The New Fillers for Wrinkles

Fillers allow you to achieve a fresh, sculpted, and youthful appearance without the complications and tell tale signs of surgery.  Several fillers are available on the market today, including Perlane, Juvéderm Ultra, Juvederm XC, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Prevelle, Restylane, Artifill, and Radiesse. Each filler uses a different substance and has a different length of effectiveness, thereby tailoring to the needs of the patient.  Fillers are designed to leave the face plump and full as opposed to a face lift, which can leave the skin feeling taught and uncomfortable.  Studies conducted by Frank Wang, MD, at the University of Michigan Medical School showed that fillers containing hyaluronic acid (such as Restylane and Juvéderm) led to “robust collagen production” while interfering with collagen breakdown. This means that not only will the injections provide a lifting effect, they will also stimulate collagen reformation, thereby providing a more natural look.  According to a published report by the FDA, fillers increase the risk of granulomas, bumps that form under the skin and may be permanent, as well as an increased risk of allergic reaction. All of the available fillers on the market today have been used in Europe for many years.  Their safety record is generally good.  Injections performed by a trained dermatologist are considered to be safer and more effective due to the high level of skill and training.  If you feel injectable fillers are right for you, call us at (210) 698-6777 or email us at to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

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