What Causes Facial Aging?
A lot of people say sagging skin or loss of elasticity, some say genetics, others say “things like the sun” and still others say “volume loss.” A host of recent studies suggest that the biggest culprit is volume loss. This includes skin and muscle but it is mostly fat and bone. That’s right, the moment we begin to lose volume, we begin to show our age and that is usually after 35 on average!!
These days it seems like everyone is searching for that elusive anti-aging cure all. The easiest and cheapest way I know to make you look younger is to use fillers. As a plastic surgeon, I have tried or seen just about everything, from topical skin products to reduce wrinkles, to surgery.
Fillers have been around for a number of years starting with collagen, followed shortly after by the hyaluronic acids like Restylane and Juvederm. Longer term filler then became available like Radiesse and Sculptra. Finally Bellafill | ArteFill was introduced just 6 years ago and there is no question that it is the best of the bunch
Why I Believe Bellafill | ArteFill is the Best Filler
- It is safe: Bellafill or ArteFill is made from material that has been used with orthopedic prostheses for decades. This history shows us that there is little chance of an allergic reaction to it. In fact over the last couple of years no adverse reactions to the product have been reported. The long term safety data (submeiited to the FDA) shows it to have fewer complications than the shorter term fillers like Juvederm or Restylane.
- It lasts a long time: Studies have shown that clinical results are safely maintained for at least 5 years after treatment.
- It is predictable: The results are essentially 100% predictable with Bellafill | ArteFill making it far superior to fat injections. With fat injections we are never sure of how much will last and where it will stay. This can result in uneven areas that often need reinjection with fat. With ArteFill we see the exact result, immediately, and the results are truly remarkable. In addition, the results from Bellafill |ArteFill are without complication and are enduring
- It is more economical than the other fillers: While the initial cost of an ArteFill treatment is certainly more, there is no need to refill or get more injections in 8 to 18 months like the other products making the long term cost much less. I really like this as I can get a better result and a happier patient who does not have to come back for more unpleasant injections!
Results from ArteFill Injections
The results from ArteFill injections seem to continue to improve over time. ArteFill induces the body to make its own tissue in the area that is injected, and as time goes on, patients seem to “age in reverse” because of this new collagen. The bottom line is that this product works!
As with any injectable wrinkle filler treatment, you can expect mild swelling and reddening at the site of injection. These side effects are usually gone within 24 hours. Bruising is not uncommon and it typically disappears in seven to 14 days. It can easily be covered with makeup. Less common side effects include rash and itching more than 48 hours after treatment, persistent swelling or redness, and increased sensitivity at some or all injection sites.