Injectable Fillers Make the Top Ten As Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures of 2005
Slowing the aging process to maintain a fresher, more youthful
appearance no longer means costly and invasive cosmetic procedures and
lengthy recovery periods. Today, injectable wrinkle fillers are filling
in the gap for those consumers interested in a fast and effective fix
to facial aging.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
(ASAPS), injectable wrinkle fillers were among the top ten in surgical
and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in 2005, an increase of
35 percent over the previous year. "The popularity of injectable
fillers is not surprising," said Dominic Brandy, M.D., board-certified
cosmetic surgeon and founding medical director of The Skin Center
Medical Spa located in Pennsylvania and Ohio. "Injectable fillers offer
products allow us to fill in fine lines, wrinkles and depressed areas
of the face with immediate, visible results. Generally speaking, most
people can walk out of our office and go on with their daily routines
In recent years the popularity of injectable fillers has
skyrocketed, due in large to the latest generation of fillers to hit
the market. These new fillers are biocompatible to the human body,
essentially eliminating the risk of an allergic reaction and allowing
for immediate treatment and same-day results.
Among the most popular types of injectable fillers are
hyaluronic acid and collagen; both of which are found naturally in the
human body. Hyaluronic acid fillers are made from non-animal-based
hyaluronic acid, and these new products, marketed under the names
Restylane and Captique, are used to correct mild to moderate facial
wrinkles and folds. When injected just below the surface of the skin,
these products add immediate volume and smoothness to the injected
site. Each treatment may last four to six months or longer, depending
on how quickly a person's skin absorbs the hyaluronic acid. If repeat
treatments are not performed, the treated area will appear as it did
before the initial injection.
Cosmoderm and CosmoPlast, the latest injectable collagen
products, is manufactured with purified human skin tissue, eliminating
the risk of an adverse reaction. These products are injected just below
the surface of the skin, filling in unwanted lines and wrinkles.
Generally, each treatment lasts three to six months and without repeat
injections the area will return to its original appearance.
As the trend towards maintaining a more youthful appearance
continues to grow, so will the need to develop longer-lasting and more
effective injectable fillers. According to the American Society of
Plastic Surgery, "The future of injectable fillers remains bright as
new products enter the market and become available to those interested
in cosmetic and plastic surgery. These new substances will be longer
lasting, safer and deliver superior results."