3. How does an injectable filler work?
With a cannula or needle, the filler is injected into target areas of the face. The filler, which has a gel-like consistency, plumps the skin from the inside, replacing lost fat and proteins to smooth out wrinkles and fill hollow regions.
There are different types of filler substances, which means some are temporary, and some are longer lasting. Brands such as Sculptra, Ellanse, and Radiesse work by filling out fine lines/wrinkles and stimulating your body to create more collagen. These fillers normally last for a year or more.
Brands like Juvéderm, Belotero, and Restylane (hyaluronic acid fillers) are the most popular and usually the most used. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body and has huge hydrating properties. This filler is the most used as it is temporary and lasts approximately six to eighteen months, depending on the brand and where it is injected.
The good thing about these fillers is that if anything goes wrong, or you simply do not like the result, hyaluronic acid-based fillers can be dissolved by an enzyme called hyaluronidase. As well as this filler’s ability to be dissolved, due to the water-loving nature of hyaluronic acid, it attracts and draws in water from the air, which keeps your skin moisturized, creating a plump and fuller appearance.