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Q.

Juvederm, Sculptra, Radiesse or Restylane… Which is the best filler for my nasolabial folds? I want something safe, natural as well as long lasting and the marketing info is confusing. I have been following WELLNESS WORLD for some time now and trust your impartiality. Please advise. I am 52 years old.

A.

When selecting dermal fillers, substance safety is key. Always opt for fillers that are biodegradable and are eliminated from your body in time. Make informed decisions and know what filler you plan to have injected. Always ask both the trade name and the generic name (chemical name) of the filler and do your own research regarding its safety and efficacy.

Going Against Gravity

Judging from your age, your nasolabial depressions are probably a consequence of mid face fat loss. You would achieve a more natural correction by addressing areas of volume loss in the cheeks with a dermal contouring agent, which would lift your face and consequently alleviate your nasolabial folds.

Did You Know

There are numerous dermal filler substances on the market but they can be divided into two categories: the Replacement fillers and the Collagen stimulating fillers.

Replacement Fillers

These have an immediate effect in filling out lines and folds but do not regenerate the skin. The most commonly used replacement filler substance is Hyaluronic acid, which is a natural skin component and is marketed under several trade names including Restylane, Juvederm and Uma Jeuness.

Keep In Mind

The cosmetic correction obtained with these substances is relatively short-lived ranging from six to eight months and regular re-injection is required to maintain the desired effect.

Collagen-Stimulating Fillers

These help to replenish your own collagen and restore lost volume. The three collagen stimulating fillers on the market are Sculptra (Polylactic acid), Radiesse (Calcium Hydroxylapetite) and Ellanse (Polycaprolactone). All three compounds are totally biodegradable and eliminated in time from the body. However not all of the products in this group lead to the same extent of collagen stimulation. One way to naturally override signs of aging is to feed your youthfulness by including foods that contain natural collagen in your radiance menu.

Ellanse All The Way

The most powerful collagen stimulating filler to date is Ellanse, which is approved by the European Commission and the UAE Ministry of Health. Ellanse is made of smooth beads of Caprolactone, a safe resorbable substance used in medicine in the form of surgical sutures and implants since 1960. Injections of Ellanse give an immediate and long-term correction for facial hollows, wrinkles and folds.

Contour Me Beautiful

Ellanse is an ideal facial contouring agent that is used to create the appearance of high cheek bones, one of the main determinants of facial beauty. It is also excellent in enhancing weak chins and giving a total face lifting effect by strategically placing the product near the ears, in the temples and along the jawline. Ellanse gives an immediate effect and within several months of injection, it is eliminated and replaced by the body’s own soft tissue. The cosmetic correction achieved with Ellanse has been proven to last at least one and a half years.

Opting For a Dermal Filler? Make Sure You’re In Safe Hands

Fillers should only be administered under a strict medical setting by physicians who are highly trained, to manage anaphylactic allergic reactions in case they occur.  Unprofessional dermal filling by untrained physicians or nurses could result in complications such as :

  • Bruising
  • Oedema (swelling)
  • Skin discoloraion
  • Infection
  • Blindness
  • Paraesthesia (direct nerve damage)
  • Artery puncture

TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HANDS-ON-TRAINING COURSES OFFERED BY LEADING EXPERTS, CONTACT INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL AESTHETICS IMA Dubai

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