Though not as durable as a facelift, dermal fillers have become popular among women seeking a younger look and offer yet another alternative to cosmetic surgery, reports the April 2008 issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch.
Dermal fillers are substances injected into the skin of the face to fill in deep folds and wrinkles. They are used mainly for "static" facial lines and folds, the ones that don't come and go as you change your expression. They work chiefly as a substitute for lost collagen and fat under the skin. Their results may vary in different areas of the face, as does the duration of their effect.
The dermal filler field is booming because the effects are immediate, the procedure doesn't involve real surgery, and costs are reasonable with very few side effects, says Harvard Women's Health Watch.
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