Saturday, July 14, 2007

Anti Aging : Wrinkle Fillers: The Next Fountain of Youth?

There are many options on the market today for reducing those fine lines and wrinkles that seem to make their way to our faces by the time we are celebrating the mid-life crisis. Some are topical in nature, and some are surgical. One procedure that many are turning to is a wrinkle filler, which will give similar effects to surgery without the need for a general anesthesia and a long recovery period. While wrinkle fillers have been used for many years now, the technology of the procedure is constantly advancing and improving to make the process safer and longer lasting. If you would like to say goodbye to some of your deeper lines and wrinkles, perhaps a soft tissue filler procedure is the answer for you. But before you make an appointment for your wrinkle filler, there are a few basics that you should know about this process.

As you age, your body begins to lose collagen, which is the process that contributes to the lines that begin to develop on your face as well as to your sagging skin. Without collagen, your skin cannot maintain the elasticity of its youth. It stands to reason that by injecting collagen back into the skin, you would be able to effectively erase some of those signs of aging. This is essentially what a wrinkle filler will do, although the substance that is injected will vary, based on the type of procedure that is done. According to many of the manufacturers and doctors who perform wrinkle fillers, there are a number of areas that will effectively respond to this type of treatment. Wrinkle fillers work best on moderate to deep lines and wrinkles, as well as sunken cheeks and crow’s feet. For mild lines and defects, a topical agent is generally recommended first, since it is less invasive than injections.

Types of Wrinkle Fillers

There are a number of different types of wrinkle fillers on the market today, and they will vary based on the substance that is injected under the skin to replace the collagen that is lost. Most will use collagen that is human or bovine in nature, or will contain a base ingredient called hyaluronic acid or HA. The material used will determine how long the procedure will generally last (anywhere from three months to a year or more), how likely you are to have an allergic reaction to the injections, and how expensive the process will be. If you are considering a wrinkle filler procedure, talk to your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist about which procedure might be the best for you. In the case of a wrinkle filler injection, it will pay to collect your facts and seek professional advice before making a final decision.

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