Fillers are capable of revitalizing and restoring your appearance, letting you look younger and healthier through simple and convenient procedures. There are facts that are essential to know before choosing which type of treatment is right for you, however. One of the most important of these is the difference between permanent and temporary injectable fillers.
Permanent Injectable Fillers
Permanent injectable fillers, as the name suggests, are designed in order to provide patients with skin improvement that lasts a lifetime. Most permanent fillers are made of active particles, suspended in collagen (like Artecoll’s polymethyl methacrylate particles) or calcium hydroxylapatite that are introduced to the layers of the skin. These particles are injected along with collagen and act as the catalyst for the body’s natural collagen production cycles. They are typically administered over a number of treatments, usually performed every few months until the patient and practitioner are satisfied with the intended results. While the idea of permanent results may sound appealing, many aesthetic physicians will advise against their use. Because permanent injectable fillers last for a very long time, their results can become problematic and difficult to reverse. If a patient is unhappy with the results of their permanent filler treatment, no non-surgical option normally exists for reversing them.
Temporary Injectable Fillers
The more popular option for contour and volume correction is found in temporary injectable fillers. These natural products are made with hyaluronic acid as their main component (like Restylane and Juvederm), or poly-l-lactic acid (like Sculptura) which is absorbed by the body over a period of time following injection due to their natural, bio-compatible ingredients. After a period of many months, you may require additional injections to maintain the initial results of you treatment. Temporary injectable fillers are much more popular than permanent ones and are recommended as the right type of hyaluronic acid filler by almost every cosmetic medical practitioner and board-certified plastic surgeon. This is due to their ability to achieve results that are great for that specific time. The patient will most certainly experience changes in facial contours related to the aging process, and the temporary nature of these fillers allows the injector to adjust the results of the subsequent treatment to accommodate these changes for the most natural-looking improvement.
Permanent fillers are less ideal because of the fact that they introduce an aesthetic effect that is hard to reverse. Temporary fillers provide immediate results and a natural appearance. Since they reabsorb over several months, they can be better adapted to personal preference, body changes and more.
Medical research has found that the risks related to permanent fillers are more serious and severe than those related to temporary fillers.
Permanent fillers are products that contain ingredients that remain in the area injected, promoting the growth of collagen by a unique formula. One example of a permanent fillers is Artecoll, which contains PMAA beads. The PMAA beads are injected in the skin where over time, your own collagen envelopes each bead thereby creating the volume desired gradually. The ideal results take a little while to appear as this process occurs. However, research has found that the frequency at which negative side effects occur from a permanent filler is far higher than those related to temporary fillers because of the introduction of a foreign material in the body, to which the patient may react negatively. While the occurrence of a risk is still rare, the development of nodules, tissue necrosis, and bacterial infections are more severe.
Permanent results not always be the best thing for a patient, either. After treatment, your face continues to change structurally due to the aging process. However, any area where a permanent filler was injected will remain in its place. For example, if you get lip augmentation in your 20s you will probably want a result that harmoniously balances with the rest of your 20-year-old facial features. However, these results will remain years after treatment, and may look unnatural as you enter your latter years when volume is lost elsewhere on the face. Consequently, the only way to alter the results achieved from a permanent fillers treatment is by surgical removal.
Some men and women have had excellent experiences with permanent fillers. However, if you’re considering getting treatment with this type of product, please make sure you check the credentials, experience and professional background of the medical professional you’ve chosen to perform your treatment. As a matter of fact, this advice extends to any cosmetic medical treatment you wish to undergo.
The presentation regarding fillers was made at the Amercian Academy of Cosmetic Surgery’s 2011 scientific meeting.