Collagen dermal fillers are one of the most popular, non-surgical methods to achieving a youthful appearance. Collagen dermal fillers of various types offer collagen ingredients used to enhance facial shaping, plump lips and reduce the sight of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and folds. Today, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, collagen dermal fillers are safer, more effective and results more easily determined than former methods of fillers such as Botox, as collagen is a product naturally found in the human body and is necessary for tissue connection and integration.
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Major ingredients of Restylane, a Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved cosmetic product, include hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body that contains collagen, a type of tissue connecting cellular structure that helps skin look toned and plump. Hyaluronic acid also binds moisture or water in skin cells and generates a plump look to the skin. Restylane is commonly used around the nasolabial folds that extend from the nose down along the sides of the mouth. In most cases, according to the DermaNetwork, individuals need only one treatment and effects last about three to six months depending on skin type and condition.
Perlane, also FDA-approved, uses hyaluronic acid as its main ingredient and can be used, according to Drugs.com, on the nasolabial folds as well as the areas around the cheeks and mouth. Perlane lasts about six to 12 months. Perlane contains a larger amount of hyaluronic acid than Restylane and is used to help shape or define sunken cheeks and to fill out chins and lips as well.
Radiesse is approved by the FDA, a popular dermal filler that uses synthetic calcium hydroxyapatite as its main ingredient. The product can be injected into the nasolabial folds, in the temples, cheeks and in the lips. One treatment is needed and effects last between six to 12 months. As one of the longest lasting dermal fillers, it is known to be one of the first fillers of its type to contain an advanced calcium based microsphere technology, according to MedicalNewsToday.com, during clinical trials by its maker BioForm Medical, Inc.
Sculptra's main ingredient is a synthetic polymer lactic acid, beneficial for injection to offer volume to the face such as around the cheeks, chin and temples. Individuals may need several injections of Sculptra over a several month period, though results may last from two to four years. The product is FDA-approved and is effective in replacing fat lost in those diagnosed with HIV who are experiencing lipoatrophy or a wasting of facial areas such as around the eyes, temple areas and in the cheeks, according to the FDA of the Department of Health and Human Services.