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Comparing Types of Dermal Fillers (Part 1)
Dermal fillers are more popular than ever. And like any trend that enjoys a sudden explosion of popularity, the market is currently flooded with an overwhelming number of dermal filler options for patients to choose from. With so many options, it might seem overwhelming to settle on the right one.
Fortunately, at AMAE Med Spa, we are here to help you get the best dermal fillers for your aesthetic goals – at the best price! Troy, MI area plastic surgeon and dermal filler expert Dr. Azhar Ali is committed to matching all of his patients with the dermal filler that will best meet their anti-aging appearance goals.
In this two-part article, Dr. Ali explains the difference between the most popular dermal fillers in use today.
Juvéderm Dermal Filler
What Juvederm Dermal Filler Does:
Various different dermal fillers fall under the umbrella name of Juvéderm, each of which have been designed for use in a different area of the face. Juvéderm Voluma XC, for example, is designed to return youthful contours to cheeks that have begun to naturally flatten. This particular dermal filler is also used to treat nasolabial folds (the “parentheses” lines that appear around the nose and mouth) as well as “marionette lines,” which run from the chin up to the corners of the mouth.
Juvéderm Ultra XC, on the other hand, is a dermal filler used to add volume to the lips. The dermal filler Juvéderm Volbella XC also does this and is additionally used to soften vertical lip lines.
One advantage of Juvéderm dermal fillers is that they are infused with lidocaine, a local anesthetic, which minimizes any discomfort the patient may experience during and after treatment.
How Juvederm Dermal Filler Works:
The primary ingredient used in Juvéderm facial fillers is hyaluronic acid (HA), a sugar that naturally occurs in the body. HA provides the skin with volume, moisture, and elasticity, which makes it an idea ingredient for dermal fillers. As the body ages, its levels of HA become depleted, resulting in a loss of volume that causes the skin to wrinkle. When HA is injected in a, however, it attracts water to the skin, plumping up the treatment area and instantly smoothing the surrounding skin.
According to a 2007 study, dermal filler injections containing HA also promote the skin’s production of collagen. This means that dermal fillers such as Juvéderm require fewer upkeep sessions, and when touch ups are necessary, use less product. Additionally, since HA is naturally-occurring in the body, patients are at no risk of allergic reactions. All of this makes Juvéderm and other HA-based dermal fillers one of the most attractive options on the market.
How Long Juvederm Dermal Filler Last:
Different Juvéderm dermal fillers last longer with others, largely depending on the viscosity of the material in question. Thicker dermal fillers, for example, have the potential to last longer than dermal fillers with a thinner consistency. As a general rule, however, results from a Juvéderm dermal filler injection can last 6 to 18 months.
Restylane Dermal Filler
What Restylane Dermal Fillers Do:
Like Juvéderm, dermal fillers in the Restylane family are designed for use on a variety of different treatment areas. The original Restylane product is used to add volume to the lips, as well as to smooth out folds and wrinkles. Restylane Lyft (formerly known as Perlane-L), which is a much thicker dermal filler, is used to treat areas such as the nasolabial folds, and can also add volume to the cheeks. Additionally, Restylane Lyft has been approved by the FDA as a dermal filler to add volume to the backs of the hands. Composed of smaller particles than other products in the Restylane family, Restylane Silk has been designed specifically to plump up the lips.
How Restylane Dermal Fillers Work:
Like Juvéderm, Restylane dermal fillers also derive their skin-rejuvenating properties from hyaluronic acid. Restylane dermal fillers may also result in the production of collagen, meaning patients who chose dermal fillers from this family of products often require fewer touch ups than they would with a different product.
How Long Restylane Dermal Fillers Last:
Wrinkles and folds treated with Restylane Lyft can see results last up to 6 months, as do results from Restylane Silk dermal filler injections in the lips. “Full treatment” with Restylane dermal fillers (which includes one repeat injection) have been proven in clinical studies to last as long as 18 months.
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Best Dermal Fillers – Troy, MI Area
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali offers the best and most advanced technologies in dermal fillers. Schedule a consultation to see which type of dermal filler or injection is best for your skin issues and beauty goals.
Then relax in our Troy, MI area MedSpa, while we make you look and feel younger and even more beautiful!