Cosmetic surgery considered

Posted on: 22 June 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

Cosmetic surgery expert Antonia Mariconda gives you a quick guide to injectable fillers


Collagen and botox have been responsible for some cosmetic horror stories over the past few years but improved skill levels of practitioners and better products have helped make the business of cosmetic enhancement much more predictable. However, like all types of medical procedure or surgery there is risk involved; you must carefully weigh this risk while considering any cosmetic surgery.

Fillers are a viscous material injected into the skin by professionals in order to achieve a younger appearance. Recent findings show that 10 million doses of one filler alone, Restylane®, have already been administered. People who would never consider a traditional facelift involving surgery are flocking to fillers because they are less invasive and produce fantastic results.

Injectable fillers have quite a history.

1900s: Doctors tried various substances as fillers including olive oil and candle wax!

1960s: Silicone began being used (and still is) by some professionals.

1980s: Bovine collagen (which caused allergic reactions in some patients) and silicone was used as well as patients’ own fat.

Early 2000s: New non-toxic, non-allergenic, safer products were approved by the FDA and began being produced by Allergan, Inc and Medicis.

  • Restylane®: a synthesized version of Hyaluronic acid (a substance our bodies produce naturally for lubrication and plumping) was used.
  • JUVÉDERM® and other Hyaluronic came next, followed by improved forms of collagen.
  • Radiesse®, a sturdier filler made of microscopic calcium particles derived from bone, was developed.
  • SCULPTRA®, a polymer that encourages the body to produce additional collagen to beautify the skin, came next.
  • 2010:  pre-mixed syringes of JUVÉDERM® with lidocaine, an anesthetic, came on the market.

How fillers are being used today

Fillers aren’t just for erasing lines and folds around the eyes anymore. 

They can also be used to:

  • Reduce concavities in the face
  • Achieve similar results as a chin implant
  • Touch up sagging cheeks
  • Restore volume through comprehensive filling of the face
  • Lift the nasolabial fold
  • Fill the hollows in front of ears
  • Lift a down-turned mouth
  • Fill the angle of the jaw under the ear
  • Smooth the jaw line
  • Remove dark circles under eyes
  • Fill the temples to bring the brow area back to where it used to be and lift the upper eye lids

It's only temporary

Most of the products on the market these days require follow-up treatment within 4 to 6 months. This is viewed as an advantage because it means that if you are not happy with the results, they are not permanent. Patients feel more comfortable because the results from these newer products are temporary. And, in the rare situation that a patient is not happy with the results, an enzyme can be injected which will reverse the results of the treatment within 6 to 24 hours.

Artistry matters

The most skilled professionals have been doing injections now for years and have developed not only their expertise, but also their artistic talent. Professionals have honed their own personal styles and have determined which fillers work best to improve each part of the face. They have learned to work with various skin types as well as a range of budgets. Equally as important, professionals have established their own aesthetic for the beauty they seek to achieve. For this reason, it is vital for patients to study the photo galleries of the professionals from whom they are considering treatment to ensure that their aesthetics match.

Between improvements in the latest products, increased skill level of professionals administering the treatments and greater artistic achievement by those administering the fillers, you would be surprised to discover how many people are now enjoying a more youthful look with the help of fillers.

For more information: 079811 52761

Antonia is the Cosmedic Coach, visit her website to learn more.

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What do you think of cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is a constantly developing field of medicine dedicated to improving and rejuvenating the face and body. It is becoming more and more acceptable - which begs the question - would you consider having cosmetic surgery?

  1. 42% Absolutely not, we should grow old naturally!
  2. 30% Perhaps in the future
  3. 15% No, I can't imagine altering my face
  4. 11% Yes, I already am
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