Newport Beach dermatologist matches patients to ideal filler treatment

To grasp the power of fillers as a treatment option is to understand just how they work. While this may seem a daunting task at first because there are more than 150 fillers on the market, all fillers generally work the same way:

  • A material customized to your concern is injected into a specific area of your face
  • More of the injectable filler is added, as needed
  • Each injection only requires a few minutes per site

Fillers are made from a number of different types of materials. Dr. Arta Farshidi offers fillers made from:

  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite
  • Poly-L-lactic acid

HA-based fillers include Juvéderm, Restylane, and Perlane. These fillers are popular, partly because HA is a substance that occurs naturally in the skin as a moisturizer and in the eyes and joints as a lubricant. Generally, the effects of HA-based gels last about 4 to 12 months. Some HA fillers, such as Belotero Balance, are specially formulated to instantly fill up and smooth moderate to severe folds around the mouth and above the lips.

Radiesse is made from calcium hydroxylapatite. These calcium-based substances are similar to minerals present in the body, so like Hyaluronic acid-based fillers Radiesse is biocompatible. When suspended in a gel, Radiesse may be injected into many of the lines in the lower part of the face including the:

  • Dimples on either side the chin where the skin sags
  • Lengthwise wrinkles on the chin
  • Smile and “marionette” lines around the nose and mouth and at the corners of the mouth

Radiesse is different from other fillers in that it has also been shown to stimulate the production of collagen. Plentiful in youth, the production of this firming protein diminishes as you age. Radiesse is known to last up to at least a year. The body absorbs the filler over time, leaving behind natural collagen.

Sculptra is a Poly-L-lactic acid filler. This synthetic material also helps to replace lost collagen. Results are seen gradually and may last for more than 2 years. The body safely absorbs PLLA, which has been used for years in dissolvable stitches.

Generally, side effects are minor and include temporary redness, swelling, and tenderness. Fillers are distinguished from other injectable treatments such as Botox and Dysport.

Fillers are injected to restore fullness and smooth wrinkles and other surface irregularities such as scars. Botox and Dysport are injected into the muscles that ultimately create static expression lines, like crow’s feet around the eyes from years of squinting. The injectable keeps the muscle from contracting. A muscle in which contractions are limited does not pull at the skin enough to promote lines and wrinkles.

To find out more about injectable treatments and other types of procedures to restore your fresh, youthful appearance schedule a consultation at Arta Dermatology.


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