Cosmetic fillers in Los Angeles help you look younger and fresher and get rid of fine lines and wrinkles on your face. The procedure you choose depends on several factors and your cosmetic surgeon can help you determine which one is best for you. Before a consultation, it is worth looking into the various types of fillers so that you can find one that makes the most sense for what you want to get out of having a filler applied. Learning as much as you can about each option enables you to make an informed decision and understand what you’re getting into which can then be further explained by the surgeon.
Here are the most common fillers and what they can do for you.
Hyaluronic Acid is a Popular Choice for Cosmetic Fillers in Los Angeles
According to Dr Rojas Cosmetic Surgery, one of the most sought after types of fillers is hyaluronic acid, or HA. You’ll find this active ingredient in Juvederm and Restylane, both of which are some of the top options that people look for. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance already present in your skin. This type of filler boosts your stores, which helps your skin look plumper and fuller. By plumping things up, you can help soften fine lines and wrinkles and make your face look younger. The results of using HA typically last for 6 to 12 months and the actual filler is soft, though it’s often mixed with a mild painkiller to make the procedure more comfortable.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite is Another Great Choice
Similar to hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite is a substance that’s naturally found in your skin. Used as a filler, it helps plump your skin, erasing the signs of aging. It’s significantly thicker than hyaluronic acid, which means you can expect the results to last about 12 months. One of the additional perks of calcium hydroxylapatite is that it has been linked to collagen production, which is beneficial for your skin because having plenty of collagen means your skin is firm and youthful.
Polymethylmethacrylate Offers Plenty of Success
Unlike the previously mentioned fillers, polymethylmethacrylate is a medical substance that has been used for about 100 years. When injected into your skin, the substance “balls up,” resulting in a plumped appearance wherever it’s applied. The polymethylmethacrylate also contains collagen, which contributes to the younger, firmer skin you’ll see after the treatment is complete. Bellafill is one of the most common brand names of this type of filler and it provides firmness and structure on your face.
Poly-L-lactic Acid is an FDA Approved Choice
Like polymethylmethacrylate, poly-L-lactic acid is a medical substance that has been safely used in the body for many years, including to make dissolvable stitches. Used as a filler, it is classified as a collagen stimulator and it smooths out lines and wrinkles on the face. This is a choice that’s most often used for deep wrinkles and the results can last for up to 2 years. Sculptra is the common name for this type of filler.
Autologous Fat Injections is a More Permanent Option
If you want a filler that’s more permanent, autologous fat injections are the choice for you. While this is a surgical procedure rather than the traditional filler treatment, it helps restore the fullness in your face, which smooths fine lines and wrinkles and helps you look younger. The procedure is done by performing liposuction to harvest fat stores from other parts of your body. That fat is then purified and inserted into your face, generally in the under eye area, temples and cheeks.
Choosing the Right Filler for Your Needs
The filler you choose depends on your needs and where you want to have it done. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, hyaluronic acid and the other collagen fillers are an appropriate choice for smoothing wrinkles around the nasal folds and eyes, as well as to lift the cheeks, plump the lips, blur fine lines around the mouth and fill in acne scars. Fat injections are ideal for filling in the lips, smoothing aging on the hands and to smooth wrinkles around the eyes.
How Treatment Works
Most of the time, cosmetic fillers in Los Angeles are a relatively easy procedure that can be completed in a short time frame. You’ll start with a consultation in which the doctor will have a look at your face and help you decide what results you want. You’ll also talk about any medications you’re taking and any health issues you have. During the filler treatment, the area will be cleaned and the filler will be injected in the area, most of the time with a numbing agent to make you more comfortable. You should see some initial results right away, with more to come once the area has healed for a couple of days. You can go back to normal activities right after the treatment. Fat injections are done as an outpatient procedure with anesthesia. You should plan for about 2 weeks of downtime so be prepared to recover for those weeks. Contact Dr. Augusto Rojas at (310) 870-1224 to make your appointment in advance!