What are facial fillers?
Facial fillers are synthetic or naturally occurring substances injected into the lines, folds, and tissues of the face to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and restore the facial fullness that decreases with age.
They’re used to erase smile lines, plump up cheeks and lips, correct acne scars and fluff up your under eyes.
The vast majority of fillers are absorbable. Thus, they offer temporary results that last from months to a couple of years, depending on the product and the person.
Types of facial fillers
The market is abuzz with facial fillers.
While many facial fillers provide immediate results, some of them will require several treatments over the course of weeks or months for optimal benefits, followed by occasional touch-ups.
Hyaluronic acid (HA)
This gel-like substance is found naturally in the body. It’s used to “plump up” skin, adding volume to places like the cheeks and smoothing out wrinkles, especially around the eyes, lips, and forehead.
Brand names include Juvéderm and Restylane. Because the body reabsorbs the hyaluronic acid gradually over time, results generally only last 6 to 12 months. There have been some advances in the development of these dermal fillers, and these will typically last 12 months to 2 years.
Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
This filler uses calcium (in the form of microscopic particles) and adds it to a gel that is then injected. The gel is of a thicker consistency than HA, which makes it better suited for deep wrinkles, says the ABCS.
The results of CaHA (brand name Radiesse) tend to last about a year.
What are the brands of fillers used at Karmalite?
Juvéderm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra, Fillmed
Common side effects
According to the AAD, the following side effects — which tend to occur around the injection site — can be immediate, but usually clear within 7 to 14 days:
What are eye fillers?
Eye fillers are used to lighten the tear trough, or under-eye area. They make that area look plumper and brighter. And reducing under-eye shadows can make you look well rested.
Eye fillers can work wonders, but they’re not a miracle solution. For example, they’re not permanent, and they won’t address some concerns, such as crow’s feet.