4 Types of Dermal Fillers: Defy Aging with Dermal Fillers
How different types of Dermal Fillers work, what they do and why they’re unique!
From plumping lips to restoring a more lifted midface, there’s no denying that cosmetic dermal fillers can turn back the clock on facial aging and enhance your best features. Each year, millions of people forgo surgical solutions in favor of non-invasive injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers. But, the landscape of types of dermal fillers that are available is quickly expanding and can become confusing for the consumer to discern which may be best for them. Let’s take a look at some of the most common dermal fillers, what makes them different from one another and how to decide which ones can help you turn back the clock!
JUVEDERM™ FAMILY OF FILLERS by Allergan®
How do they work? Juvéderm, a brand name that now encompasses several dermal fillers manufactured by Allergan, is comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA). This molecule is a naturally occurring sugar found in your body that gives your skin moisture, firmness, volume, and elasticity. As we age, HA becomes depleted, and our skin loses vital moisture and volume, which can lead to wrinkles. When your injection specialist injects an HA dermal filler into a wrinkle, the products acts almost like a sponge and attracts water to that area and causes “plumping.” Results are instant, and new studies show that your body’s collagen production is stimulated by treatment! Because HA is naturally occurring in your body, there is no risk for an allergic reaction.
What can they do for wrinkles? Each HA dermal filler in the Juvéderm family is designed to be used in a different area of your face. For example, the new Volbella® XC is a soft, delicate HA that works well to add subtle fullness to your lips, while Voluma® XC is focused on adding more youthful lift and fullness to your cheeks, which can flatten over time. Other members of this favorite family of filers include Juvéderm Ulta® XC, Juvéderm Ultra Plus®, and Vollure®. These can help restore volume to hallowed out under eyes and temples, smooth the “parentheses” wrinkles around your mouth, make vertical lines above your lips disappear and even restore volume to thin earlobes to help support heavy earrings better! And, don’t worry about the pain factor. Most HA fillers in the Juvéderm family are infused with lidocaine, a numbing agent that minimizes your discomfort both during and after treatment.
How long do they last? Some members of the Juvéderm family last longer than others, as the molecular structure of the HA and its supporting material may be thicker or thinner. On average though, these fillers last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. Your body will gradually absorb the HA as each month progresses. Also, fillers that are HA base can be dissolved, or removed with hyaluronidase, an enzyme that can effectively break them down.
How much do they cost? The pricing on each different kind of HA filler in the Juvéderm family will vary. But, expect to pay anywhere from $350 per syringe to $950. You can save significantly on Juvéderm HA fillers by enrolling in Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions Rewards program which allows you to earn points with each treatment that you can later cash in as discounts towards your future treatments.
RESTYLANE® FAMILY OF FILLERS by Galderma®
How do they work? The HA base of these products immediately draws water to itself when injected and plumps up and lifts the skin on site. Collagen is stimulated at the injection site, making for fewer future touch-ups with less product necessary.
What can they do? Like Juvéderm, Restylane products are a family of HA dermal fillers designed to treat different parts of the face. These areas can sometimes overlap with Juvéderm, but Restylane Lyft® recently gained FDA approval to restore fullness to the back of hands. It can also be used to accentuate lift and fullness to the cheeks and nasolabial folds because of its thicker consistency. Restylane Silk, on the other hand, is very soft and thin, making it more appropriate for areas like the lips and under eyes.
How long do they last? Galderma, the manufacturer of Restylane, has stated that with “full treatment,” which includes your initial treatment plus on follow-up treatment, results with Restylane can last up to 18 months. Enhancements to cheeks can last up to one year, and any lip or facial wrinkle treatments can last up to 6 months.
How much do they cost? Prices will vary based on the type of Restylane your purchase, but, like Juvéderm, expect to pay anywhere from $350 to $950 per syringe of HA Filler. Join Galderma’s ASPIRE Rewards program to enhance your savings!
RADIESSE® by MERZ Aesthetics
How does it work? Radiesse is NOT a hyaluronic acid-based filler. It is an FDA-approved injectable comprised of small microspheres of calcium hydroxyapatite, a mineral that is naturally found in our teeth and bones. When used in a cosmetic application, tiny particles of this mineral are suspended in a thick, gel-like solution that can be injected into a wrinkle to replenish volume, structure and lift immediately. As the months pass, your body metabolizes the calcium and collagen in that area is significantly stimulated.
What can it do for wrinkles? Radiesse is best suited to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles, such as the nasolabial folds. It is also very useful in rejuvenating the cheeks and mid-face. Like Restylane Lyft, it can be used to add volume and smoothness to the backs of your hands.
How long does it last? Results with Radiesse last 12 to 15 months, sometimes more. Because the calcium hydroxyapatite in Radiesse stimulates your body’s natural collagen production, you can expect to need less product and fewer treatments in the future to maintain your results. Unlike HA fillers, Radiesse is non-reversible.
How much does it cost? Depending on where in the country you are treated, expect to pay anywhere from $600 to $950/syringe for Radiesse
BELLAFILL® by SUNEVA Medical
How does it work? Bellafill is unlike any other fillers on the market. It is a collagen-based gel infused with tiny suspended particles of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. Once injected, the collagen provides an immediate plumping effect to areas of your face like cheeks, marionette lines, nasolabial folders, temples, and acne scars. Your body naturally metabolizes this collagen over time, but the PMMA microspheres leave behind a “scaffolding system” that provides support for stimulated collagen to lay a new foundation of long-term smoothness.
What can it do for wrinkles? Like Radiesse, Bellafill is best for moderate to severe wrinkles. It is a thicker and denser filler. But, it is also indicated to smooth acne scarring and can provide dramatic and long-lasting results for this concern.
How long does it last? Bellafill is FDA-approved to last up to 5 years in smile lines!
How much does it cost? Most patients need at least 2-5 syringes of Bellafill. Amount of product required for the treatment of acne scarring depends on the severity of the scarring. As a result, Bellafill is often sold in a “kit” containing five syringes of product. Expect to pay anywhere from $750 to $1,000 per syringe or $4,000 to $5,000 for a kit of 5 syringes.
Excited to get started with dermal fillers, but need help deciding between the different types of dermal fillers best for you, your skin and your budget? Schedule a complimentary consultation with Katie McClellan, PA-C at our St. Louis Park, MN location to discuss what fillers may be best for YOU!