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Natural vs. Synthetic Dermal Fillers: What Are the Differences?

July 19, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — liftfacialaesthetics @ 4:29 pm
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When it comes to the types of dermal fillers in Ocala, they can be broken down into two categories: natural and synthetic. Knowing which one is right for you isn’t something you should decide on your own. Instead, it’s best left to a qualified professional who can discuss your goals, review your medical history, and determine the appropriate method of treatment that will lead to healthy, beautiful results. Read on to learn more about the differences between natural and synthetic dermal fillers so you can feel more confident when it comes to improving your facial aesthetics.

Natural Dermal Fillers: How They Can Improve Your Appearance

The most popular natural dermal filler consists of hyaluronic acid (HA). One of the most common brands that use this natural substance is Juvéderm. Because HA already exists within the body, it is considered a natural filler and can be used to minimize the appearance of facial scars, fine lines, cheek depressions, and even aching joints that need an additional cushion. HA is also great for recontouring areas of the face.

Because HA is a natural substance, its fillers mimic it when injected into the skin, allowing for a more natural appearance. Also, these dermal fillers can last a year or longer depending on the injection site, the product used, and how quickly your body absorbs it. With natural dermal fillers, it can take time to see results, so you shouldn’t expect to see a noticeable difference the same day of your treatment.

Synthetic Dermal Fillers: What You Need to Know

Depending on your skin specialist in Ocala, they may suggest a synthetic dermal filler. There is a multitude of brands out there that use synthetic materials to plump skin and improve appearances. From calcium hydroxylapatite and polyalkylimide to polylactic acid and polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA), these semi-permanent and biosynthetic fillers are designed to produce natural, long-lasting results. Here is a bit of information about the different compounds:

  • Calcium hydroxyapatite – Designed to treat moderate and severe lines and folds, it can plump areas that appear sunken and enhance facial contour areas. Because it’s biosynthetic and found in human bones, it does use any type of animal product and can last for several years.
  • Polyalkylimide – This semi-permanent dermal filler is biocompatible and treats areas of the face that lack volume (i.e., cheekbones, jawline). It also helps to plump lips for a fuller look and fill in scars, wrinkles, and folds to ensure less visibility.
  • Polylactic acid – As a non-toxic, biodegradable substance, this synthetic filler helps to stimulate your body’s collagen production. Whether it is treating folds or lines or to plump your lips,  polylactic acid requires multiple treatments over several months and can take 4-6 weeks before you see results.
  • Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA) – As a semi-permanent dermal filler, PMMA treats many of the same problem areas as other synthetic and natural fillers; however, it is considered a more permanent solution, as opposed to HA or other synthetic substances. However, you may need multiple injections to achieve your desired look and results typically do not occur for at least three months.

Ultimately, you will achieve beautiful results no matter which type of dermal filler you choose. However, it’s always best to schedule an appointment with your skin specialist in Ocala who can identify the right solution based on your individual needs.

About the Author
Elizabeth Estes Weldon is a board-certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with 12 years of experience working in dermatology, Botox, and dermal fillers. As a skin specialist, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida and worked for one year as a Labor and Delivery Nurse before earning her master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Florida. As a Master Injector, she has continued her education and participated in many training courses related to Botox and Fillers. To learn more about the dermal fillers offered in her office, contact us via our website or call (352) 433-0888.

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