Wrinkle Fillers: What You Should Really Know

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Wrinkle fillers offer a cost effective alternative to expensive facelifts. In less than half an hour, your wrinkles are filled out and your visage more youthful in virtually an instant. The desired effects of the wrinkle fillers can last anywhere from four months to a year.

Though injectable wrinkle fillers have been compared to Botox, they are completely different. Botox aims to paralyze the muscles that cause wrinkles and fine lines, whereas fillers use different substances to fill in the lines and creases. These substances may also be used as a way to add volume to facial features such as thinning lips, cheeks, and even the chin.

Wrinkle Fillers Can Cause An Allergic Reaction

Wrinkle fillers are not a natural substance and this can mean that not everyone has a body willing to accept a foreign substance. Injections have led to certain allergic reactions in some patients. Though not all too common, it is important to head into the procedure with a good idea of what is a possibility. The most common three reactions include:

1. Bluish tint to the skin near the injection site may appear. This can last several months, but if it doesn’t disappear on its own, further treatments may prove a necessity to remove its negative effects. This is actually referred to as the Tyndall Effect.

2. Tiny bumps may form near the injection site, but this is actually dependent on the skill of the person injecting the filler. If the substance isn’t injected deep enough, that’s when these unsightly bumps may develop. The issue is that if this problem does occur, it may become permanent.

3. An extreme reaction to injectable dermal fillers may lead to nerve paralysis and potentially, blindness. This is incredibly rare, but when an injection is administered, skin cells may die and this may become the result.

4.Wrinkle Filler Types

There are four different types of wrinkle filler substances that you may choose to get administered. Ranging from the most popular to the lesser known, here they are:

I. Hyaluronic

Hyaluronic acid is actually the most popular form of wrinkle filler and it is found under a myriad of different names that do different things. It remains the most sought after as it really doesn’t carry the potential for serious side effects. Swelling, redness, and bruising are its only side effects, therefore, it carries minimal risk.

II. Synthetic

Unlike the above hyaluronic acid, synthetic substances injected under the skin may cause adverse permanent bump reactions. However, when the injection works well, it achieves fantastic results. Those results are longer lasting, but the potential for serious reactions doesn’t make these as popular.

III. Collagen

Originally introduced in the 80s as cow collagen fillers, they were the first kind made available to the public. However, the original formula caused many allergic reactions, but advances in science have helped re-shape cow collagen and also made way for synthetic versions that are less likely to have any negative effects. Plus, this filler looks the most natural because it mimics the substance naturally produced by our skin but diminishes as we age.

IV. Autologous

Autologous fillers are ones that harvest fat from your own body such as the thighs and buttocks. This filler requires a two-step process that is possibly done with one longer visit. Unlike other fillers, these do not require FDA approval and can last anywhere from a year to nearly two years.

Getting Started

If you’re ready to look younger and smooth those wrinkles, make sure you get in touch with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. The procedure should always be done with sterile instruments in a professional office. Don’t select the cheapest option and always know what’s getting injected under your skin!

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