Dr. Ali Ghahary at Brentwood Medical Clinic offers patients the option of injectable cosmetic fillers in effort to reduce fine lines and winkles, and to give a more youthful appearance. These fillers have become a popular choice amongst Canadians over the years, especially products containing Hyaluronic Acid (such as Juvaderm.) Cosmetic fillers are an alternative to more invasive procedures such as plastic surgery, and have become a commonplace option in Canada for individuals of all ages.
Most have a good elementary understanding of what cosmetic fillers are, but you may still have some questions regarding what they do, how long they last, and why they are so popular.
What are the Risks and Benefits of Synthetic Fillers?
Synthetic fillers are a very small category of laboratory made substances that help to reverse the aging process, fill in fine lines and wrinkles, and add a youthful volume to the face. The ingredients in synthetic fillers are generally ones that are not found naturally in the skin; therefore, they come with some side effects including bruising, redness, swelling, and bumps under the skin. The primary benefit of using a synthetic filler is that it has a longer lasting effect, usually several months to more than a year.
There are a variety of functions that cosmetic or dermal fillers have, including:
- Reducing wrinkles and filling in fine lines, especially around the nose and mouth
- Plumping thin lips
- Filling out the hollows under the eyes
- Evening out scars or indentations from acne or chickenpox
- Enhancing the shape of cheeks and restoring a youthful appearance
Particularly, products with hyaluronic acid like Juvaderm are used most effectively to reduce the signs of aging. It is generally used as a complementary treatment to your already established rejuvenation regimen. It is designed to both soften wrinkles and fill fine lines, as well as add back the volume that gets lost through the normal aging process.
Over time, hyaluronic acid in the skin declines, which is what causes the look of aging. This is a natural process, but can be disheartening to many. Juvederm and other hyaluronic acid fillers help to restore those levels in your skin. Hyaluronic acid works by attracting moisture and expanding, resulting in a plumping effect.
Juvederm is one of the more popular fillers on the market that is FDA approved. Its main ingredient is hyaluronic acid. Specifically, it is made from a biodegradable, stabilized, and non-animal hyaluronic acid. The thing that makes this so unique is that it is a natural type of filler, which means it can be found in small levels in the skin, so it is not completely laboratory designed.
Most synthetic and hyaluronic acid fillers can be found in your general practitioner or family physician’s office.