Fillers or Facial Cremes?
Which is better? Costly face creams or facial fillers?
My answer to that conundrum is: Both. A few years ago, I was strolling through the New Mall of San Juan with the notion of scouting out some bargains in attire. Suddenly I found myself inside a very glossy store where some enterprising young Israeli folk were doing demonstrations. My significant other was with me. Not long before, he had noted that it may be time for some fillers around my mouth area.
Like a dutiful wife, I was more than willing to comply. But, before that we plunked down –please do not faint or have a cardiac episode-$5000 on some great products. Forever Flawless can be seen at man shopping venues both here in Puerto Rico and in the Upper 48. I still have these products, and while they are indeed very good, on a cost per wear basis, I would first get myself to a cosmetic or plastic surgeon for some fillers.
These can be any variety. I have had fat transfers, which very few plastic surgeons are adept at, and the standard ones, Juvederm in its many forms from Allergan, tmega-companyany holding the license to Botox. Another version of Botox is Dysport, which is basically the same but requires extra steps in reconstituting the powder. Dysport is owned by Galderma labs.
Allergan basically has the monopoly on facial fillers.
First, some basic information on what exactly is in these fillers. (Not Botox, which almost all know is a form of the deadly botulism toxin.)
Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most popular fillers and with very good reason. Composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance found in the body, these fillers are also reversible. That alone has much to commend itself. If you do not like what you have, an enzyme, hy—– can be injected and you may either get a different doctor or give the one you are using better directions.
Radiesse is also made from hyaluronic acid, but this filler also contains calcium. The calcium provides a scaffolding so to speak and this filler encourages your own collagen to form within that scaffolding. So, it is a win-win situation.
Some professionals use permanent fillers. For example, Sculptra and silicone would fit under this umbrella.
Unless you are happily married to your cosmetic or plastic surgeon, or dermatologist, I would steer clear of this: Permanent means just that. There is no divorcing this and definitely no alimony either.
One filler that I have had is semi-permanent. Fat. That’s right, the beautiful stuff that grows on our bellies. (At least mine.) You cannot be allergic to it. Although you lose about 50% of it, the rest stays. I would only trust a board certified plastic surgeon with this one. Overfilling is not an option here, whether you lose 50% or in my case, 75%.
Collagen used to be the gold standard for fillers with this caveat; you need a preliminary test to see if you are allergic to bovine collagen. One practitioner years ago tried to test me to the tune of $100. I decided to go elsewhere. Give me my own fat before I shell out an extra $100 to put something in my body that is meant for a cow. Examples of collagen- based fillers are—–and —-.
Filler ‘er up please means much more than your car these days. Take care to know what you want and even more important, who is handling the nozzle.