How Do Injectable Fillers Work?

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A middle aged woman in glasses at a coffee shop smiling.Dermal fillers, also known as injectable fillers, are non-invasive alternatives to plastic surgery that can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and increase facial volume. Most FDA-approved injectable fillers use a substance called hyaluronic acid to revitalize the skin and restore the youthfulness of the face. Found in both Restylane® and Juvederm® products, this acid is naturally produced by the body and is responsible for regulating your skin’s nutrient balance.

Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar molecule that binds with water to act as a lubricant for joints as well as a regulator for moisture in the skin. As we age, our body produces less hyaluronic acid, causing the skin to lose volume and smoothness. This eventually leads to wrinkles, lines, loose skin, and a sunken appearance around the cheeks.

Injectable fillers contain a stabilized hyaluronic acid gel that is identical to the hyaluronic acid produced by the body. When injected, this gel immediately diminishes the look of wrinkles and lines, resulting in a soft, subtle improvement. While the solution is temporary, the results can last upwards of 6-9 months depending on the area being treated. Injectable fillers can also be used to enhance the contours of the face and create fuller lips.

Not all injectable fillers are made from hyaluronic acid though. If you have an area of the body with excess fat that can be used to permanently improve another location, a fat transfer is also a great option. This technique uses liposuction to remove fat from an unwanted area (such as the thighs or abdomen), purify it, and inject it into another part of the body to provide longer-lasting results. Fat transfer is an increasingly popular option for those who want to achieve a smooth contour or plumpness in their breasts, buttocks, and face.

Want to Restore Your Youthful Appearance? Contact Dr. David Bogue Today

If you are interested in injectable fillers and want to know if they are right for you, call Dr. Bogue at 561-886-1000 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients living in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and surrounding Florida communities.

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