin over a blister is the thickness of the epidermis. The deeper, thicker layer, the dermis, contains the connective tissue, nerve endings, blood vessels, hair follicles, sweat and oil glands that are found in the skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers are transparent gels that are injected into the mid to deep dermal layer of the skin to elevate areas of lines, wrinkles, and scars softening the appearance and creating a more youthful look.
What are the Benefits of Dermal Fillers?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are injectable gels that provide a smoother, natural looking contour to the face. They carry little risk of allergic reaction because of the bio-compatibility of hyaluronic acid. Being a natural product found in our tissues, they are eventually absorbed by the body. There is little or no recovery time and the rejuvenating effects can be seen immediately. Injections are done in the office and take about 30 minutes. Results generally last 6-12 months. Some of the newer cheek fillers can last up to 2 years. As with all injectable fillers infection is a rare but possible complication. Side effects are also rare with fillers but may include redness, pain or tenderness, swelling, firmness or lumps, itching, or bruising.
How Much Does it Cost to get Filler Treatment?
The cost for filler treatment varies on the area treated. Some areas of the face require more and different types of filler to give a good result. Filler is packaged and sold in syringes and most physicians will charge for each syringe used to treat a specific area. Since the amount of filler used to get a good result can vary greatly it is difficult to estimate how much a filler treatment will cost. Generally the cost will be between $500-$2000 depending on the number and type of areas treated.