The Fountain of Youth
They not only help to make one’s skin look younger and more refreshed, they also serve the purpose of changing the entire look of a person’s face and overall appearance as well. It’s essentially a soft tissue injectable material that helps to restore and improve an individual’s skin, often enabling the person who has received it to look years younger, or simply different than they originally had.
Because people fall into the category of either being “sinkers” or “saggers” with the former experiencing creasing and wrinkling of the outer dermis and the latter group being more likely to develop lose hanging skin called jowls, fillers allow sinkers to turn back the hands of time by making a brief visit to the doctor’s office. However, it also helps those who wish to obtain the pouty, pillow-lipped look that celebrities and a large percentage of women of means who are proponents of getting “work” done, appear to love.
As of today, fillers, also called injectables, are approved as “medical devices” by the Food and Drug Association (FDA) that do not require a prescription and can be performed by anyone licensed to do so by relevant medical authorities. Made of hyaluronic acids, collagens, or biosynthetic polymers they fall into three main categories: hyaluronic acid, collagen, and biosynthetic polymers. However, for those who follow pop culture, terms such as “Juvederm”, “Restylane”, and “Radiesse” would be more familiar as many of today’s stars openly discuss their propensity to use them, especially when they have a new film, show or album to promote.
The risks include redness on the site of the injection and surrounding area, itching, potential allergic reactions, and scarring that can only be corrected with surgery. Hence those willing to undergo the procedure run the risk of trading being a sinker with being severely scarred, possibly forever. Because of the risk, those who are considering using injectables should ensure that they go to a licensed and qualified doctor who follows the appropriate guidelines and regulations for such practices.
The alternative is to accept the aging process, eschew anti-aging procedures, and revile in the fact that one’s face is essentially the map of their life, showing everyone what they have gone through – meaning the good, bad, and the delicious “in-between”. Either way, you simply can’t beat Father Time, he’ll always win and he’s clearly chosen to keep the fountain of youth all for himself.
After all, he’s still here.