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Dermal Fillers in Demand for Individuals Seeking Cosmetic Facial Procedures

Dermal Fillers in Demand for Individuals Seeking Cosmetic Facial Procedures

Dermal fillers are in high demand, according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The results of the survey revealed that almost 50 percent of individuals seeking cosmetic facial procedures ask for dermal fillers.

Fillers, such as Restylane, Radiesse and Botox, are in high demand because of their dynamic ability to replace lost facial volume and reduce the signs of aging.

"Facial fat volume is at its peak during adolescence. During the early to mid-20s, it begins to degrade, and sunken areas and sagging skin begin to develop," said Dr. Bill Johnson, a Dallas, Texas, cosmetic physician.

Commonly used in the nasolabial folds and lips, dermal fillers are mostly used to smooth out wrinkles and lines.

"The lips also lose volume with age. Many women in their 40s complain about thinning lips and want to give them a boost with fillers," Johnson said.

More than 90 percent of the AAFPRS members who took the survey reported that they routinely use dermal fillers to restore facial volume.

"Patients looking for dermal fillers like them because they show results quickly, without the downtime and the risks of face-lift surgery," Johnson said.

Fillers were the second-most-popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure performed in the United States in 2017. There were 2.69 million injections performed last year, a 3 percent increase over 2016.

In addition to fast results and minimal risks or complications, Johnson attributes the increase in popularity to the fact that dermal fillers often improve skin quality, too.

Improvements in skin quality occur because dermal fillers are made up of elements that support the skin.

"Products containing collagen or hyaluronic acid are going to improve skin quality because they are things that the skin needs to be healthy," Johnson said.

The results of dermal fillers are often seen quickly and last between three and 12 months, on average.

Fillers are not the only popular injectable in the United States; fat transfers are also in demand as a way to replace lost facial fat.

During a fat-transfer procedure, fat is removed from another body area and injected into the face.

"Fat provides a natural way to restore lost volume, and the results last for many years, which makes it an increasingly attractive option for many individuals," Johnson said.

Like dermal fillers, fat transfers also help to improve skin quality. There are other benefits to using fat, too. For one, it looks more natural than many types of fillers. Using fat taken directly from the patient being treated also means there is no risk of rejection or adverse reaction like there can be with dermal fillers.

Fat transfers also have the added benefit of improving skin quality, too.

"Fat transfers help to stimulate the body to produce collagen, which causes a skin-tightening effect. More skin tightening means improved results," Johnson said.

Fat transfers are not just for the face; they are increasing in popularity for other body areas, too.

"Many people are choosing fat transfers instead of implants for breast and buttock augmentation," Johnson said.

The No. 1 minimally invasive injectable treatment in the United States is botulinum toxin type A injections, known by famous names such Botox, Xeomin and Dysport.

There was 72 million botulinum toxin type A injections performed in 2017 alone, a 2 percent increase over the previous year.

"Botulinum toxin A injections temporarily paralyze the muscles in the treated areas to prevent them from making facial expressions and, subsequently, more wrinkles," Johnson said.


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