The Many Types of Dermal Fillers

Wrinkles can be troubling for patients in the Miami, Florida community, as they are often some of the first things to make us feel aged. Finding a way to reduce or get rid of wrinkles is often a goal of many who notice them starting to appear on the face. Through dermal fillers, many patients have achieved that goal. There are several types of dermal fillers available, and it's important that patients discuss all of their treatment options with a professional in their area to ensure they receive the proper care and service. 

Dermal fillers are used to treat static wrinkles. These are wrinkles that appear when the face is at rest. Wrinkles that appear due to the contraction of muscles when a facial expression is made are called dynamic wrinkles. These are treated by other procedures such as Dysport and BOTOX ®, which work to paralyze the underlying muscle that causes the wrinkle to form. If you're unsure whether you have static wrinkles or dynamic wrinkles, ask a Miami cosmetic specialist for assistance and inquire as to the treatment options available to you.

Dermal fillers may be made of various substances such as hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Perlane, JUVEDERM ®) and collagen (Evolence, Artefill, Cosmoplast, Cosmoderm). Evolence is made of pig collagen, Artefill of cow collagen, and Cosmoplast and Cosmoderm of human collagen. Other materials used include poly lactic acid (Sculptra) and calcium hydroxyl apatite (Radiesse). Skin testing may be required in certain fillers such as Artefill, which requires testing to see if there is a hypersensitivity to the collagen used. Just because skin testing is not a requirement, though, does not mean that hypersensitivity is not possible. Ask your physician about possible hypersensitivity to various dermal fillers.

One of the other common concerns with dermal fillers is the price. The cost of treatment is often related to the longevity of the results from each session. For instance, Sculptra may last for two to four years, but is among the most expensive options. The same goes for Artefill, which may last for more than five years. With results lasting between two and six months, Cosmoplast and Cosmoderm are among the cheaper options on the market. Weigh this when selecting your treatment, and remember to consider any potential long-term savings by going with a more expensive option.  Speak with a Miami cosmetic specialist for further information.

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