Modern medical advances have given way to a variety of new methods for creating the look that we’ve always wanted. Injectable dermal fillers are just one way to improve the look and finish of your skin, and they can even be useful for reducing the appearance of markings caused by more serious medical issues. In this article, we’re going to go over some of the different types of injectable dermal fillers. Our hope is that learning more about these marvels of science will dispel any worries or confusion you might have in regard to them.
Of all the different types of injectable dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid is perhaps one that’s better known by the general public. There are many brand names for hyaluronic acid injection—Juvederm is one that the team at Fab Med Spa are intensely familiar with—but they all serve a similar purpose. Hyaluronic acid helps reduce depressions in the skin as well as improve your skin’s contouring. It’s a naturally occurring substance in your body that can help smooth lines on your face and even reduce the appearance of scars.
Another substance found naturally in humans is calcium hydroxylapitite. This kind of dermal filler injection is a compound that takes a form similar to other naturally occurring minerals in your body. Calcium hydroxylapatite can help with lines and folds on your face, improve the fullness of your cheeks, and even counteract the effects of certain medications that cause facial wasting over time. Calcium hydroxylapatite has a long history of safety and side effects don’t occur too often with its use.
Doctors consider polyalkylimide to be a semi-permanent filler that is very useful for deeper facial wrinkles or particularly depressed areas of scarring. Polyalkylimide can also help with plumping lips and managing other losses of facial volume that come with age. A thin layer of collagen develops around the polyalkylimide after a short time, making the process very stable and even reversible in some cases.
Polylactic acid is different from the previous fillers because of its synthetic nature. Doctors can use polylactic acid to stimulate the body to produce its own collagen. Because of this trait, polylactic acid injections don’t produce results right away. Instead, the results appear over time as your body produces more natural collagen.
PMMA (Polymethyl-Methcrylate Microspheres)
PMMA differentiates itself from the other fillers on this list because of its tendency to be more permanent than the others. PMMA injections require very careful injections because of their more permanent nature. Many doctors will underfill on a patient’s first treatment to gauge the body’s reaction and adjust accordingly.
If you would like to explore your own options for injectable dermal fillers, Fab Med Spa would love to go into more detail with you. We want you to feel totally confident going into your appointment, so don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns.