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About Fillers

What are fillers?

Also known as dermal fillers, injectable fillers and facial fillers, fillers are soft tissues-like materials that are injected under the skin and are an increasingly popular choice for many people who are looking for scarless, low risk, low downtime, low cost and fast ways to improve their looks, counter aging or reverse the signs of aging.

As the word implies, a filler is used to fill something. Hence, we use fillers on the body to fill up areas where we would like to have more volume. Since time immemorial, people have been injecting substances into their body in the hope of expanding the volume of body parts, ranging from the face to the breasts to the buttocks. Substances that have been injected in the past range from coconut oil to free silicon, and have been associated with many complications due to the nature of the substances and the techniques of injection.

Thankfully, that is now just a part of ancient history. Today, filler technology has evolved tremendously and safe, natural substances have emerged that are biocompatible with the body and have very low complication rates. Filler injection techniques have also improved to the extent that skilled doctors can create extremely natural and dramatic results with fillers with minimal downtime.

Parts of the body that may be filled include areas affected by aging, such as deep nasolabial lines (laughter lines beside the nose), cheeks, and wrinkles. Want a higher nose or a sharper chin? Areas where the natural volume is deficient such as nose bridges, tips and chins etc can also be filled with immediate results. On the body, fillers may be used for breast enlargement, and even creating artificial six-packs on the abdominal muscles.

Fillers for Prevention of Wrinkles

A concept which is little understood is that fillers are important for prevention of aging skin. Wrinkles form on areas of the skin where the skin folds frequently. In this respect, skin is much like paper. As we age and lose collagen in the skin, the skin becomes thin and folds easily, causing permanent wrinkles in the skin. While it is normal to have lines on our skin when we make expressions like smiling and laughing (called dynamic wrinkles), too much of these expressions coupled with thinning of the skin causes permanent wrinkles (called static wrinkles) on the skin. Fillers are therefore important to prevent the thinning of the skin, and to prevent excessive bending and flexing of the skin which causes these permanent, static wrinkles.

Do fillers look natural?

This is a common question asked by many. The answer is yes and no. Yes if you have it injected by an experienced doctor, who has a good aesthetic eye and is not overly enthusiastic about over-correcting every little volume defect. No, if you have it injected by a rookie who does not know the right type of filler to use, and has poor technique. Well injected fillers can fool everyone, even your relatives and friends, there is no trace, except tiny injection marks and some swelling which lasts 1 - 3 days.

What is the difference between Botox and Fillers?

This is a common question. Botox and fillers are so commonly used on the face that many people mistake one for the other. The answer is that they could not be more different. Botox is used for relaxing the muscles which cause wrinkles and lines, while fillers are used more to replace lost volume. For more information about botox, please visit this site which is an excellent resource. That said, Botox and fillers are complimentary to one another, and are often used together during the same rejuvenation setting.

Find out more about Applications of Fillers here.

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