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Important Filler Facts (Aging Skin)
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Important Filler Facts

Kevin C. Smith MD FACP FRCPC

The use of various hyaluronic acid (Restylane® and Perlane®) and collagen (Cosmoderm® and Cosmoplast®) for filling creases, wrinkles, and scars have become increasingly popular. Fillers are versatile, and can also be used to enhance fullness of the lips. These fillers have proven effective and safe, and has created competition in the market and has advanced new filler technologies, resulting in varied choices for consumers.

The drawback of fillers is that its effects are temporary as the body absorbs the fillers over time, requiring retreatment to maintain the same appearance. Collagen treatments generally last from 3 to 6 months, while hyaluronic acids tend to last longer at 6 to 12 months. New competitors, Evolence®, Radiesse®, and Artecoll® have recently reached the Canadian markets, after years of use in the United States, Europe, and Israel. We’d like to provide you with a brief introduction to some of these products.

  • Artecoll® is a filler material that is used to enhance and correct lines and creases or augment the lips, and is long-lasting, often lasting for several years. Artecoll® stimulates the body’s natural collagen production, where the substance is injected. The procedure is incremental, conducted over several small treatments several months apart, so that the Artecoll® blends in well with your skin. This can be an advantage to those who wish to treat their skin in a discrete manner, as the improvement will not be sudden and noticeable, as other surgical procedures can be.
  • Evolence® is a long lasting, and well tolerated for of collagen. Prior skin testing is not required for this treatment. The effects can last up to 12 months, and can be used to treat any part of your body.
  • Radiesse® is an injectable filler that is particularly effective for filling in deep creases on the face. It is also used to treat frown lines on the forehead. One of the benefits of Radiesse® is that it lasts for up to 18 months.
  • BOTOX® treatments can be combined with fillers, to treat permanent frown line creases, or more severe and deeper lines. In these cases, BOTOX® is used to relax the muscles that are responsible for the frowning look, while the filler corrects the creases. For more information on Botox®, visit

The availability of new filler products give consumers and dermatologists a wide range of choices in facial rejuvenation and general skin treatment.


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