Most of you are probably aware that facial fillers, particularly lip fillers, are becoming increasingly popular, especially on social media. Cosmetic enhancements have grown in popularity over the past 20 years. More specifically, demand for non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures has intensified dramatically, with Kylie Jenner's experience with lip fillers, and the recent trend of having luscious lips. The number of soft tissue fillers administered in the United States has increased significantly from 2676,970 in 2018 to 341,730 in 2020, according to statistics. 

In recent years, medical spas, such as Skinly Aesthetics cosmetic dermatology in New York, which specialize in minimally invasive medical aesthetics and injectable surgery, have become increasingly popular. No matter why this is because beauty standards are constantly changing through social media, or whether people just are more open about getting work done now and minimally invasive procedures are more popular, it doesn't really matter. In other words, what is it people are getting injected into their faces?


What are Hyaluronic Acids?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers are commonly used for soft tissue filler. FDA-approved HA fillers have been around since the 1970s, originally for treating arthritis, even after the official ban on liquid silicone, which even though illegal in Canada, was still available in New York in one pound jars until 1991. 

HAG, a non-sulfated protein naturally found in the body, increases volume when injected into desired areas because of its water-retention capabilities. Perhaps you have even heard of it in serums, creams, and anti-aging products. What are fillers used for now? Are big lips and contoured cheeks the only things you can achieve with it?

Duck lips and puffy cheeks may come to mind when you think about facial fillers, but they are not always as obvious as you would think.

Fillers are used in a variety of areas of the face, including the forehead, nose, under eyes, cheeks, nasolabial folds, jawline, chin, and temples. Deep scars and wrinkles can also be minimized with facial fillers. HA fillers were initially applied to restore and correct lipoatrophy (facial fat loss) in HIV-positive patients.


To whom are facial fillers suited? Do you need them? 

A facial filler can be used to enhance almost anyone's facial appearance as long as you are happy with the way your face looks and there are no problematic areas that you would like addressed. The medical spa will know exactly what you need to look good, if you ask them for suggestions. There is a filler out there you don't even know existed, that can instantly make your face look younger. As an example, I didn't know that my under eye circles were that bad until I had them filled in. After looking at myself, I looked much younger and more alert. 

Having said that, nobody needs to accomplish anything. Fillers are used not to transform your entire face, but to enhance your natural beauty. A few little tweaks can be made throughout your face to bring back volumes to areas that may have become hollow from aging. 


Can fillers and botox be distinguished?

Adding volume with facial fillers, and relaxing muscles with botox decreases or eliminates muscle contractions which in turn reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Usually botox is used for wrinkles, but a dermal filler can also be injected into deeper lines to fill them in when botox is insufficient to work.

What other fillers exist?

HA fillers are often regarded as the most popular facial fillers, as we mentioned above. Because HA fillers dissolve, I personally prefer them, especially if they're used on my face. There are also other fillers like Radiesse and Sculptra. It is possible to use both on the face and on other parts of the body. Radiesse is often injected into your hands to make them look younger by making them looks less veiny and bony (I was surprised when I first found out about hand fillers as well!) In many cases, Sculptra is used as an alternative to implants or Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL). In contrast to other fillers, Sculptra stimulates your own collagen production over time (two to three months, to be precise) causing the area where it is injected to grow. Therefore, unlike the other fillers we discussed, Sculptra can take time to show results. Sculptra's main selling point is that it is non-surgical, which in my opinion, is a big selling point over a BBL or implant.


Final thoughts

Even though facial filler treatments are entirely up to preference, and are not necessary for everyone, everyone deserves to feel and look beautiful. A facial filler is a great option when you wish to enhance the already natural beauty that you possess, whether you have hollowness under your eyes, desire a more defined jawline or simply wish to have fuller lips. Even though cosmetic surgery is so common, there is still a stigma attached to it. Although dermal fillers aren't for everyone, I don't see anything wrong with wanting to transform your appearance in any way, whether subtle or dramatic. The majority of people do their hair, wear makeup, dress up and do other things to enhance their appearance. The use of fillers is just another way to boost our confidence.

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