Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane have become very popular as they are highly effective in reversing the signs of aging without the pain and recovery of more invasive surgical procedures.
Fillers are great at smoothing facial wrinkles, plumping thinned-out lips, or adding volume to hollowed cheeks. However, there are many “off-label” uses for fillers that patients are often unaware of. From treating cellulite to lifting droopy earlobes, here are several less common uses for dermal fillers:
An estimated 80% of women will experience some degree of cellulite in their lifetimes. Cellulite is the result of a skin surface “puckering effect” when normal fat pushes against connective tissue under the skin. The effect creates the unwanted appearance of dimples along the skin. Dermal fillers can be effectively used to diminish the appearance of cellulite by adding volume to puckered areas of the skin. Sculptra Aesthetics is a popular filler that is made from poly-L-lactic acid. Sculptra stimulates collagen production, which is why it is best used for correction of cellulite. You may need several treatments according to the degree of the cellulite being treated. Each treatment is 6-8 weeks apart because it takes time for new collagen cells to grow. Therefore, it’s best to wait in between treatments to judge how treatment is progressing.
There’s no denying it – butt augmentation procedures are growing in popularity. And there are more options than ever for enhancing the derrière! There are surgical procedure options such as butt implant surgery or fat transfer (which is the process of reinjecting fat into the buttocks that was harvested from another area of the body through liposuction). But for patients who prefer a more subtle lift or don’t have enough fat to harvest from another area of the body for fat transfer, dermal fillers such as Sculptra can be used. As mentioned above, Sculptra stimulates collagen production, it can be used to enhance the buttocks. It will take several vials to produce a visible augmentation, spread out 6-8 weeks apart. The results are a natural and smooth “lifting” result. The procedure has the advantages of being quick, largely pain-free, and with no recovery time. Clinical trials show a 2 year longevity of results with adequate treatments and volume.
Along with the normal aging process, the ears may experience signs of damage, including droopy, sagging, or wrinkling earlobes. A hyaluronic acid-based filler, such as offerings from the Juvederm collection of products or Restylane collection of products can be used to instantly add volume back to the earlobes, while also preventing future sagging. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers come in a smooth gel format, which will help give the shape back to the ear lobe and even help patients the ability to wear heavy earrings again.
Surgical rhinoplasty is the most effective way to permanently treat an oversized or crooked nose. But what if you don’t want to undergo invasive surgery? Depending on a patient’s nasal characteristics, it may be possible to cosmetically enhance or adjust the nose using dermal fillers. Liquid rhinoplasty is a non-surgical procedure that uses fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm to reshape the nose.
Knee and Elbow Wrinkles
One of the best kept secrets about fillers is their ability to easily correct the signs of aging on the knees and elbows. While this is an “off-label” use, dermal fillers like Sculptra can be injected to targeted areas of the knees or elbows in order to smooth out wrinkles and add volume. This product smooths out those wrinkles and helps stimulate the collagen which makes the skin look better along with filling in the lines. Note that Sculptra is typically used for patients with thinner skin in this area. Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse are thicker fillers, which can be used to correct these areas in thicker skin patients.
In summary, there are many dermal fillers on the market and they are used in different areas both on label and off-label. Patients can get great results with the correct filler selection in the correct place. Of course, it is always important to choose a knowledgeable provider with lots of experience. Your provider will help you select the filler that is correct for you and your skin. Licensed medical practitioners can buy dermal fillers at wholesale cost at Health Supplies Plus.