Did you notice that the face, neck, and hands no longer have roundness and elasticity? Did deep lines start to appear around your mouth or eyes? Do you mind the traces left by acne or imperfections as a result of wounds, scars?
“There are minimally-invasive procedures that with the help of fillers can give volume where it is missing, change the contour of the face, lips, and cheeks and fill the wrinkles, smoothing them,” says cosmetic surgeon Vangelis Vasalos, physician Medicover Hospital.
The most commonly used fillers (fillers) are temporary (based on collagen and hyaluronic acid). Also are semi-permanent and permanent (they have collagen and polymethyl methacrylate). The advantages of using them are the immediate results, the limited risks and the short recovery time.
What is the difference between collagen and hyaluronic acid?
The main internal cause of the loss of elasticity and firmness of the skin is the decrease in the level of collagen in the skin, which decreases after 20 years. This natural protein provides vitality, firmness and a healthy appearance to the skin.
“In addition to decreasing the level of collagen proper to the skin, as time passes, its ability to retain water is reduced, which leads to drier, more sensitive skin and to the aggravation of wrinkles, which can be solved with a simple injection of hyaluronic acid, ”says cosmetic surgeon Vangelis Vasalos.
Both collagen and hyaluronic acid are substances found in the body and are used to increase volume. There are no major differences between them. But, the first to be released on the market is collagen.
What are permanent fillers?
Permanent fillers are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) made up of microspheres that are not absorbed by the body. The substances also contain collagen and it is recommended to use them for areas where the skin is thicker (nasolabial folds). Around the eyes or lips is not recommended to use them.
Indications before intervention and recovery
“Even if it is not a complicated cosmetic procedure, it is still necessary at least six weeks before the procedure to quit smoking in order to recover better and faster. Also, hydrate yourself as much as possible before and after the procedure and avoid anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin as they may increase the risk of bleeding, ”says cosmetic surgeon Vangelis Vasalos.
But the most important thing, both before and after surgery, is to follow the recommendations of the doctor you have chosen. So you minimize the possible risks and facilitate complete and safe healing.
After the intervention, there is the risk of minimal bruising and redness of the injected area, as well as the possibility of developing small elevations around the injected areas or acute pain near the site.
How long are the results?
The effects of the procedure can take between 2 months and 5 years. Even if the results are immediately visible, depending on the type of substance used. For example, those based on collagen between 2-4 months, those based on hyaluronic acid between 6 months and 1 year. Semi-permanent fillers last between 1 year and 1 year and a half. Permanent ones are still visible after 5-6 years. The cost of such interventions starts from 250 euros.
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