Injectable Fillers for a Non-Surgical Facelift

Leeann Morrissey

by Leeann Morrissey | May 6, 2008 @ 04:00PM

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Tired of looking like you are upset due to severe brow wrinkling? Unhappy with that less-than plump pout? No matter your concerns regarding the aesthetics of your face, there may be one easy solution - facial injectables. Used for various purposes, such as decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, augmenting the lips, and concealing scars; fillers are a popular alternative to more extensive surgical procedures.

Facial Plastic Surgery

While facelift surgery, eyelid surgery, and forehead lift surgery may be long-lasting approaches to combating your visible signs of aging, these procedures also involve more downtime, pain, and the possibility of prominent scarring (although scars are usually placed in inconspicuous places).

Facial Fillers

The decision to undergo an injectable filler treatment or a plastic surgery procedure depends on the patient and his or her preferences. If you are unsure of which cosmetic approach is best suited for you, be sure to locate a specialist with years of experience and schedule a consultation.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) lists the following as some of the most popular injectable choices: collagen, hyaluronic acid, human fat, and PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate). Each of these procedures is relatively quick, lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to about an hour, and cause little to no pain.

Collagen - Results can last from six months up to a year.

Hyaluronic Acid / Restylane ® -The effects last approximately six months.

Fat Injections -The outcome is visible for about to six months.

PMMA/ArteFill ® (polymethylmethacrylate) - It is said that this type of filler can last from one to 10 years, and some even consider it to be permanent. One or two follow-up injections may be necessary.

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