Non-surgical, minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures have become incredibly popular in recent years. Not only have procedures like dermal fillers become go-to treatments for patients, but the number of options available has also increased dramatically.
The volume of options out there can make picking the right dermal filler a challenge. How do you know which one is right for you?
First Things First: What Do Dermal Fillers Do?
Before jumping into the different filler options, it’s helpful to understand what they do and how they’re different from other non-surgical treatments. As you might guess from their name, fillers “fill.” They’re injected into the face or other areas of the body to restore volume and to create a smoother, firmer, and more youthful appearance.
Fillers aren’t only used for “anti-aging” treatments, however. One procedure that’s become popular recently is the non-surgical nose job, which uses certain types of injectable fillers to enhance the nose or fill in divots and depressions in the nose. It’s not permanent like a surgical rhinoplasty, but it also doesn’t require as much recovery time or commitment.
What’s in Fillers?
Dermal fillers differ based on ingredients. One of the most common ingredients in fillers is hyaluronic acid. The body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, but production drops over time as a person ages. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for cushioning certain joints and for giving the face a youthful, plump look.
There are considerable differences even among fillers that contain hyaluronic acid. Some fillers are made with a thinner gel while others are made from a thick, viscous gel. The thicker injectables tend to have the longest life. The thickness of the hyaluronic acid gel also determines where in the face it can be used.
Some other fillers are made from synthetic materials, such as poly-l-lactic acid, which is the primary ingredient in Sculptra. Sculptra works differently from hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm. It stimulates the body’s production of collagen, which helps to increase volume in areas such as the cheeks. Another ingredient in some fillers is calcium hydroxyapatite, which is found in Radiesse.
Which Dermal Fillers Work Where?
To choose the right filler, you need to understand the specific purpose of each option. Here’s a quick rundown of the most popular fillers:
Juvederm contains hyaluronic acid. It can effectively fill in lines and wrinkles such as the nasolabial folds and other static lines in the face. The longevity of this filler varies from patient to patient but is typically around six to nine months.
Radiesse is made from calcium hydroxyapatite, which is heavier than hyaluronic acid and derived from bone. It works in two ways. First, it instantly adds volume and fills in lines and wrinkles. Next, it encourages collagen production, increasing the duration of results. Depending on the patient, results from Radiesse can last for up to two years.
Restylane is another popular filler made from hyaluronic acid. Like Juvederm, it provides results for around six to nine months and can fill in moderate lines and wrinkles.
Sculptra works differently from most other fillers. Results from the injections aren’t instant, as the treatments harness the body’s own renewal processes. Many people need a series of injections for optimal results. The active ingredient in Sculptra encourages collagen production, which helps to restore lost volume to the cheeks and mid-face. The results can last for up to two years.
Volbella contains hyaluronic acid and is specifically formulated for use in the lips. It can add volume to the lips and help to smooth away any lines and wrinkles, such as smoker’s lines. Results typically last for about a year.
Voluma is also made of hyaluronic acid, but it’s a thick, viscous form of the gel. The goal of Voluma is to instantly plump up the mid-face area, restoring a more youthful look. Results can last for up to two years.
Like the other members of the Juvederm family, Vollure contains hyaluronic acid. Its target area is the nasolabial folds.
How to Make Sure You Get the Right Filler
Still not sure which dermal filler is right for you? Speaking with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon can help. Your surgeon will talk to you about your goals, examine the areas of concern, and help you choose the best filler for your needs. Dr. Michael Schwartz is a facial plastic surgeon with more than two decades of experience helping patients find the right cosmetic procedure. To learn more about your dermal filler options at Palm Beach Face in West Palm Beach, Florida, call 561-228-5888 today.