Anti aging

Dermal Fillers Such As Isolagen and Aquamid Injections to Repair Wrinkles

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Here is a selection of permanent dermal fillers to choose from. As always do your research before having any of these injectable derma fillers because once in the skin they remain there permanently. Some of them are removable but why would you want to put yourself through all that?

The key to having success with facial fillers is to go to several consultations with different doctors, discuss all the pros and cons and see pictures of the same procedure you are interested in.

Also make sure that the practitioner has plenty of experience with the facial filler of your choice. Don’t take it lightly as errors do happen more often that we think.

Silicon 1000

These dermal injections are of non-animal origin, and made of highly purified silicone oil. Is approved by the FDA (food and drug administration, US) for some eye related conditions but is NOT approved for cosmetic procedures in US. Some physicians use Silicon 1000 to add volume to some parts of the face such as:

  • Lips
  • Cheeks
  • To fill in wrinkles
  • To treat some scars

But be aware that the Silicone can migrate to other areas and can form lumps under the skin. You must bear this in mind if you are thinking of having Silicon injected into your face, because it’s a permanent dermal filler which means that it can’t be removed once is injected. Personally, I wouldn’t choose a facial filler that can have so many complications, and is not approved by the FDA.

Aquamid Injections

Aquamid is an injectable implant, non-animal origin, made from natural materials (polycrylamide and water). It is a clear, soft gel that will not migrate to other areas of the face, and will not became hard, giving you a natural look. Aquamid is used for facial contouring and to give volume to some parts of the face such as

  • Lips
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Nose bridge
  • To treat depressed scars

And to fill in deep facial wrinkles such as

  • Nasolabial fold
  • Forehead frowns
  • Depressed corners of the mouth

Aquamid is not used for fine lines, and an area already treated with a permanent dermal injection. If the area has been previously treated with temporary dermal fillers it has to disappear before applying Aquamid.

Aquamid is injected under the skin with a fine needle. Topical or local anesthetic may be used to diminish pain. The area treated can present some redness, bruising, swelling, itching…This should only be temporary (few days) but consult your doctor if it last longer.

The treatment can take up to 45 minutes, and you can see the result immediately. There is no need for a previous test with Aquamid injections and it can’t be used together with other dermal fillers. Cost depends on several factors such as area-s treated, amount of filler used, physician fees and region or country in which the treatment is taking place. Normally you will have to pay per syringe.

Artefill or Artecoll Injections

Artecoll, also known as Artefill outside the US, are dermal fillers, of animal origin and made of microscopic particules (PMMA), suspended in collagen from cow skin. Although some doctors use it is not approved by the FDA (food and drug administration, US).

Artefill injections are used to

  • Fill in wrinkles and fine lines
  • Treat acne scars
  • Lip enhancement

These dermal fillers are injected under the skin, and contains the numbing agent “lidocaine” to minimize pain. After the treatment the area injected can have some redness, swelling, bruising and itching. This should only be temporary (few days) but consult your doctor if it last longer. The result is permanent but the cosmetic result will diminish over time. It can take up to 45 minutes and you can see the result immediately but it does require a previous test because is from animal origin.

Cost depends on several factors such as area-s treated, amount of Artecoll used, physician fees, region or country where the treatment is taking place. Normally you will have to pay per syringe.

Artecoll is a permanent wrinkle filler and some research suggests that it can cause lumps and bumps in the face. Personally I wouldn’t choose a filler that can have this kind of side effects, remember that there are other alternatives like temporary injectable fillers to choose from. As always consult with your physician the safety and effectiveness of the products.

Bio Alcamid or Aquamid

Bio-Alcamid is a dermal injection, non-animal origin, made of a synthetic material (poly-Alkyl-Imide) and water. Once in the skin it forms a thin capsule of collagen around the filler. Is not approved by the FDA (food and drug administration, US) but is used in Europe, Mexico, Canada…since 2000.

Bio-Alcamid is used to add volume to some parts of the face such as

  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Jaw
  • Lips
  • To treat depressed scars
  • To fill in deep folds and wrinkles

Bio-Alcamid is not used to treat fine lines. These dermal fillers are injected under the skin and some topical or local anesthetic may be used to diminish pain. The results can be seen progressively, within few weeks. Although Bio-Alcamid is permanent, it could be removed if necessary. There is no need for a previous test, but the long term safety of this product is not known. Consult with your practitioner the pros and cons of having these dermal fillers injected.

The treatment can last up to one hour, and the area treated can experience some redness, bruising, swelling, itching…This should only be temporary (few days) but consult your doctor if it last longer.

Despite that it’s a permanent facial filler, the cosmetic result will diminish over time due to age and several other factors. If you want to preserve the look more treatments will be needed in the future.

Cost of Bio-alcamid depends on several factors such as area-s treated, amount of filler needed, physician fees and region or country in which the treatment is taking place. Is normally priced per ml.

Dermalive And Dermadeep

Dermalive and Dermadeep are dermal fillers, non-animal origin, made of a new form of hyaluronic acid (a substance that occurs naturally in the body and is highly moisturizing). Dermalive is used for medium to deep wrinkles and folds such as

  • Frown lines
  • Nasolabial
  • Corners of the mouth
  • To reshape lip contour
  • To treat depressed scars
  • To treat acne scars

Dermadeep as the name can suggest, is used to fill in deeper wrinkles and to add volume to sunken parts of the face. The manufacturer claims that the effect is permanent, but the cosmetic effect will diminish over time, so you will need more treatments in the future to preserve the look.

