Investigating Injectables: What’s in Popular Fillers?

So what is up with all of these fillers we keep hearing about in the media? While aging celebrities (i.e., Lisa Rinna and Vanessa Williams) swear by them for smoothing fine lines and banishing wrinkles, younger starlets (i.e., Lindsay Lohan and Kylie Jenner) certainly look game, but adamantly deny using injectables.

Fillers are so popular with the star set because unlike topical creams and serums, injetables tackle the affects of aging (fat loss) deep underneath the skin. However, plastic surgeons at NYU Langone Medical Center, warn that it’s important to know not only what’s in the six most popular fillers, but also to select the right one for your specific cosmetic aging concerns…

[*By no means are we recommending or promoting the use of fillers or cosmetic surgery, but we do believe that knowledge is a powerful tool when it comes to making any health or beauty decision.]

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1. Hydroxylapatite

This mineral-simulating substance mimics a gel-like substance that naturally exists and is produced inside human human bones, known as collagen. Hydroxylapatite is injected specifically to target crow’s feet, smile lines, and other mild-to-severe aging by filling in wrinkles.

This filler is usually marketed under the name Radinesse, a filler approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006. Injections of Radinesse typically last about 12-months before you need follow up injections.

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