Collagen filling agents have been the preferred choice of cosmetic fillers for Canadians in effort to help reduce lines and wrinkles for over a decade. Thee fillers are also regularly used to add volume in various areas of the face and/or lips. Over time, cosmetic medicine has developed with significant advancements and new forms of treatment have become available. Some of these specific injectable treatments contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin and it provides a more youthful look.
Dr. Ali Ghahary, a physician in Canada, offers different methods of these cosmetic filling agents to patients at Brentwood Medical Clinic. Below is a look at the benefits and risks of some of the injectable filling agents that are readily available in clinics across Canada today.
Most individuals wanting to remove lines and wrinkles from their face will often inquire about collagen-based fillers. Collagen is one of the best-known treatments and is undoubtedly something that many have heard of. Collagen is a natural substance that is found in your body. Collagen begins to get lost as you age. This lack of collagen in the body can cause your skin to lose its elasticity, and wrinkles will form as a result. Cosmetic forms of collagen, which is often sourced from cows, helps reverse the aging process. It is important to note that some can be sensitive to collagen and develop an allergy, so it is important to consult your physician before commencing any treatment containing collagen.
Alternatives to collagen such as hyaluronic acid fillers, as discussed below, can yield similar results but have less of a risk of allergy. Because of this, hyaluronic acid fillers are more commonly used in medical practices today due to their safety. Also, it has been found that collagen does not last as long as other fillers in comparison to those composed of hyaluronic acid or other synthetic material. This is due to the body breaking down collagen more quickly – typically three months after your initial treatment.
While collagen has provided great cosmetic perks for several years, many physicians have made the switch to hyaluronic acid-based fillers. This is due to hyaluronic being a safer filling agent. Also, no allergy pre-testing is required. Hyaluronic fillers also last much longer – and, unlike collagen treatments, hyaluronic acid can actually help to vitalize and stimulate the production of the skin’s collagen.
Calcium-based fillers are vastly different to collagen or hyaluronic acid fillers. They contain calcium hydroxylapatite (otherwise known as CaHA) which is a natural substance found in the body and assists in the health of your nails and teeth. Calcium fillers provide volume enhancement, and similar to hyaluronic acid it also helps the body produce collagen. Calcium-based fillers can last up to one year, making fewer treatments required.
In conclusion, the use of synthetic and collagen-based fillers have become commonplace in Canada and society today. These types of fillers offer a fairly inexpensive way to help you look and feel your best.
If you are interested in discovering more about the process of any of the aforementioned fillers, get in touch with your general practitioner to discuss the best treatment options available for you.