The Complete Guide To Dermal Injectable Fillers
As science and technology evolve and continue to merge, so do the options for minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Injectable fillers are among the most popular choices for those looking to achieve a more youthful appearance without surgery.
There are various injectable dermal fillers on the market these days, each with its unique benefits. This post will briefly review all you need to know about injectable fillers, including the most popular treatments, how they work, and how they differ.
What Are Injectable Fillers?
Injectable fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are cosmetic treatments used to plump up facial areas that have lost volume or are sunken due to aging. People can also use these injectable treatments to enhance the lips, cheeks, and jawline features.
Both men and women can benefit from injectable fillers. Injectable fillers are a popular choice for avoiding surgery or downtime associated with other cosmetic procedures. Areas they help treat include:
- Thin lips or lips that have lost volume with age
- Filling in scars
- Softening or minimizing deep lines and wrinkles
- Removing the shadow under the lower eyelid
How Do Injectable Fillers Work?
Injectable fillers work by replenishing the lost volume in the treated area. The filler material is injected beneath the skin, adding lift and fullness to the site. Injectable fillers contain various materials, including hyaluronic acid, collagen, fat, and synthetic fillers.
The Different Types of Injectable Fillers
There are several dermal injectable fillers available on the market today. Let’s discuss some of the most popular:
Radiesse – Radiesse is a calcium-based filler used to treat wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth. People can also use it to add volume to the cheeks and jawline.
Restylane – Restylane is a clear gel made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the body. Restylane treats wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth and nose. It can also add volume to the lips.
Juvederm – Juvederm is a clear gel made from hyaluronic acid. It treats wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth and nose. In addition, it is used to plump lips (Juvederm Ultra is designed especially for lips enhancement).
Sculptra – Sculptra is a synthetic filler made from poly-L-lactic acid. It treats wrinkles and adds fullness to the face.
Bellafill – Bellafill is a synthetic filler made from polymethyl methacrylate or PMMA. It treats wrinkles and adds volume to the face.
Revanesse Versa – is an FDA approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that can be used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.
Kybella – Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells in the treatment area under the chin to improve your profile.
Fat Grafting – Fat grafting is a procedure in which fat is harvested from another body area and injected into the face to add fullness.
Now that you know more about injectable fillers, you can decide if they’re right for you. The best way to determine if you’re a candidate for injectable fillers is to consult with one of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons. We can assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of treatment to meet your objectives.
What is the Difference Between Juvederm and Restylane?
While these two products are pretty similar, there are a few critical differences between Juvederm and Restylane.
Juvederm is made from a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid, while Restylane is from a natural source.
Juvederm is a clear gel injected beneath the skin to add volume. It’s also helpful in filling in wrinkles and fine lines. Juvederm Ultra is considered one of the best and most popular Lip Fillers.
Restylane is also injected beneath the skin to add volume. In addition to filling in wrinkles and fine lines, Restylane can also be used to plump up the lips.
Juvederm lasts about 6-9 months, while Restylane lasts 4-6 months.
How Are Radiesse and Sculptra Different?
Radiesse and Sculptra are two popular injectable fillers used to treat wrinkles and add volume to the face. Let’s take a closer look at the key differences between these two products:
Radiesse is made from calcium hydroxyapatite, while Sculptra contains poly-L-lactic acid. Radiesse adds volume to the skin once injected. The product can also fill in wrinkles and fine lines.
Sculptra is injected beneath the skin to add volume. In addition to filling in wrinkles and fine lines, Sculptra can also be used to stimulate collagen production.
Radiesse lasts about 12 months, while Sculptra lasts 24 months.
What is Fat Grafting?
While not a traditional injectable filler, fat grafting is a popular procedure in which fat is harvested from another body area and injected into the face to add volume. Fat grafting can treat wrinkles and fine lines and recontour the face.
The Benefits of Injectable Fillers
Among the most notable benefits of injectable dermal fillers is results are instant. You will see an immediate difference in the treated area following your injection.
Injectable fillers offer an excellent alternative for people who wish to look more youthful without undergoing surgery. It is an outpatient cosmetic procedure often completed at the physician’s office. Outside of taking it easy shortly after the procedure, there is generally minimal downtime associated with these types of procedures.
How Many Sessions Are Needed To Get Desired Results?
The number of sessions required will depend on the specific type of injectable filler and the desired results. If treating more than one area, multiple sessions may be necessary.
Fortunately, after completing the initial sessions, the results of injectable fillers can last for many months.
It’s essential to keep in mind the length of time dermal fillers last may vary from person to person. In addition, some people may break down dermal fillers faster than others. While some of these circumstances, such as genetics, are beyond our control, some controllable factors exist.
Exposure to sunlight is one of them. Exposure to UV rays is notorious for breaking down collagen and hyaluronic acid. It creates photo-aging, which means the sun-rays cause damage to the top layer of skin, where collagen and hyaluronic acid get produced naturally and injected.
Exercise is another factor that impacts how quickly dermal fillers dissipate. Any physical activity that increases blood circulation will contribute to dermal fillers breaking down faster.
Have More Questions About Injectable Dermal Fillers?
If you reside in the greater New York area and are interested in a consultation to see if injectable dermal fillers are suitable for you, don’t hesitate to contact us today.