An Evolution of Facial Fillers & Relaxers

As each year passes, new developments are being made in facial rejuvenation. Along with the extensive Band Aid procedures line, minimally-invasive plastic surgery procedures developed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John L. LeRoy, wrinkle fillers and relaxers are popularly used for patients who may not yet need or desire to undergo invasive surgical techniques to revive the face.

face_liposuctionFacial injectables have been used for centuries, but only in recent history have they been safe and effective for use. Shortly after the invention of the syringe in the 1800s, chemical agents were used for facial augmentation. However, as history progressed, medical researchers realized that new technologies must be used with caution and knowledge of the complications that could occur. Collagen, a protein found in the human body, was one of the first types of FDA-approved facial filler, making its way to the market in 1981.  Now, there are 21 injectables currently approved.

Wrinkle relaxers, such as FDA-approved BOTOX® and Dysport®, function by blocking nerve signals to the muscles so they are temporarily unable to move, causing lines and wrinkles to relax.  In 2002, popular relaxer BOTOX® was approved and has since grown to become the number one non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the United States in 2012, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Restylane® was the first hyaluronic acid (a naturally-occurring sugar) dermal filler approved in 2003. Fillers consist of a myriad of substances, including collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid and polymethylmethacrylate beads. Dr. LeRoy offers several injectable facial fillers, including Perlane® for re-plumping areas of lost volume on the face that deplete with age, Juvéderm®for reducing the appearance of deep wrinkles and folds, and Artefill® for prominent wrinkles and fine lines.

One difference between fillers and the offerings within the Band Aid comprehensive menu is their durability and ability to fill in the creases. While Band Aid procedures provide long-lasting results affected only by the natural aging process, injectables provide temporary anti-aging effects between four months to a year depending on the product. When you visit Dr. LeRoy, the products that may be the best fit for your individual needs can be recommended, during your consultation, we can help determine which facial rejuvenation procedure is right for your aesthetic goals.

For more information on the many cosmetic injectable treatments available from our practice, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. LeRoy, please contact us today. Connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Google + for the latest Atlanta plastic surgery updates.