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do you know what's in your lips?

do you know what's in your lips?

There are so many different fillers on the market to date, and it can be quite a headache to decide which is the right one for you. While it is ultimately up to you and your practitioner to decide what is best for your skin, here you will find useful information to aide in your decision.

It is of the utmost importance that you find a practitioner that is qualified to administer dermal fillers. The number of botched procedures reported is on the rise, and poor quality products used by poorly trained "professionals" is typically to blame for this.

Injectable facial fillers, if not administered by a trained professional can result in a number of unwanted side effects including asymmetry, lumps, discoloration, bruising of the lips and face, and in extreme cases, necrosis. However, if the procedure is done by an experienced practitioner, such as the ones we highly recommend, the results are absolutely stunning.

The vast majority of dermal fillers on the market today contain one of three physiochemical properties. They are subdivided into Hyaluronic Acid, Calcium Hydroxyapatite and Poly L-lactic Acid. When deciding which filler is right for you, it is important to understand what the purpose of each product is and how you may benefit from them.

Fillers that provide an instant plumping effect, such as Restylane and Juvederm are composed of Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring protein found in the human body. As the body ages, the production of this substance decreases causing features such as the lips to loose their volume. These products can be used to achieve immediate results in wrinkles on the face, around the mouth, and to plump the lips. Hyaluronic fillers typically last about 6 months. When administered by a qualified practitioner whom is able to evenly distribute the product, the results are breathtaking.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite can also be used in dermal fillers and is found in products such as Radiesse. Like Hyaluronic Acid, it is also a naturally occurring substance found in the human body; specifically human bones. This substance is used to restore volume to the contours of your face; minimizing the sunken in appearance that occurs as the face looses fat. Radiesse results appear immediately and last for approximately 12-18 months.

Another ingredient used in fillers such as Sculptra, is poly-L-lactic acid. This is a synthetic substance that is also used to restore volume to the contours of your face and smooth the under-eye area. While Sculpra injections have been said to last as long as two years, the results you will see with Sculptra take longer appear. It is a biodegradable substance that is slowly absorbed into the body, making it a popular choice among cosmetic physicians.

We know it's easy to become supersaturated with information when it comes to making informed choices about your cosmetic procedures, and that is why Cosmé Collective is here to assist you in your aesthetic voyage. Let us do the legwork and make your cosmetic experience a fabulous one! 

Eleanor Hartley