Fillers, another form of injectables, are a gel like substance that are injected under the skin, to remove medium to deep wrinkles and give volume and substance to areas of the body that have lost volume. Some examples of its use are raising or getting high cheek bones, filling in behind the hands in sunken areas, creating a youthful jawline, and neck, fuller lips, and those frown lines that worsen as we age. These are just a few examples. These fillers can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.
Common names of fillers are Restylane, Juvederm, Boletero, and Radiesse, Radiesse being the longest lasting filler to date, 2 years. Some of these fillers fall under the category of hyaluronic acid a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the body. Others fillers fall in the category of Calcium Hydroxylapatite such as Radiesse. They tend to give more volume and last longer. Different filler classifications are indicated in different areas. Keep in mind the more one uses fillers the more natural production of one’s own collagen is stimulated at those sites which is what we want. In addition, the combination of fillers and botox improves the overall look and both complement one another.