Neither FDA nor EMA have an official category for cosmeceuticals, as such. However, there are clear differences between cosmeceuticals and cosmetic skin care products: Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products usually made of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and formulated, developed and tested with more rigorous scientific processes/programs and often require treatment protocols and procedures compared to the cosmetics found at department stores, pharmacies and drug stores.
Furthermore, cosmeceuticals products usually include treatment options above and beyond the traditional categories of normal, dry or oily skin types, including effective, documented treatments for skin conditions such as Acne, Rosacea, Hyperpigmentation, and sensitive/irritated skin, as well as anti-aging.
Injectable filler (injectable cosmetic filler, injectable facial filler) is a filler injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles and loss of facial volume, restoring a fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance. Most of these fillers are temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body – usually within 6-12 months depending on the substance concentration, patient profile and mechanism of action but there are some that last longer and are even considered permanent.
The most commonly used filler substance is Hyaluronic Acid (HA) also called Hyaluronan (as the HA really is a form of salt – not an acid) that is found in our own bodies and plays a significant role in many ways such as cartilage/joint hydration, tissue regeneration and wound healing due to its incredible imbibing capabilities.
Aesthetic Medical Devices
Aesthetic Medical Device industry include both fillers, implants and mechanical liposuction equipment among a few other things but in terms of power operated equipment, the industry has truly gone through large technological advances within the last decade or so.
Initially, the devices of this type were mostly found at the Dermatologists clinics and were focused on treating skin diseases and conditions such as moles, vitiligo, pigmentation issues and scars, usually using laser and/or light technologies. Over the last decade or so, newer, more efficient and safer laser technologies and light therapies have emerged, as have other technologies such as electroporation, ultrasound, radio frequency, direct heat and cryo-therapies.