If you’d like to restore youthful fullness to your face, enjoy plump lips, enhance shallow contours or soften those facial creases and wrinkles, dermal fillers may be the answer. Dermal fillers have been called “liquid facelifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime.
Three of the most widely used fillers are JUVEDERM, Restylane and Radiesse, but many people do not know the difference between these products. As always, we recommend that you work with a highly qualified facial cosmetic surgeon because they understand the best uses of each type of filler. Different fillers are generally used for different applications and have varying degrees of effectiveness and longevity. A qualified doctor can help determine the best product to use to improve your area of concern.
JUVEDERM: The dermal filler Juvederm is an injectable non-granular gel made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in your skin and that is responsible for much of your skin’s fullness. It provides a smooth, long lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. JUVEDERM is a smooth get that flows easily and consistently into the skin to provide predictable results (all other fillers are granular to some degree). This product is often used in the lips and to remove wrinkles around the mouth or in the tear troughs under the eyes. JUVEDERM can last up to year and has been used for cosmetic purposes since 1997. Side effects are rare and usually minor and short lasting.
Restylane: Was the first hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler to be approved for the treatment of facial wrinkles by the FDA in 2003. It has been widely used to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles, including deep ones like those between the nose and the mouth and to minimize the appearance of scars. Restylane is sometimes used to turn up the corners of the mouth, reversing the downward shaping of the lips that comes with age. This product lasts about 6 months on average depending on the injection site. When used to plump up a scar, Restylane tends to last longer than when used around the mouth, where there is much more movement. Side effects are minor, if any, and there is generally little to no pain from the use of Restylane.
Radiesse: Is one of the one of the longest lasting dermal fillers on the market today. It contains very smooth calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. The calcium-based spheres are similar to the mineral in your bones and teeth. Radiesse replaces lost volume and lift needed to diminish signs of aging. It provides structure to eliminate hollow spots on the face and it stimulates the natural collagen to grow. This process continues for several months so the effects of Radiesse will last on average more than a year. This product is often used to enhance the cheeks and nose as well larger facial areas. Safe and effective when used by a qualified surgeon.
Your best bet is to plan a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon to discuss what treatments would be best for you to achieve the look you desire.