Can Permanent Fillers be a Good Choice?

Permanent facial fillers may seem attractive since they supposedly last a lifetime but they cannot be easily adjusted when time passes by. Learn more about this type of treatment.

Can Permanent Fillers be a Good Choice?

When it comes to cosmetic injections, permanent facial fillers may seem attractive, since they supposedly last a lifetime. However, substances that are permanent cannot be easily adjusted. Time and aging will eventually affect skin and bones. Facial bones will shrink and atrophy over time.

Using permanent fillers or permanent cosmetic injections can make you look “unusual” or unattractive in just a few years. Fortunately, while Juvederm treatment is very long-lasting, it's not a permanent dermal filler. The body naturally breaks down the filling over time and it can also be dissolved in our office with a simple administration of hyaluronidase. In essence, it offers the long-lasting effects of a more permanent filling without the irreversible compromise.

Dermal fillers are a popular means to rejuvenate a face with reduced volume or to improve certain facial features, such as the lips or cheekbones. In the past 10 to 15 years, the number of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the U. S. has grown exponentially.

Millions of dermal filler injections are performed each year in the U. alone. There are many excellent dermal fillers on the market today, each with unique features. As minimally invasive procedures grow in popularity, the FDA is developing and approving new dermal fillers relatively regularly. While there are many factors to consider in determining which filler may be best for a person's needs, most patients want to know how long a filler will last on their face once injected.

Fillers are commonly classified as temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm are considered temporary and they work wonderfully for their intended purpose, but last from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the filler used and the location of the injection. Temporary fillers require repeated injections to maintain the desired result. Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite) and Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) are commonly considered semi-permanent fillers, but they generally last 18 to 24 months and resorb over time. Permanent fillers leave no room for growth, adjustment, or manipulation as the individual changes or when other parts of the face and facial bones begin to atrophy. Instead, cosmetic doctors and cosmetic nurses will dissolve the dermal filler before injecting a new dermal filler into the lips.

Some brands of dermal fillers estimate that fillers only last 6 to 12 months, so Dr. Gavin Chan decided to refer his patients for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to his colleague Dr. Mobin Master (MBBS FRANZCR). Dr.

Daniel Marchac, an eminent French surgeon, said he and other surgeons share deep concerns about facial fillers. He also warns his patients who have developed a lump above the lip so that injectable fillers dissolve before further filler injections. New wrinkles can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections, and volume loss can be replaced with high-quality dermal filler injections, without being restricted to a permanent filler that suddenly looks “bad” or “unbalanced”.Temporary dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections can be modified to accommodate natural facial changes over time. If you search the Internet, ask other aesthetic doctors who regularly inject fillers, and then ask patients how long the fillers last, the answer is usually the same; 6, 12, or 18 months. In the past year, Dr. Gavin Chan has discovered something about dermal fillers that has “surprised” him with regard to the longevity of the filler.

Using permanent fillers can create unrealistic expectations on the part of people who see it as a panacea; so can temporary fillers. Dermal fillers can work wonders for virtually reducing or eliminating facial lines and wrinkles, adding volume to lips and contours, and helping smooth the appearance of acne scars. When you add a permanent filler to the dermal layers of the skin, a filler that, unlike an approved temporary filler solution (the good quality temporary marks), adds a substance that does NOT naturally exist in the body. With the rise in popularity of dermal filler treatment and the growing number of clinics offering “reduced price” dermal treatments with poor injection technique, people receive too much filler injected into a particular area, such as the lips, leading to a duck-like bump.