Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected beneath the skin in a doctor’s office. More than one million people a year choose to use FDA-approved dermal treatments as part of their anti-aging routine. These facial rejuvenation treatments can be used to restore lost volume to cheeks or temples, smooth lines around the nose and mouth, and enhance facial contours.
These fillers can be made of natural or synthetic materials. Hyaluronic acid fillers are among the most common compounds used in dermal fillers. Other dermal fillers include calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, polymethyl methacrylate, and autologous fat (fat pulled from one part of the body and put into another).
Types of Injectable Dermal Fillers
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane)
Juvederm and Restylane are both FDA-approved Hyaluronic acid fillers. HA fillers are soft and give temporary results that usually last six months to a year before the body gradually breaks them down. HA plays a crucial role in keeping skin hydrated and firm. Since HA is naturally found in the body, it will slowly be absorbed. The top benefit of these fillers is their natural appearance when injected. They also can be dissolved if there is an adverse reaction, or the result is disliked. Plus, most HA fillers have lidocaine added to help mitigate discomfort during and after treatment.
Calcium Hydroxyapatite (Radiesse)
Radiesse is an FDA-approved CaHA filler. Calcium hydroxylapatite is found naturally in human bones. The nearly microscopic calcium particles are suspended in a smooth gel. CaHA filler is thicker than HA filler and usually lasts longer. CaHA lasts about a year and stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. This thicker filler is perfect to use on deeper lines and wrinkles.
Poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra) is a synthetic filler that stimulates the body’s collagen production. The results from this treatment are gradual, occurring over several months.
Polymethyl methacrylate (Bellafill) is a durable semi-permanent filler. However, this filler may be seen under the skin if improperly injected. Another drawback is the number of injections needed to create volume can take up to three months to realize the full effects.
Choosing a Dermal Filler
Many dermal filler products are on the market, and each product has a unique formula. In addition, each filler has its pros and cons. Discussing all options with a provider will help determine the best treatment plan for you.
Awaken Med Spa of Clayton
Do you have some wrinkles or skin creases you’d like to minimize? The dermal filler experts at Awaken Med Spa of Clayton can help. We’ll recommend the best product to use to achieve the results you desire. So, call us today at 919-359-1741 and make an appointment – you’ll have a more youthful look in no time.