Dermal fillers and what they’re used for

 I am sure most of you have realized that facial fillers are more popular than ever, particularly lip fillers, especially on social media. Over the past two decades, the demand for cosmetic enhancements has grown. More specifically, the number of non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures has increased substantially, particularly dermal fillers, thanks to Kylie Jenner's lip filler injections as well as social media trends that promote thick and luscious lips. The number of soft tissue fillers in the United States has increased from 2676,970 in 2018 to 3410,730 in 2020 from a comparison of statistics from 2018 to 2020. 

Plastic surgery clinics have long been around, but medical spas, like MiracleFace MedSpa in New York, that specialize specifically in minimally invasive medical aesthetics and injectable surgery, are becoming increasingly popular. Whether it is because social media is constantly changing beauty standards or because people have always had work done but are more open about it now and minimally invasive procedures are taking over, it doesn't really matter. It matters what people are getting injected into their faces.

What are Hyaluronic Acids?

The most widely used soft tissue fillers are hyaluronic acids (HA fillers). The FDA has approved the use of HA fillers since the 1970s, originally for the treatment of joint pain and other ailments even after the official ban on liquid silicone, which even though illegal in Canada, could still be found in 1 lb jars in New York until 1991. 

Natural HA is a non-sulfated GAG naturally found in the body whose water-retaining properties allow it to increase volume when injected into the desired area. Some serums, creams, and everything anti-aging and skincare even advertise it. Why do we use fillers today? Do you only use it on lips and cheeks with contours?

Face fillers aren't always as obvious as you may think when you think about puffy cheeks and duck lips.

Fillers are used in a variety of areas of the face, including the forehead, nose, under eyes, cheeks, nasolabial folds, jawline, chin, and temples. In addition, facial fillers can help minimize the appearance of deep scars and wrinkles. First used to treat Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive patients, HA fillers were intended to correct and restore lipoatrophy (loss of facial fat).

Who does facial filler serve? Do you need them? 

A facial filler can be used to enhance almost anyone's facial appearance as long as you are happy with the way your face looks and there are no problematic areas that you would like addressed. In a medical spa, you can get suggestions for what will look good if you ask for them. You may have never heard of a filler that eliminates years from your face. It is true that I was unaware that my under-eye circles were as severe as they were until they were filled in. Immediately I looked more awake and younger. 

Therefore, no one needs to get anything done. Fillers are used not to transform your entire face, but to enhance your natural beauty. A few little tweaks can be made throughout your face to bring back volumes to areas that may have become hollow from aging. 

Can fillers and botox be distinguished?

Botox relaxes the muscle that is injected with it, reducing or eliminating muscle contractions, which, in turn, reducing or eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers can also be used to fill in deeper wrinkles if botox does not work. Botox is typically used for wrinkles, however.

What are the other fillers available?

As mentioned above, HA fillers tend to be the most popular. Because the HA fillers are dissolvable, I personally prefer them if they are in my face. Sculptra and Radiesse are also fillers. As well as being used for the face, they can both serve purposes on other parts of the body. Radiesse is commonly used to improve the appearance of hands by making them appear less veiny and bony by enhancing their plumpness. In many cases, Sculptra is used as an alternative to implants or Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL). A difference between Sculptra and other fillers is that it stimulates your own collagen production, which is why over time (approximately two to three months) it will grow the area in which the filler was injected. As a result, Sculptra may take a while to show results, unlike the other fillers we discussed. One of the main reasons people choose Sculptra over a BBL or implant, which are more immediate options, is to avoid surgery, and that is very important to me.

Final thoughts

Facelifts are all based on personal preference, and they certainly aren't necessary for everyone. However, everyone deserves to look beautiful. Face fillers can be a great option for enhancing the already natural beauty of your face. They can fill hollows under your eyes, define your jaw line, or simply enhance your lips. Cosmetic surgery still carries a lot of stigma, despite its prevalence. Dermal fillers aren't for everyone, but I don't see any harm in seeking any kind of medical assistance to improve your appearance, whether it's subtle or drastic. To look our best, we do our hair, wear makeup, dress up, and wear other clothing. The purpose of fillers is to assist us with feeling more confident.


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