Different Types of Injectable Fillers: Restylane vs Fat Transfer
As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and years of facial muscle movement, such as smiling, chewing, and squinting. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful and plumped up begin to break down, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet or facial creases over the areas where this muscle movement occurs.
Soft-tissue fillers, most commonly injectable collagen or fat, can help fill in these lines and creases, temporarily restoring a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. When injected beneath the skin, these fillers plump up creased and sunken areas of the face. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks. Injectable fillers may be used alone or in conjunction with a resurfacing procedure, such as a laser treatment, or a recontouring procedure, such as a facelift.
In recent years, injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, and fat transfers have become very popular. Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane maintains its shape using the body’s own moisture. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is hydrophilic or “water-loving.” As hyaluronic acid gradually degrades, each molecule binds to more water, and over time, the same volume can be maintained with less hyaluronic acid. This ability of hyaluronic acid to bind to water is what helps provide lasting results. Injectable fillers are small injections of gel that typically consist of hyaluronic acid which fills in wrinkles and add volume to softer tissue, such as lips, cheeks, eyes and even your jawline. Injectable fillers typically restore lost volume in the face and smooth out deep-set lines. While it depends on how each individual reacts to the treatment, but expect the filler to last roughly between 6 and 18 months. To ensure there is minimal discomfort during the procedure, your medical professional will apply an anesthetic cream before the treatment begins. Your face has many underlying sensitive structures, such as nerves, vessels, and veins that can be damaged if the treatment is not performed by a trained and experienced medical professional.
Fat transfers are another type of injectable filler, which is harvested by the patient’s own body fat and re-administered to enhance facial fullness, fill creases, or build up shallow contours. Fat Transfers are a natural, safe, and non-allergic treatment option to fill in sunken areas or recontour your facial features. Typical areas for the patients “donor-area” consist of the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks; micro-liposuction is used to transfer the fat as a graft to the injectable areas. In most cases, about 50% of the fat injected will survive and will last for a lifetime, but in other cases, multiple fat transfers can be needed to achieve the desired results.
Though many different fillers are available, we have found Restylane and autogenous fat to be the safest and most effective solutions for injectable fillers. If you’re interested in learning more about getting Injectable Fillers or any type of plastic surgery in the Inland Empire, please give us a call at Terracina Surgical Arts in Redlands, CA. (909) 798-9950.