Cosmetic Fillers and Wrinkles
Cosmetic fillers are materials injected underneath the skin to make it fuller. After an injection, the plumper skin shows fewer wrinkles and looks younger.
Injectable cosmetic fillers have been around for decades. In recent years, medical advances have brought new versions of this wrinkle treatment to the marketplace. Newer cosmetic fillers are longer lasting, even permanent. But be sure to do your homework before heading to the cosmetic surgeon.
The Birth of a Wrinkle
Skin is held tight and smooth by three critical components: collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. These chemicals combine to create a firm, spongy meshwork under the skin surface. This elastic structure keeps the skin surface smooth and firm.
With age, this meshwork slowly loses its integrity. With weakness in the underlying support structure, the skin’s surface loses its perfect baby-skin smoothness.
Injecting cosmetic fillers helps fill the thinned-out meshwork. The fillers plump up the tissue underneath the skin, shrinking wrinkles. The skin becomes firmer, smoother, and younger-looking.
Collagen is the oldest and best-known cosmetic filler but it has been replaced with newer natural and synthetic products that are available today, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
(Commercial names: Restylane, Juvederm, Captique, Esthelis, Elevess, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen, Zyderm, Zyplast, Cosmoderm, Cosmoplast)
Radiesse (Calcium Hydroxylapatite)
Radiesse is a wrinkle filler used to plump the skin. Radiesse immediately works to add volume under the skin and over time, the benefits of Radiesse continue by naturally stimulating your body’s own natural collagen. The natural results have been shown to last a year or more in many patients, making the treatment results both immediate and long lasting.