What do Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse and Dysport all have in common? If you are unhappy with the sudden appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sunken in cheeks and other common signs of aging, you might look to one or more of these to fill out those lines and plump up your cheeks or lips. They are called dermal fillers and that’s exactly what they do, fill out your skin. Dermal fillers and injectables, like the ever popular Botox, have become almost commonplace these days, all but replacing the scalpel and expensive surgical procedures by presenting a virtually painless, quick fix that can be catered to each patient’s individual needs.
Restylane® is a type of hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. Like other hyaluronic dermal fillers, Restylane® is free from animal proteins which eliminate risks of allergic reactions. Restylane® is most commonly used to improve facial wrinkles and folds including nasolabial folds.
JUVÉDERM® is also an FDA approved hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. This smooth consistency gel helps add volume and hydration to your face. JUVÉDERM® is most commonly used to treat your smile lines or nasolabial folds. This injectable process takes about 15 minutes to complete, and results can be immediate.
RADIESSE® is FDA approved to safely correct wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, also commonly referred to as smile lines, nasolabial folds and marionette lines. RADIESSE® not only fills in your lines and wrinkles, it also stimulates the production of collagen and encourages tissue regeneration. These immediate results can last up to one year.
Dermal Fillers Strength And Weaknesses
Every dermal filler on the market has its strengths and weaknesses. Juvederm can fill in wrinkles, folds and improve that overall appearance of loose, sagging skin, but where Juvederm is more superficial and can be used almost anywhere, Radiesse volumizes deeper and is best used in specific areas. Restylane works best on fine lines and wrinkles. Most dermal fillers take only minutes to apply and last for a couple of months.
A consultation is needed to determine if dermal fillers may be right for you. A combination of dermal fillers, or a dermal filler combined with another facial rejuvenation procedure may be the best way to achieve the results you desire. As with all procedures, there are risks and potential side effects. Side effects for dermal fillers are minimal, but may include minor swelling, minor bruising or redness at the injection site.