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Injectable Fillers (Collagen, Restylane, Juvederm, Artefill)Injectable fillers are cosmetic procedures which provide volume to the patient’s face by injecting it with fat and chemical deposits. There are many types of fillers on the market today and they are comprised of a wide variety of materials from proteins to chemicals and even human fat. Injectable fillers are often confused with cosmetic toxins such as BOTOX® and Dysport; however, toxins remove wrinkles by paralyzing the muscles of the face whereas injectable fillers remove wrinkles by adding volume to the face. Below we have comprised a list of the most popular fillers on the market today.
CollagenCollagen is a protein substance found naturally in the body of mammals. Most common collagen fillers on the market today come from cows and are sometimes referred to as bovine injections. The most popular place that collagen is injected into is the lips.
RestylaneRestylane is made of a biodegradable hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance in the bodies of mammals. Its main purpose is to add volume to areas of the face that are wrinkled in order to provide a smoother and younger look for the patient.
JuvedermJuvederm is very similar to Restylane; it is also a hyaluronic acid. Both procedures are intended to provide the patient with the same results. Juvederm is a relatively new injectable filler on the market today.
ArtefillArtefill sets itself apart from other injectable fillers because it is not biodegradable and therefore the results are permanent. Artefill is made up of both medical chemicals and collagen.
Human FatHuman fat injectable fillers are essentially deposits of fat in the patient’s body that are extracted and then re-inserted into the facial area to provide volume and smooth wrinkles.
Injectable Fillers ProcedureThe plastic surgeon injecting the fillers will typically perform the procedure as follows:
- Thoroughly clean the patient’s face.
- Mark strategic points on the face and or lips that require injections.
- Numb the areas to inject the fillers.
- The fillers are injected by the surgeon into areas that had been previously marked.
- The facial markings are removed from the face and the patient is free to go.