Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers

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    Juvederm is a soft-tissue filler used to address moderate to severe wrinkles by replacing the volume in your face that is lost with age. It's made of Hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar found in human skin that forms part of the matrix holding skin cells together. It is also a component in collagen. These products attract water like a sponge, filling and plumping the tissue. The treatment may last 12 months.
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    Hylaform is used to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It is a form of hyaluronic acid made from rooster combs.
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    Radiesse is an injectable calcium hydroxylapatite gel used for filling facial wrinkles and folds. Calcium hydroxyapatite is found in teeth and bones and is used for numerous medical applications including cheek, jaw, skull and chin implants. Another brand name is Radiance.
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    Captique is a cosmetic product used to reduce wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Results are immediate. Two to three touchups a year are usually needed to maintain results.
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    Artefill is a synthetic filler used for filling facial wrinkles and folds. It contains 20% polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) beads suspended in 80% collagen. A few months after injection, the collagen breaks down, sparking your body to produce its own natural collagen to fill in the space. Unlike other fillers, Artefill is not absorbed by the body.
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    Cosmoderm is a human collagen wrinkle filler. It was introduced in an attempt to decrease the allergic reactions to cow collagen. Made from human skin tissue that is grown in a laboratory, Cosmoderm is strengthened by the chemical glutaraldehyde. It is made from dead humans. There is no way to sugarcoat that fact. And there is no way to assure with total certainty that a disease will not be passed along from the dead donor to the recipient of the collagen. Still, infectious diseases such as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or hepatitis, West Nile virus, or Cruetzfeld-Jacob disease (the human mad cow disease) have never resulted from a Cosmoderm injection.

    On the other hand, every type of tissue ever transplanted from one human to another has eventually been linked to infectious disease transmission. Hepatitis C has been passed along, even when the organ donor tested negative! Diseases that we can't even test for yet might be in the tissue. There has been one death and at least two dozen serious infections from the transplantation of other types of contaminated tissue from one person to another.

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    Sculptra is an injectable polylactic acid used for filling facial wrinkles and folds. This compound is used in numerous medical products, such as stitches and screws used to repair broken bones. Although Sculptra has only been approved to restore shape and contour to the faces of those with AIDS, it is often used "off label" for cosmetic treatments. Sculptra usually requires three monthly treatments to rebuild the lost volume. It may take up to four to six weeks to see the full effect, and while Sculptra is considered semi-permanent, you may need an occasional touch-up treatment.
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    This is a newly approved filler made of a type of sugar called poly-L-Lactic acid. It is used for deeper lines, especially on the cheeks and around the mouth. It should not be used in the lips since it cannot be injected deep enough at this site and will therefore leave the lips looking lumpy. Small amounts are injected over several sessions. Anesthetic is used as needed, either topical or a nerve block. The results are expected to last one year or longer.
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    Restylane and Perlane are soft-tissue fillers used to reduce moderate to severe wrinkles around the nose and mouth. The active ingredient is a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar found in human skin that forms part of the matrix holding skin cells together. It is also a component in collagen. These products attract water like a sponge, filling and plumping the tissue. Perlane contains more hyaluronic acid and therefore works better for filling deep lines, while Restylane is used in fine lines or in thin-skinned people. One injection is needed for 6 to 12 months of effectiveness, depending on the patient and the area being treated.
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    The function of Restylane is to add volume where the body's own hyaluronic acid has been depleted. Restylane can also be used to create extra volume in the cheeks, chin and lips. A local anesthetic is generally necessary for lip augmentation. A nerve block, which is a tiny injection often done from the inside of the mouth, quickly numbs a large, local area such as the lips or the area around the mouth.