When choosing a wrinkle filler you can select from over the counter fillers that you apply to the skin, or injectable fillers that are performed at your dermatologist’s office.
The price for procedures vary and what often determines whether or not someone chooses an over the counter to an injectable treatment is budget.
Others might choose to try an over the counter remedy and if they feel that they would rather have longer lasting results, then progress to an injectable filler. The most widely known injectable filler is botox.
Some over the counter fillers include StriVectin-WF, L'Oreal Dermo-Expertise, RoC-Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Filler, and Sudden Change Green Tea Collagen Line Filler. These over the counter wrinkle fillers average under $30 and $20.00 with the exception of Stri-Vectin Deep Wrinkle Filler that retails for approximately $60.00. These over the counter fillers work by adding collagen directly to the wrinkle itself.
They can be used on all facial wrinkles and will literally fill in the wrinkle. These fillers work by absorbing into the skin and expanding once they come in contact with skin's natural water.
When they expand, they literally plump out the skin and fill in wrinkles. Results are seen immediately and most consumer's report noticing an improvement of up to 20% with the first use. As the filler is used on a continual basis, and over a period of approximately 4 weeks, those results can increase to approximately 50%.
Popular Injectable Fillers
Injectable fillers consist of soft tissue fillers that are injected directly into the wrinkle. Working on the same premises, the filler plumps up the wrinkle, however, these results are temporary, as the body will eventually absorb the filler. Injectable fillers are approved by the FDA for use on the skin.
It's important to realize that it might take several sessions with injectable fillers before desired results are obtained. Some of the most widely used injectable fillers include:
- Botox Cosmetic
- Cosmoderm and Cosmoplast
- Fat Transfer otherwise known as Mircrolipoinjection
Each of the listed fillers uses their own formulas and has varying factors. Some of the most frequently used ingredients or materials include Poly L Lactic acid, or PLLA for short, Calcium Hydroxylapatite, Hyaluronic Acid Gel, and human or bovine collagen.
These fillers are temporary as the body absorbs them. In addition to these, there is also a permanent filler composed of Polymethylmethacrylate Beads or PMMA Microspheres. This filler is not temporary and is composed of plastic; it is permanent and will not be absorbed by the body.
When choosing a filler it is important to perform your research and to determine the best treatment for your needs. It's also a good idea to speak with a dermatologist and your overall health assessed.
Before determining that a wrinkle filler is the best course of action have your health care provider ensure that you are in good physical condition and have no underlying health concerns that would pose a possible complication.
Updated December 15, 2011