Modern science has given us the ability to practically defy the look of aging and wrinkled skin through the aid of collagen and other injectable materials that will plump and smooth skin for a more youthful appearance.
There are a variety of such materials, each with its own specific uses and positive and negative aspects.
Collagen is the natural web work of your skin that acts as something of a framework. As we age, that web is stressed through all laughing, frowning, and squinting we do and wrinkles are the result.
Injecting collagen helps restore the support structure of your skin, reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and some scars and returning the natural contours of the face.
Collagen is offered under a number of brand names. The two main types being offered, though, are human collagen and that made from cow skin. Both are equally approved for use on people.
Other types of fillers are available
Other injectable wrinkle fillers on the market include:
Calcium hydroxyapatite, which is also known by the brand name Radiesse. This is a semi-permanent filler used to increase soft tissue.
Fascia, which is a wrinkle filler that can be either injected or implanted surgically. It is harvested from certain connective tissue in your body or from a deceased donor.
Fat, which is taken from your stomach or thighs. This reduces the chance of an allergic reaction and is often permanent. Multiple treatments could be required, however, for the desired result.
Polymethylmethacrylate beads, which your body can’t absorb. Whether natural or synthetic, they can be used to add volume and treat skin folds.
Poly-L-lactic acid, which is a synthetic polymer used to replace facial fat.
Hyaluronic acid, which also is marketed as Juvederm among other names, is a natural substance made in the body to give fullness and volume. The infection risk is nil. Repeated injections are required periodically, though, to maintain the look.
With each type of filler, comes certain advantages as well as disadvantages. You’ll want to think about what you want to achieve when it comes to enhancing your youthful look before deciding on a filler material.