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Is Dermal Filler For You?

Twenty-five years ago, going under the
knife for a face-lift was the way to get rid of wrinkly, sagging skin. But
today, a range of dermal fillers can be injected to soften those facial
creases, enhance shallow contours, and plump up thinning lips. With these
nonsurgical “liquid facelifts,” you can get back the youthful fullness of your
face in about an hour, with immediate results, and no downtime.
These treatments are temporary, lasting
anywhere from six months to two years, and therefore, must be repeated for
It may appear more cost
effective to have permanent fillers but these may bring permanent
complications. Permanent dermal filler injected in your 40s may not look the
same on your face as when you are in your 60s.
The optimal age for a patient to begin getting
fillers is in the 40s to early 50s. However, a lifestyle of soaking in the sun,
smoking and liquor, and lack of sleep has made it easy for young people in
their 20s and 30s to have early frown lines. Also, much younger patients have
come for nonsurgical rhinoplasty and chin augmentation. With the increasing
popularity of dermal filler procedures, the question has changed from “Should
I?” to “Which one?”
Restylane and Hyaluronica are offered as dermal filler options at SkinStation.
Restylane and Hyaluronica are made of hyaluronic
the hyaluronic acid sounds familiar, it’s because the same substance is used as
anti-aging and moisturizing ingredient in DERMAX HYAL C, among other DERMAX
Professional skin care products. Hyaluronic acid is also injected into the
aching joints of people with arthritis to provide extra cushioning.
Because the body
produces hyaluronic acid naturally, it hardly ever causes an allergic reaction,
and it gives a smoother, more natural appearance. Other
brand names using
hyaluronic acid include: Juvaderm, Hylaform, Perlane, and Prevelle.
Radiesse and Radiance are dermal fillers made of very tiny, smooth microspheres of calcium
hydroxylapatite (CaHA). 
A common misconception is that dermal fillers do the
same job as Botox injections. Although both Botox and dermal fillers reduce the
appearance of wrinkles, these products don’t treat the same type of wrinkles.
Botox is used on areas where the skin gets wrinkled due to frequent muscle
movement. On the other hand, dermal fillers literally fill in sunken areas
resulting from the aging process.
The dermatologist will determine which fillers to use
on specific parts of the face to be treated. Some fillers are more viscous;
others are more fluid and can plump larger areas. A combination of Botox and
fillers may achieve best results in many cases. 
This article was published in the Lifestyle Section of Manila Bulletin on July 30, 2013. The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to 

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