Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic Acid may be a good choice as a dermal filler if you’re looking to reduce lines and wrinkles for your face.

The hyaluronic acid injections are gel based, and can last from 3 months to up to 2 years, depending on the filler type, and amount used.

One benefit many patients prefer is that hyaluronic acids are already in the human body. in fact, they exist in most living things! In humans, their primary purpose is to transfer nutrients from the bloodstream to the skin cells.

High concentrations are naturally found in soft tissues and in the fluid surrounding your eyes. It’s also in some cartilage and joint fluids, as well as skin tissue. For cosmetic purposes, it supports facial structures and tissues, adding volume and elasticity.that is normally lost during the natural course of aging. It also attracts water to the surface of skin to keep it looking fresh and supple.

While there are many cosmetic benefits, the same substance If the term sounds familiar, it’s because the same substance is often injected into the aching joints of people with arthritis to ease pain and provide extra cushioning. When the gels are injected they act like an inflated cushion.

Brand names include Captique, Esthélis, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvéderm, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen and Restylane.

Injectable forms of hylauronic acid are not derived from animal sources. In the last few decades, synthetic forms of have been developed and used to correct disorders in the fields of rheumatology, ophthalmology, and wound repair. More recently, synthetic forms of hyaluronic acid are being manufactured for use in face augmentation.

Cost per filler ranges from $575 to $1000.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Calcium hydroxylapatite is the heaviest of facial dermal fillers. Radiesse is a common brand name for this injectable filler, but it is also naturally found in human bones and is a mineral-like compound.
Cosmetic Uses:

  • Nasolabial folds, marionette lines and frown lines
  • Enhance fullness of the cheeks and other facial contours.

Cosmetic hydroxylapatite is biosynthetically produced, which means that no animals or animal products are used. This lowers risk of allergic reaction and no skin testing is required.

Results from this type of dermal filler produce very natural appearance, the filer will not migrate, and other side effects are rare.

Additionally, Calcium hydroxylapatite can be used to treat HIV-positive people who suffer from facial lipoatrophy, also known as facial wasting, which is a side effect of antiretroviral medications.

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