Dermal fillers can restore lost volume to your face, smooth your skin, plump up your lips, and make you look younger, but with so many dermal fillers to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? All the different dermal fillers come with advantages. Keep reading to learn more about your options so that you can make an informed decision.
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid filler made by the company that makes Botox Cosmetic. The results of Juvederm treatments can last for up to 12 months. Juvederm is often used to treat the creases that run from your nose to your mouth (often referred to as smile lines). Juvederm can also be used to plump up lips.
Restylane and Perlane
Restylane and Perlane are also hyaluronic acid fillers. Your body has hyaluronic acid naturally, but the hyaluronic acid in these fillers has been modified to last longer. Restylane is thicker than other fillers so the injection process can be more uncomfortable, but it can be mixed with lidocaine to minimize discomfort. Because it is slightly thicker than other fillers, Restylane is a good option for filling in scars and restoring lost volume to the cheeks. Restylane usually lasts for 4-8 months. Perlane is often used for similar treatments and results last for 6-9 months
Patients who are looking for long-term, natural looking results may want to consider Sculptra. Sculptra is used to fill in under the eyes, the hollows of cheeks, and temples. It can also treat skin laxity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. In some cases Sculptra can last for 3-4 years.
Radiesse is another long-lasting filler. It contains microspheres that stimulate your body’s own production of collagen. It is a thicker filler and so it is usually used to restore volume. Radiesse can provide natural looking results that last up to 5 years.
Patients with unwanted fat in other areas of the body may be interested in fat grafting. This procedure involves removing unwanted fat from other areas of the body, purifying it, and injecting it into the face to add volume. Some patients will have permanent results while others may need multiple treatments to get the body to absorb the fat in the new area.
Each of these options comes with benefits. Your doctor can help you decide which one is best for you. To learn more about dermal fillers, schedule a consultation with Dr. D’Amico.