Dermal fillers are undoubtedly one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for women and men who want to counteract signs of aging and enhance their appearance.
If you’re thinking about getting started with injectables, you’ve likely noticed that there are a lot of factors to consider, including product selection, treatment area(s), injector expertise and technique, and number of syringes.
To improve your understanding of injectables and learn which treatment is best-suited to your needs and goals, continue reading.
Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about dermal fillers.
Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
Hyaluronic acid fillers are an excellent option for individuals who are new to injections and seeking natural-looking results.
These injectables restore volume, counteract moderate to severe wrinkles, and correct laxity by drawing moisture into tissue and plumping skin.
Popular brand names of hyaluronic acid fillers include: Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Juvederm Volbella, Juvederm Vollure, Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Silk, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne, and Belotero.
Treatment time is typically 15-30 minutes and occurs in an office setting. Using an ultra-thin needle or micro-cannula, the provider will precisely inject small amounts of filler, shape the product, and assess results until desired effects are achieved.
Following the procedure, patients are free to resume normal activities. While hyaluronic acid fillers typically produce immediate results, it can take up to two weeks to observe final outcomes.
Depending on the type and amount of product used, hyaluronic acid fillers last six-to-18 months.
Long-Lasting Dermal Fillers
Long-lasting dermal fillers, also known as collagen-stimulators, are composed of calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra), a PMMA microspheres (Bellafill).
They stimulate the production of new collagen, which gradually replaces the filler product, to produce immediate and progressive results.
Accordingly, Radiesse, Sculptra, and Bellafill can lift and rejuvenate skin for 12-24 months.
What’s the Difference Between Hyaluronic Acid and Long-Lasting Dermal Fillers?
There are several key differences between hyaluronic acid and long-lasting dermal fillers.
While collagen-stimulators offer greater longevity than hyaluronic acid fillers, their results are less predictable.
Additionally, in the event of undesirable outcomes or a complication, hyaluronic acid fillers, like Juvederm and Restylane, can be dissolved using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. This is not possible with injectables like Radiesse, Sculptra, or Bellafill.
Learn More About Dermal Fillers
If you are considering dermal fillers, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented injectors.