Our team at Jessica Ellam Aesthetics has extensive experience in the cosmetic treatment industry, and we make sure to stay up to date with the latest advances and treatments. One type of beauty treatment you may have heard of is cosmetic fillers. If you have encountered this term but aren’t sure what it means, we encourage you to keep reading to get a basic overview of this treatment, how it works, and the benefits it offers.
- Defining Fillers – Dermal fillers are injections designed to plump up wrinkled or sagging skin. Over time, your skin starts to lose its collagen, the substance that makes it supple and elastic, which leads to the formation of wrinkles, as well as other signs of aging. Dermal fillers combat this effect by filling in the area under your skin, stretching the skin out again to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- What Fillers are Made Of – Dermal fillers are made of a solution of bovine collagen, in which tiny polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) beads are suspended. Collagen alone would simply be absorbed into the body, so the PMMA beads are necessary to ensure the plumping effect lasts. This solution has been thoroughly tested and FDA-approved, and it will make your skin look younger.
- Risks Associated with Dermal Fillers – While dermal fillers are highly safe when properly applied, they do have certain risks associated with them. A few of the most common side effects are asymmetrical results, acne-like eruptions, and bruising, bleeding, or swelling around the injection site.