It’s unusual for a cosmetic that has been on the market for nearly two decades to experience a sudden surge in popularity, especially among a population other than its initial target market. After decades on the market, dermal fillers are experiencing something of a revival. In no small part because of the meteoric rise of Instagram and other digital media.
Numerous filler varieties are available. To get the best results, it might take a lot of work to figure out which fillers to use in which areas of the face and which technique to employ. Our comprehensive guide is broken down by filler type for those thinking about getting dermal filler or who have already obtained it but want to learn more.
1. Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the most popular fillers because of its gentle nature and visually striking results. Since your body already produces HA, its dissolution is slow and painless, often lasting anywhere from six months to a year, depending on the individual and the product.
The Juvéderm product line from Allergan is among the most well-known HA fillers, apart from the widely recognized and patented botulinum toxin wrinkle treatment known as Botox. One might reasonably presume that Allergan has a stranglehold on a substantial chunk of the cosmetic improvements industry thanks to its extensive product line. Dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm from competitor Galderma are both natural and biodegradable.
The type of filler your doctor uses on you will depend on where you’re getting it, the problem it’s meant to treat, and the results you’re hoping to achieve. Find out what each manufacturer offers in HA fillers and zero in on the ones that tick all your boxes. There are many options available; consult a medical professional for advice on selecting the most appropriate filler.
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler brand. In total, there are a few different products in the Juvederm line. Simply put, their job is to help people deal with the signs of facial aging. Juvederm contains a variety of hyaluronic acid bonds and concentrations. The different medicines are tailored to address particular concerns when injected at specific places and depths. The fillers made by Juvederm, which are smooth and gel-like, have a consistency.
Varieties of Juvederm:
- Juvederm Voluma XC enlarges your cheeks by adding volume beneath the surface of your skin.
- Juvederm XC and Juvederm Vollure XC smooth out smile lines and crease around the lips and nose, resulting from skin elasticity loss.
- Both Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Volbella XC are non-invasive lip augmentation procedures.
Restylane, manufactured by Galderma, is a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid. Uses for the various Restylane formulations include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Restylane Silk is the first filler to receive FDA approval for both lip augmentation and wrinkles around the mouth.
- Restylane Lyft is used to treat problems like laugh lines as well as deficits in the midface contour. More volume and richness are produced by it.
- Restylane treats tear troughs, lip augmentation, and face creases and folds.
- Wrinkles that can develop from the corners of your mouth to your nose are treated with Restylane Refyne.
- Additionally, creases around the lips and nose can be treated using Restylane Defyne.
Belotero, made by Merz Aesthetics, is an injectable wrinkle relaxer approved by the FDA for use in the midface. Use this injection to smooth out fine lines and nasolabial folds, the furrows that run from the lips’ outside corners to the nose’s side.
- Belotero Basic/Belotero Balance is used for moderate lines or lip fullness and can last up to six months.
- Belotero Soft is used for tiny line correction and lip augmentation that lasts up to a year.
- Belotero Intense is used for deep lines or lip augmentation and might continue for up to a year.
- Belotero Volume is for augmenting cheeks and temples.
2. Calcium Hydroxylapatite
Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is another naturally occurring material found in the human body, primarily in the bones, with similar properties to HA fillers. The addition of calcium particles makes the filler significantly thicker than HA fillers. It has a longer lifespan than HA fillers because the effects might last up to a year.
Radiesse, manufactured by Merz Aesthetics, is a CaHA filler approved by the FDA. These wrinkles between the nose and mouth can be reduced and the jawline refined with the help of this solution. Radiesse’s ability to enhance volume and conceal tendons and veins in the hands has also been recognized by the FDA.
3. Poly-L-lactic Acid
Poly-L-lactic acid fillers are synthetic alternatives to the aforementioned natural fillers. They’re made of a synthetic material that’s harmless to humans and breaks down naturally. This means they can last for up to two years before they stop working, which is a lot longer than the shelf life of the fillers we discussed earlier. The topical application of this chemical can promote and restore collagen levels in the skin. Poly-L-lactic acid has been used for years in medical applications such as dissolvable sutures.
Sculptra by Galderma is a dermal filler made of Poly-L-lactic acid that the FDA has authorized. Facial wrinkles like those around the nose and mouth, as well as those on the chin and around the mouth, are reduced. This product is excellent for restoring volume to your lips and can also be used to lift and contour hollowed areas like your cheekbones and temples. The stimulation of collagen aids in the restoration of facial volume.
4. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)
Like poly-L-lactic acid, PMMA is utilized in dermal fillers since it is biocompatible but is not found in nature. Medical and dental fields have used it for quite some time. When used as a filler, PMMA (a microsphere in a collagen gel) aids in the hydration and upkeep of the skin. It has a much longer shelf life than HA fillers.
Bellafill, made by Suneva Medical Inc., is now approved by the FDA as a PMMA filler. Skin imperfections like nasolabial folds, smile lines, and acne scars all benefit from its application. The filler’s microspheres let your body continue manufacturing its natural collagen, which supports the volume in your face. The only FDA-approved filler that lasts for five years.
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