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Dermal Fillers

Downey patients ask, “Are permanent or temporary dermal fillers best?”

It’s estimated there are more than 160 different dermal fillers on the market today. More than 50 companies worldwide sell these injectable medications to plump and smooth the skin.

The FDA places these fillers into two basic categories, based off of the material used to make this product:
  • Absorbable
  • Non-absorbable
Absorbable fillers get their name from the fact that the body absorbs these products over time. The body does not absorb the second category of fillers.

Generally, absorbable fillers are considered safer and have fewer side effects than their non-absorbable counterparts.

The most common absorbable fillers are hyaluronic acid (HA) based. Every person has HA in his or her body naturally. High concentrations of this sugar compound can be found in the eyes, joints and skin.

Hyaluronic acid and aging

HA is a key molecule involved with keeping skin moist. One of its unique features is the ability to bind and retain water. The natural or intrinsic aging process is associated with loss of skin moisture. The outer layer of skin loses this molecule responsible for binding and retaining water over time. The lower layer or dermis is also affected by age-related changes to HA that contribute to a dehydrated appearance and diminished elasticity. Wrinkles become more noticeable. Folds and loose tissues appear in once taut skin.

Since hyaluronic acid is a natural component of plump, hydrated skin it makes sense that the most successful and safe dermal fillers are derived from this substance. Think of popular products such as Juvéderm and Perlane as merely replenishing a natural component of healthy skin.

When this gel is injected it not only brings water to the skin’s surface but it inflates supportive facial structures and tissues. With these types of fillers you get the best of both worlds. Since these materials already exist in the body concerns about how the substance will affect other tissues are diminished. These dermal fillers last a long time, which addresses questions about the effectiveness of this safe, biocompatible and biodegradable treatment.

Dr. Blose also offers Radiesse, a product made from another type of naturally-occurring substance found in the teeth and bones, calcium hydroxylapatite.

Schedule an appointment on (562) 923-6450 to discuss permanent dermal fillers in Downey with Dr. Blose and his team.

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