Dermal fillers have been around for more than 100 years — Fillers were invented in the late 1800s by a surgeon who experimented with paraffin and mineral oil as a filler for facial defects. While popular until the mid-1920s, its use was stopped due to severe complications.
In 2015, it was the second most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure — More than two million procedures were performed in 2015, with hyaluronic acid being the most popular filler.
Some fillers are natural — Two natural dermal fillers are collagen and hyaluronic acid. Additionally, the use of a patient’s own fat as a filler is growing in popularity.
Some fillers are synthetic — Some fillers have non-organic ingredients, including polymethyl-methacrylate, liquid silicone, and others. Since theses materials won’t break down to be absorbed by the body, fillers using these materials—such as Radiesse and Sculptra—are considered semi-permanent.
The effects are generally temporary — There are no rules that actually determine how long the effects of a filler will last because it depends upon which filler is used.
It takes a lot of filler to over do it — The estimate of how much filler to use is usually based on one syringe per decade of age. It would essentially take 10 vials or syringes to look “over done.”
Dermal fillers are not just for facial rejuvenation — Some dermal fillers can be used to rejuvenation other areas such as the hands; some fillers have even been used off-label to support droopy earlobes.
The FDA has not approved fillers for buttocks or breasts — There is quite a bit of interest in using dermal fillers as a form of breast enhancement. However, dermal fillers have not been approved by the FDA for this type of procedure, and it would take a lot of filler.
Men are increasingly seeking fillers — In 2015, the use of fillers by men grew by 6%. The products used by men tend to differ from those used by women. For example, women want to look plump; however, men do not want to look puffy. As a result, men choose non-HA based fillers to give them a more chiseled look.
Fillers can actually stimulate collagen production — While nothing can stop the body’s natural depletion of collagen, some fillers can slow that process.
The risks are few, but the complications can be serious — Side effects are rare, however, they can be serious and may not present themselves for months or even years after the procedure.
When considering dermal fillers, it is important that this procedure is performed by a qualified physician to lessen the risk of complication.
Dr. Thomas Wright of the Laser Lipo and Vein Center says, “If you are considering dermal fillers it is important to have the procedure performed by someone who has the qualifications and experience to ensure both your safety, along with optimal results.”
Please call the Laser Lipo and Vein Center to schedule a consultation about how dermal fillers can benefit you!