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Soft-Tissue Fillers: A Treatment for Aging Skin

Published on: Nov 24, 2023

As we age, the natural components that contribute to youthful skin—collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elasticity—decrease, leading to the emergence of wrinkles and a loss of fullness in various facial areas. The eyes, mouth, cheeks, jawline, brow, and nose are the most affected.

Soft-tissue fillers emerge as a compelling option for those looking to address the visible signs of aging. We from Maylips are here to help you choose a premium option without breaking the bank.

Significance of Fillers for Soft Tissue

Fillers for soft tissue are a non-surgical solution to the inevitable signs of aging. Unlike surgical procedures, fillers require minimal downtime, and patients can enjoy practically immediate results that continue to improve as any initial swelling subsides.

Whether you need fillers around the mouth to fix nasolabial folds or soft tissue fillers for acne scars, this category of aesthetic treatments is more than helpful.

The significance of fillers extends beyond their pure aesthetic impact. For many, these treatments contribute to a boost in confidence and a renewed sense of self-esteem.

Types of Soft Tissue Fillers

There are numerous filler types available on the market and you can buy affordable products by JUVÉDERM®, REVOLAX™, PROFHILO® (profile skin treatment), and other reputable manufacturers at Maylips

The following four are the most proven types of fillers: 

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

HA-based fillers like RESTYLANE® and JUVÉDERM® are real natural miracles. They have the ability to hydrate and revitalize the skin. Patients are always thrilled once they see their restored youthful contours. Hyaluronic acid is often included in the fillers for facial asymmetry, as it helps reshape undesirable facial features.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)

RADIESSE®, using the power of CaHA, is a very important player in the anti-aging narrative. This 2-in-1 product simultaneously restores volume and redefines facial features, contributing to a refreshed and revitalized appearance.

Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA)

Collagen is an essential substance for our bodies, and the lack of it is equally felt by our face and joints. Maylips introduces SCULPTRA®, the dominant name in the world of PLLA fillers. Its unique formulation stimulates collagen production, making rejuvenation an easy task.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

Precision and longevity define PMMA fillers. Beyond immediate results, these fillers offer enduring support, contributing to a smoother, more refined skin texture that withstands the test of time.

Procedure and Recovery After Soft Tissue Filler Therapy

The procedure begins with a consultation between the patient and a qualified healthcare professional. The healthcare provider discusses specific concerns, aesthetic goals, and the patient’s medical history and then develops a personalized treatment plan. Unique facial anatomy and desired outcomes are the most important factors to keep in mind.

On the day of the procedure, fine needles or cannulas are used for injecting soft tissue fillers. The entire procedure typically takes 30 minutes to an hour, making it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.

Post-procedure, there is usually minimal downtime, hence its nickname, “a lunch break procedure.” In most cases, patients can resume their daily activities shortly after the treatment.

Combining Dermal Fillers with Other Treatments

One of the most frequent questions is whether dermal fillers can be combined with similar non-invasive treatments, such as BOTOX®.

The answer is that yes, it is safe. Combining filler and other treatments is a popular and effective approach for facial rejuvenation. This strategy aims to address multiple aspects of aging, providing a comprehensive enhancement of facial features.

The synergy between dermal fillers, BOTOX®, and other substances targets different aspects of facial aging at once. Dermal fillers restore lost volume and add structure, particularly in areas like the cheeks and lips, while BOTOX® addresses dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions.

Pain and Side Effects

Most patients only feel negligible discomfort when getting dermal fillers. That said, each of us experiences pain differently so the level of pain during these procedures is subjective.

For those with a lower pain threshold, a topical anesthetic or local anesthetic like lidocaine is applied to numb the treatment area. This initial step aims to ease the pain associated with the insertion of the needle.

Side effects are minimal and will subside quickly. Ice helps to reduce swelling, but avoid putting ice packs directly on the skin. Advise patients to stop taking blood-thinning medications or supplements before the procedure to minimize the risk of bruising.

Patients Also Ask

When working with patients, the focus is on building trust, ensuring they feel heard and understood, and providing them with the best possible care. Our team at Maylips has provided some questions your patients may ask about soft tissue fillers:

How long do soft tissue fillers last?

Soft tissue fillers typically offer temporary results, with the duration varying based on the type of filler used. While some may last around six months, others can provide results for up to two years. The longevity depends on factors like the filler’s composition and the area of the face treated.

What are soft tissue fillers for scars?

Soft tissue fillers, such as RADIESSE® (calcium hydroxyapatite) and SCULPTRA® (poly-L-lactic acid), effectively improve the appearance of scars. By replenishing lost volume and stimulating the skin’s natural collagen growth, these fillers help elevate depressed scars to the level of surrounding skin. 

The result is a smoother, more even skin texture, achieved with a non-surgical approach to scar revision.

Are body fillers safe?

Trained professionals in a controlled medical environment administer body fillers safely. Complications are rare, and most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. 

For safety and optimal results, it’s crucial to choose FDA-approved fillers and undergo the treatment under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider.

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Soft Tissue Fillers: Your Loyal Ally

Soft-tissue filler won’t halt the time. However, they will gracefully accompany you on your aging journey, revealing a more refreshed and youthful version of your patient’s face.

Their temporary nature allows for flexibility, so you can assure your clients that their look won’t change forever, even on the off chance they don’t immediately like the results. 

References
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