For as much as they’re praised, there are still plenty of women (and men) out there who just haven’t jumped on the injectable filler train. Whether they’re scared of needles, don’t want to add something else to their anti-aging routine (although we can’t say enough about the power of fillers), find them too expensive, don’t want to look like a cast member on the Real Housewives or just aren’t keen on the idea of having something injected into their face, there's a reason as to why they're avoiding them. Regardless of why, up until now, the only way to really restore volume to the face and plump up lines and wrinkles has been with something offered by your doctor.
But all that is about to change.
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In 2016, Fillerina burst on to the scene and changed the landscape of line plumpers while also providing a volumizing effect in a DIY manner. Simple to use, there’s a gel filler and nourishing film packaged in vials that are administered at-home through a special precision applicator with a metal truncated tip. The applicator somewhat resembles a syringe, but is anything but. And, it also acts as a measuring device to drive the wonder gel into lines along the cheeks and lips. Basically, where you put the gel is where it’s going to go in the skin. Dose out two milliliters, apply it and let it sit on your skin (it won't drip down your face or move around) for 10 minutes before you rub it in.
As if the concept of Fillerina wasn’t groundbreaking enough, the brand is about to release Fillerina Plus, two new medical-grade versions (one reason why plastic surgeons and derms are clamoring over this stuff) that will only be available at doctor’s offices. The first trio of products initially released from Fillerina comes in three different grades (1 is for initial lines and to plump the cheeks and lips; 2 is for fine lines and a slight loss of volume in the cheekbones and lips; and 3 for moderate wrinkles and moderate volume loss in the lips and cheeks). New to the roster are grades 4 ($215, which treats deep-set wrinkles and smooths the look of sagging around the cheekbones and lips) and 5 ($240, which is designed for deep wrinkles and extreme sagging around the cheekbones and lips). The tiny hyaluronic acid molecules are small enough to go all the way down to the dermis to really make an improvement on what you see on the surface of your skin.
Packing eight different hyaluronic acid molecules into a topical formula (grades 1–3 only contain six molecules of the acid), the mix of hyaluronic acid ranges in size from small to large and are low in weight allowing the skin plumper to get deep into the skin.
"We have been so pleased with the patient response to Fillerina Plus," says Washington D.C. plastic surgeon, Paul Ruff MD, founder of West End Plastic Surgery. "The formulation of FillerinaPlus is a step up in the science of transdermal hyaluronic acid delivery. With 8 different hyaluronic acids of varying size, the effective penetration is enhanced significantly. This is a unique delivery system with exceptional results. We suggest Fillerina Plus to patients interested in most facial procedures including laser resurfacing, facial rejuvenation with structural fillers or fat, and toxin patients for whom the residual wrinkles after movement reduction remain due to skin quality. Particularly during the colder, more arid winter months this is a great addition to almost any skin care regimen."
Designed for use for 14 nights straight along with the brand’s hyaluronic acid-rich plumping creams, the more intense Fillerina Plus is able to plump aging skin sans any puncturing of the outer most layer of skin. Once the effects start to show, they’ll stick around for up to three months (every three months the treatment should be repeated).
But for those who love their fillers and want to get even more of out of their injections, Fillerina can be used before or after their doctor injects product. Adding another layer of hyaluronic acid to the skin actually helps to prolong the effect of fillers while keeping the skin nicely hydrated.
No matter what your intentions are, the world of noninvasive anti-aging was just revolutionized—again!