Get To Know Your Fillers With Dr. Arviv

Arviv Medical Aesthetics represents the latest advances in the art of facial and body rejuvenation. Combining the luxury elements of a spa with the safety and superior clinical capabilities of the medical profession, we are one of the fastest-growing practices in Westchase of Tampa Bay and with a new office in Midtown, Miami. Dr. Tali Arviv specializes in aesthetics and has more than a decade of laser-technology experience. Her goal is to improve problem areas while enhancing natural beauty. 

Read on to learn more about the different fillers that naturally give you a younger appearance. Dermal Fillers, are typically injected beneath the skin to smooth lines, restore your facial structure, and create volume. Haute Beauty Expert, Dr. Arviv, dishes on the numerous ways fillers can help with aging, scars, injury, or wrinkles by collagen production.

Photo Credit: ShutterstockHyaluronic Acid

Brand names: Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your body. It has become one of the most popular kinds of injectable fillers used to improve the skin's contour and reduce depressions in the skin due to scars, injury, or aging. Hyaluronic acid absorbs water after being injected, which helps to give additional volume in areas of depression such as cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines. It is the preferred product to use in lip augmentation. Results typically last from 6 months up to one year depending on the area it is injected.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Brand names: Radiesse

Calcium hydroxylapatite is found naturally in human bones and is known to produce a very natural result. This dermal filler is thicker than most hyaluronic acid products great for injecting into the cheeks, chin, jawline, and temples. This type of dermal filler also stimulates the body’s production of collagen once the gel is metabolized. This product typically lasts for up to 2 years.

Photo Credit: ShutterstockPolylactic Acid

Brand names: Sculptra

Polylactic acid is a synthetic dermal filler known as a stimulator because it causes your body's own production of collagen. This product is unlike other dermal fillers because it does not produce immediate results. Instead, it stimulates your own body's collagen production, so results appear gradually over a period of 2-3 months. However, you will likely need several monthly treatments to achieve your desired results. With each treatment, there is re-stimulation of your own collagen which takes about four to six weeks to see the full effect and results typically last about 2 years. A rule of thumb is that for every decade of age typically correlates to the amount of polylactic acid treatments needed. For example, a patient in their 40’s will likely need 4 vials of Sculptra.

Polymethyl-Methacrylate Microspheres (PMMA)

Brand names: Bellafill

PMMA is considered a semi-permanent filler used to treat medium-to-deep wrinkles, scars, folds, and furrows. When a more permanent solution is desired, PMMA is often used instead of collagen stimulating products or hyaluronic acid products. One thing to consider with PMMA products is that multiple injections are needed to create volume and it can take up to three months to realize the full effects which last about 5 years.