What are wrinkle fillers?
Wrinkles are part of our natural ageing process, but sometimes wrinkles become more prominent, or appear earlier than usual. There are many factors involved in the formation of wrinkles, including sun exposure, smoking and stress. Wrinkle fillers are a useful tool in combating the effects of wrinkles, and serve as an easier, more natural alternative to Botox injections.
Whereas Botox injections relax the muscle beneath a wrinkle, wrinkle fillers actually fill the crease or line with one of various substances, giving the appearance of a faded or disappeared wrinkle.
In addition, wrinkle fillers are now used as ‘volumizers,’ lifting and plumping cheeks, plumping sagging hands, and giving a filled out appearance to thin lips.
In most cases, treatment is straightforward and quick, but all wrinkle fillers are known to have downsides, including allergic reaction risks, and the formation of small bumps beneath the skin, which in some cases can be permanent. Wrinkle fillers that provide longer-lasting effects are typically more prone to cause side effects. Another risk is the Tyndall effect, a bluish discolouration of the skin. In extremely rare cases, death of skin cells can occur where wrinkle fillers have been incorrectly administered.
It’s important to note that not every wrinkle filler is right for every wrinkle. You should research what treatment is right for you, and discuss your options with an expert such as a dermatologist who is board certified, or a plastic surgeon. Finding the right filler for your wrinkle reduces risks and leads to improved results.
Types of wrinkle filler
Hyaluronic Acid Wrinkle Fillers.
Hyaluronic acid is a component natural to all connective tissue. As HA is naturally found in the skin, and is biodegradable, the injection of HA gel is popular, effective and generally less prone to risks, although it has been known to cause redness and swelling at the injection site, and the formation of small bumps, which generally disappear over time. Some evidence suggests repeated HA injections stimulate natural collagen growth in the body, assisting in naturally smoothing wrinkles.
Synthetic Wrinkle Fillers
These injected treatments are composed of substances not found naturally in the skin. Although certain synthetic treatments are known to be longer-lasting, with at least one boasting permanent results, they can be prone to more side effects, such as swelling, redness, and bumps beneath the skin that sometimes require surgical removal. Collagen Wrinkle Fillers
These treatments are derived from a purified form of collagen extracted, on most occasions, from cows. When first introduced collagen injections provided good but short-lived results, but led to a higher rate of allergic reactions owing to their animal source. These days, collagen injections have moved forward, aided by new ways of processing bovine sources to reduce risk. In addition, new synthetic collagens help make injections more useful for a greater variety of people, and improve injection safety. Although collagen results are commonly more short-lived than comparable treatments, many people find that they achieve more natural results.
Autologous Wrinkle Fillers
These wrinkle fillers are formed from substances, most commonly fat, harvested from one’s own body, usually from the buttocks, thighs or stomach. Although autologous treatments are the least performed wrinkle procedure, they can provide an important and viable option.Autologous wrinkle fillers have the same risks as other fillers, such as redness, swelling and bruising at the injection site. They can also be costly and time consuming as two procedures are required (one to remove the fat and another to inject it) in addition to laboratory purification procedures. Before you undertake any wrinkle filler procedure, consult with an expert about the correct option for you.