It can take up to 45 minutes and the area treated can experience some redness, swelling, bruising, itching. This should only be temporary (few days) but consult your doctor if it last longer. No previous test is required because is from non-animal origin, but let your practitioner know about any allergies or medications.

Cost depend on several factors such as area-s treated, amount of injectable dermal filler needed, physician fees and region or country in which the treatment is taking place.

Evolution

Evolution is a permanent dermal filler, non animal origin, made of Polyacrilamide gel and porous microspheres. These microspheres attract the procollagen molecules, adding volume where is needed. Is not approved by the FDA (food and drug administration, US) but is used in Europe, Australia, Asia. These dermal fillers are used to fill in deep wrinkles and folds such as

  • Nasolabial fold
  • Facial contouring

Evolution is injected under the skin and some anesthetic may be applied to diminish pain. The area treated can experience some redness, bruising, swelling, itching…This should only be temporary (few days) but consult your doctor if it last longer. Although the results are said to be permanent, the cosmetic result will diminish over time, so more treatments will be needed in the future to preserve the look.

Cost of Evolution depends on several factors such as area-s treated, amount of dermal injection needed, physician fees and region or country where the treatment is taking place.

Isolagen

Isolagen uses a different technique to other dermal fillers. This treatment gives your skin a more younger appearance and is often quote as “grow your own facelift”. Isolagen works by taking a small sample of your own skin, normally from behind your ears, using local anesthetic. Then the sample is sent to the laboratory, where collagen producing cells (fibroplast), will be grown. This process will take about two or three months. Then when the new cells are ready, they are injected into the skin, to promote collagen production and tissue growth. Isolagen skin treatment has not been yet approved by the FDA (food and drug administration, US), but is used in other countries. Isolagen injections are used for

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Hands
  • Isolagen for acne scars

The cells are injected through a fine needle and the results can be seen gradually, over the next few months. A series of Isolagen treatments will be needed few weeks apart. The result is long lasting and you can even freeze the cells to use them at a later date. As you are using your own cells, Isolagen is a safe skin treatment. After the injection the area treated can experience some redness, swelling, bruising, itching…This should only last for around few days, but consult your doctor if it last longer.

Isolagen skin treatment doesn’t come cheap. You will have to pay apart for the biopsy and cell storage, then depending of the area you want to treat the price can range from £2900 to £3999 approx.

Outline

Outline is a temporary long lasting dermal filler, non-animal origin, made of absorbable polyacrylamide gel. There are three types of Outline long term dermal fillers

1- Outline fine is used for fine lines and wrinkles such as crow’s feet, forehead

2- Outline original is used for deep lines and folds such as the nasolabial, heavy forehead lines…Is also used for lip enhancement

3- Outline ultra is used for deeper folds

Outline works by stimulating collagen increase, adding volume where is needed and plumping the skin. Is not yet approved by the FDA (food and drug administration, US) but is used in other countries. A fine needle is injected under the skin and some anesthetic may be applied to minimize pain. The area treated can experience some redness, bruising, swelling, itching…This only should last for few hours-days but consult your doctor if it last longer. The result is long lasting (from one to five years) and one more treatment may be needed one month apart.

Outline cost depends on several factors such as area-s treated, amount of filler needed, physician fees and region or country in which the treatment is taking place.

Softform And Ultrasoft

Softform and Ultrasoft are more implants than dermal fillers. Softform and Ultrasoft are of non-animal origin and made of a biocompatible material, the same material used in heart and abdominal surgery. They are approved by the FDA (food and drug administration, US) and used to fill in deep wrinkles and folds such as

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Deep frown lines
  • To define lip border

Softform implant is inserted through two small incisions, below the area you want to treat. The treatment is made under local anesthetic, and sometimes sedation is used. This can take up to 30 minutes and the results which are permanent but easily removed can be seen immediately.

The area treated can experience some swelling, redness, itching, bruising,  tightness…Be aware that Softform facial implants can be felt under the skin. There is no need for a previous test, but consult with your practitioner about possible risks.

Ultrasoft implants are very similar to Softform but three times softer, as the company reports. Ultrasoft is a new improved version of Softform or the next generation as it has been called.

Cost depends on several factors but normally you will have to pay per implant.

Goretex

Goretex is a microporous implant, non-animal origin, made of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) which is the same material used for some medical conditions and to make raincoats, tents, boots. Goretex implant is approved by the FDA (food and drug administration, US). It is used to

  • Fill in deep facial wrinkles
  • Nasolabial fold
  • Treat some scars
  • Add volume to the lips

Goretex implants are inserted through a small incision below the area you want to treat, then is closed with stitches. The procedure is made under local anesthetic, and sedation can be used if needed. Treatment can take up to one hour, depending on the area-s treated. The result is permanent, although it can be removed if desired, and can be seen immediately. The area treated can experience some redness, swelling, bruising, itching, tightness; is most likely that you will feel the Goretex implant under the skin. There is no need for an allergy test but discuss with your practitioner all the pros and cons about having one.

Cost varies depending on physician fees but expect to pay per implant.

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