Procedures > Injectable Fillers
Facial aging occurs over time. Visible signs of facial aging are caused by sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle. Among the earliest signs of facial aging are the loss of facial fullness and the presence of wrinkles. By softening these facial lines, a person’s face can be restored to the fullness and volume of their youth. At our Woodbury, Long Island Cosmetic Plastic Surgery facility, results can be achieved without surgery by using non-surgical injectable fillers.
Dr. Schwartz recommends injectable fillers as an excellent option for patients who would like to restore facial contours and reduce the appearance of lines, creases and wrinkles. Injectable fillers are often used to enhance and plump thin lips, giving them a fuller appearance. Injectable fillers can also be used to enhance shallow contours in the skin. Patients looking to soften facial creases and reduce wrinkles may also benefit from the use of injectable fillers. In addition, the appearance of recessed scars can be reduced through the use of injectable fillers.
When considering injectable fillers, it is important to understand that they won’t stop the aging process. Dr. Schwartz would like to remind you that if you are looking to alter your facial elements, injectable fillers may not be right for you. You may opt for cosmetic plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, brow lift, or eye lift as a possible solution. While non-surgical treatments such as injectable fillers cannot achieve the results of cosmetic plastic surgical treatments, they may delay the time at which a facelift, brow lift or eye lift becomes appropriate.
Different Types of Injectable Fillers
Collagen is a natural protein in your body that is used to support the skin. The injectable filler, collagen, is that same main protein that is found throughout the body. Our skin is made of approximately 80% collagen. Collagen provides the strength that our skin needs.
Hyaluronic Acid is another injectable filler. This injectable filler, like collagen, is also a natural substance that is found in our bodies. Hyaluronic acid is a great choice for lip augmentation patients looking to plump thin lips and fill facial creases.
Hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like compound that is also found in the human body. It is found naturally in human bones. Hydroxylapatite is suspended in a gel-like formulation. Hydroxylapatite is the heaviest of facial fillers and is best used to fill deeper creases. This injectable filler is also used to enhance fullness to the cheeks as well as other facial contours.
Human fat is another injectable filler that is harvested from your own body. Human fat, also known as autologous fat, can be reinjected into the face to enhance fullness. Depending on the specific situation, human fat may be the most preferable form of injectable fillers because of its ability to fill deep creases and build up shallow contours. Something to consider is that human fat does require a more extensive procedure than other injectable fillers. This is because the fat must first be extracted from the body using liposuction before it can be injected into the face.