Injectables include collagen stimulators, neurotoxins, and dermal fillers that are capable of reducing the signs of aging and restoring the skin to its youthful vibrance. Dysport® uses a neurotoxin to relax the muscles in various portions of the face, releasing wrinkles and smoothing the skin. Restylane® uses hyaluronic acid to fill in hollowed areas that appear on the face. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that keeps the skin looking full and firm. As a person ages, the acid and other elements in the skin that help to maintain its youthful appearance, begin to diminish. By using dermal fillers and other types of injectables, the doctor can turn back the clock and dramatically reduce the signs of aging.
The side effects associated with dermal fillers are usually minimal. Warmth, redness, itching, skin irritation and mild swelling are common near the injection site. The area may also be tender to the touch and slightly discolored. Each patient will react differently to the treatment. Some may have no side effects at all, while others may have a moderate swelling and skin sensitivity. For the first few days after the procedure, the tissues near the treatment may feel extremely firm, but this should dissipate within a few days after the procedure. It is usually attributed to swelling under the surface of the skin and will soften as the body becomes used to the filler.
Dermal fillers can last anywhere from three to six months. Other fillers can last up to a year under the right circumstances. Several elements will play a role in how long a dermal filler treatment lasts. The kind of filler being used and the age of the patient are two of the biggest factors. The health and original texture and tone of the skin are also important. If a person has naturally strong skin, the use of dermal fillers may result in longer-lasting treatments. In fact, repeated treatments can help to build the skin's foundation of collagen to the point that the length of time between procedures can be extended by several weeks.