Dermal filler injections have become so commonplace that the procedure is on the top of the list of elective aesthetic treatments patients are having done to reverse the effects of aging. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, injectable fillers were the fastest growing minimally invasive procedure in But hearing about it and experiencing it firsthand are two very different things. For year-old Carol Bryan, the complications that occurred as a result of a filler injection gone wrong were horrifying and resulted in permanent disfiguration and temporary blindness.
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In my clinical practice I use both temporary and permanent facial fillers depending on a mixture of budget, desires, and safety. Although permanent fillers carry the risk that they are indeed permanent, I believe that it is important to delineate safety guidelines and also to express how I use them based on those constraints. There are three principal permanent fillers that I use for facial augmentation and enhancement: fat transfer , silicone , and Bellafill Artefill. In this article I would like to explain how I use each of these products for optimal results. First, let me summarize the temporary products that I use. I believe that they are both good and are like Coke and Pepsi. I do not have a strong feeling that one is substantially better but I tend to use more Restylane around the eyes, as I believe it tends to stay put a bit better; and I prefer Juvederm for lips, as it can be a bit softer.
What are the benefits of silicone as a dermal filler?
Injectables are everywhere in the beauty world and on your social media feed. But along with the popularity comes a sinister side: unapproved procedures trying to capitalize on the trend that can be really risky. The FDA just issued a serious warning about silicone injections in particular. In a statement released yesterday, the FDA warned against the use of silicone fillers used for body contouring — think butt or breast plumping. Large-scale injectable silicone for body contouring and enhancement can also result in a painful and hard, gravel-like substance that stays permanently beneath the skin," the FDA adds.
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