The first facial fillers were used for scars back in 1893. Autologous fat (meaning fat from your own body) was used to correct scars, and “filling” began as a cosmetic procedure. The benefits of the procedure were short-lived based on the limited technology at that time.
Later, collagen was first used for facial wrinkle and fine line corrective procedures. Pre-testing was necessary because of the potential allergic reactions, which made it a costly procedure. Collagen was an improvement, but unfortunately, it did not last very long either.
Then came hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, which improved longevity and limited the potential side effects. These soft tissue fillers were considered a great improvement and many HA-based products came on the market. These fillers are now the most common fillers used worldwide and are a huge improvement over the old collagen fillers. There is little to no downtime and very few side effects. Hyaluronic acid is considered to be the ideal filler. It is durable and well tolerated with very few side effects. This substance is made naturally in the human body, where it provides structural support to the skin by binding collagen and elastin fibers.
When HA fillers are injected, they bind water molecules, plumping skin volume for 6 to 24 months, depending on the formula used and where it is applied. Studies show that HA fillers contribute to new collagen production in the deeper portions of the skin. They eventually break down over time and require re-treatment to maintain the desired results. They are also extremely safe because if you do not like the result or if there is any problem with the treatment, HA fillers can actually be reversed.
HA fillers are all different and produce different results. Talk to our Orlando Skin Solutions experts to find out which filler is right for you.
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