The fillers on the market today really can be considered the fountain of youth when it comes to restoring a youthful appearance to the face.
“My patients are usually super excited about the results,” says Vivesse Med Spa’s aesthetic nurse practitioner Amanda Scranton, an expert in injectables. “With Botox, it can take seven to ten days to see the full impact of the treatment, but with filler, the results are immediate.” Scranton also points out that it’s important for patients to realize Botox is used from the “eyes up,” while fillers are used from the “nose down.”
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At Dr. Lori Greewald’s Vivesse Med Spa, Scranton works with 15 different types of fillers, including Juvederm and Restylane. Scranton says there are so many different types of filler because the product has been fine-tuned to address different areas of the face. Some of the Juvederm products (Voluma and Juvederm XC) alleviate deeper wrinkles and help restore volume while others smooth out the fine lines that form near the lips (Volbella). “It’s really hard for patients to keep track of every single product that’s out there,” says Scranton, “ I ask people what bothers them and make recommendations based on that.”
The most widely used fillers on the market are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that helps retain moisture and elasticity and adds volume to the face. As we age, we lose collagen which causes our skin to sag, creating wrinkles and folds. Fillers “plump up” those areas, filling in the furrows that make us look old or tired. Scranton says the difference between the types of fillers is how big that molecule of hyaluronic acid is and how much it’s going to plump out. “Some fillers are smoother and thinner. Those are really good for “smoker’s lines” above the lips. Some are really thick and will hold up much longer and that’s better for the cheeks.”
The most commonly-requested areas that Scranton treats are the nasolabial folds and marionette lines – also known as “laugh lines” – which run from corners of the nose down past the mouth This is consistent with the national trend. According to a representative from Allergan, the maker of Juvederm, nearly half of their product is used to address this area of the face. The next most commonly treated area is the cheeks.
One of the great selling points about fillers made from hyaluronic acid is they look natural and last one to two years. Side effects are minimal. Most people have some swelling, which subsides in a few days. In some cases, Scranton says there’s slight bruising.
Fillers are really catching on. Nationally, Allergan sales for injectable fillers grew 20-percent last year. One of the largest areas of growth in popularity is among Millenials, who want to stave off the signs of aging. Bottom line: everyone’s taking a lot more selfies these days and fillers are a proven and safe way to recapture that youthful look.
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