Facial Fillers – Take-Aways From Town and Country Magazine Article

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The August, 2010 edition of Town and Country magazine published an informative piece on facial fillers. Below are some key take-aways we’d like to pass along to you.

1.    Fillers are a “quiet revolution”. Fillers are a viscous material injected into the skin by professionals in order to achieve a younger appearance. Recent findings show that 10 million doses of one filler alone, Restylane®, have already been administered. People who never would consider a traditional facelift involving surgery are flocking to fillers because they are less invasive and produce fantastic results.

2.    Fillers have quite a history.
· 1900s: Doctors tried various substances as fillers including olive oil and candle wax.
· 1960s: Silicone began being used (and still is) by some professionals.
· 1980s: Bovine collagen (which caused allergic reactions in some patients) and silicone was used as well as patients’ own fat.
· Early 2000s: New non-toxic, non-allergenic, safer products were approved by the FDA and began being produced by Allergan, Inc. and Medicis.
a. Restylane®, a synthesized version of hyaluronic acid (a substance our bodies produce naturally for lubrication and plumping) was used.
b. JUVÉDERM® and other hyaluronics came next, followed by improved forms of collagen.
c. Radiesse®, a sturdier filler made of microscopic calcium particles derived from bone, was developed.
d. SCULPTRA®, a polymer that encourages the body to produce additional collagen to beautify the skin, came next.
· 2010: In February of this year, pre-mixed syringes of JUVÉDERM® with lidocaine, an anesthetic, came on the market.

3.    How fillers are being used today.  Fillers aren’t just for erasing lines and folds around the eyes anymore. They can also be used to:
a.   Reduce concavities in the face
b.   Achieve similar results as a chin implant
c.   Touch up sagging cheeks
d.   Restore volume through comprehensive filling of the face
e.   Lift the nasolabial fold
f.    Fill the hollows in front of ears
g.   Lift a down-turned mouth
h.   Fill the angle of the jaw under the ear
i.    Smooth the jaw line
j.    Remove dark circles under eyes
k.   Fill the temples to bring the brow area back to where it used to be and lift the upper eye lids

4.    Temporary results reduce fear of commitment. Most of the products on the market these days require follow-up treatment within 4 to 6 months. This is viewed as an advantage because it means that if you are not happy with the results, they are not permanent. Patients feel more comfortable because the results from these newer products are temporary. And, in the rare situation that a patient is not happy with the results, an enzyme can be injected which will reverse the results of the treatment within 6 to 24 hours.

5.    Artistry matters. The most skilled professionals have been doing injections now for years and have developed not only their expertise, but also their artistic talent. Professionals have honed their own personal styles and have determined which fillers work best to improve each part of the face. They have learned to work with various skin types as well as a range of budgets. Equally as important, professionals have established their own aesthetic for the beauty they seek to achieve. For this reason, it is vital for patients to study the photo galleries of the professionals from whom they are considering treatment to ensure that their aesthetics match.

Between improvements in the latest products, increased skill level of professionals administering the treatments and greater artistic achievement by those administering the fillers, you would be surprised to discover how many people are now enjoying a more youthful look with the help of fillers.

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Phoenix Plastic Surgeon