Most of the patients looking to find out more about dermal fillers are typically surprised to learn there are so many options. By consulting with a plastic surgeon, aesthetician, or dermatologist, these prospective patients can navigate their way through the long list of fillers to find the one best suited to their needs. The two most popular options, Juvederm and Restylane, are the biggest names in the industry for good reason. They are versatile, effective, and long-lasting. So how can you decide which of these two top choices is right for you?
All About Dermal Fillers
If you’re new to the world of dermal fillers and nonsurgical, anti-aging treatments, don’t worry. It’s essential to get a good handle on what these products can do for you before you start deciding on the right brand. Dermal fillers have been used for decades as a solution to the signs of aging, including depleted volume, lines and wrinkles, and other problems. The available products have come a long way to address new concerns, deliver better results, and have a little more staying power. Dermal fillers have provided surgeons and patients with an alternative to the collagen treatments of yesterday, improving upon it in almost every way.
Today’s dermal fillers are biocompatible substances made of hyaluronic acid, a natural complex sugar found within the human body and all mammals on earth. Because it is already present in the body, hyaluronic acid carries a very low rate of allergic reaction, especially if this sugar is not derived from an animal. Hyaluronic acid is an effective filler, but also offers many additional benefits to patients. As a natural part of the connective tissue in the skin, hyaluronic acid adds tightening and firming, while also attracting water to the skin to keep the cells hydrated. Overall, the addition of hyaluronic acid can help the skin cells stay healthy for longer, which means a boost to the look and feel of your skin as well as your signs of aging. Early research has also shown that these initial benefits will build with repeated injections of hyaluronic acid over time to leave the skin looking radiant and more youthful for much longer.
Why Choose Restylane?
As one of the very first FDA-approved dermal fillers on the market, Restylane has a long history of providing effective results to its patients. The Restylane formula is a very cohesive one, so much so that it tends to stay in place when injected. Your clinician will need to manipulate the filler to form a more natural shape afterwards to give you the results you want. Once in place, Restylane provides patients with buildable volume for the treatment area, which means that you can add little by little to achieve the right look. When it comes to adding volume to a specific area, Restylane works best on the lower eyelids and hollows beneath the eyes. It’s a popular choice for patients who are frustrated with sunken or hollow looking eyes.
As for treating fine lines and wrinkles, Restylane’s formulaoffers the best results in the shallower areas of the face. Patients typically see their results lasting six to nine months, although it is most often closer to the six-month mark when they feel the need for a touch-up appointment. Many plastic surgeons recommend Restylanefor patientswho are new to dermal fillers and want the chance to see what these products can achieve for them.
Restylane patients choose this product to do many things: smooth deep facial creases, improve fine lines of the face, correct facial scarring, plump up the lips, and provide volume and asymmetry to the chin. This brand is an excellent choice for men and women who are experiencing the early signs of aging and wish to do something about it. To be a good Restylane patient, you should be in good physical health and have a good idea of what results can be achieved with this product.
Why Choose Juvederm?
Although newer than Restylane, Juvedermhas grown quickly in popularity since gaining its FDA approval merely a decade ago. The unique, gel-like formula is smooth and pliable, providing a more natural look than the granular gels of other brand names. Most patients are impressed with the smooth contours and natural feel created by Juvederm fillers. In addition, Juvederm products have been known to last much longer than competitors, usually around a year with a touch-up between six and 10 months.
While there have since been additions to the Juvederm family with the newer Juvederm Ultra Plus and JuvedermVoluma XC, the original Juvederm formula continues to provide lasting, natural-looking results to patients. Juvederm is most effective against fine lines around the nose and mouth, such as the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It can also be used to correct very deep acne scars, add volume to the cheeks, boost volume in the lips, and define the jawline with added volume. Juvederm treatments have a high rate in patient satisfaction year after year, whether they were looking to smooth lines around the mouth or plump tissues throughout the face.
Juvederm candidates should be frustrated with the lax facial tissue and depleted facial volume they see in the mirror. Juvederm injectable gel can be a great way to correct these issues for patients who are in good overall health and have a realistic idea about what their results will be.
Another Option: Why Choose Belotero?
The newest and arguably most effective facial filler available today is Belotero. First on the market in 2011, Belotero is made of hyaluronic acid which will provide structure and shape to the tissues, blending naturally with the skin’s existing collagen. This unique ability makes it ideal for more sensitive areas.
Belotero can fill fine lines nicely without creating an unnatural, overly plump look. It is a go-to treatment for Crow’s Feet around the eyes and Smoker’s Lines around the lips. As a patient, you’ll be thrilled to see your Belotero results immediately, leaving you with smoother contours, added volume, and a more youthful appearance all around.
Belotero and many other facial fillers can be administered alongside one another or with Botox Cosmetic. For best results, talk to your clinician about other skin care treatments that might optimize your results, such as microdermabrasion or a chemical peel.
Get Help Making Your Choice
If you’re stumped about which dermal filler would be the best choice for you, connect with a clinic that offers top-notch service and the latest technology in skincaretreatments, clinical services, and anti-aging treatments. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ruth Hillelson, Director of Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics at American Self, to get started. She has an extensive background in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, as well as a commitment to implementing the latest medical techniques and technologies.
Dr. Terry Whipple is the Director of Orthopaedics and Fitness at American Self, providing his patients with a range of other procedural options to help with fitness, pain management, and other health concerns. With both Dr. Hillelson and Dr. Whipple involved, American Self is a unique clinic for patients seeking procedures and treatments of all varieties. Contact their office, located at 9900 Independence Park Drive in Richmond, Virginia, by calling (804) 290-0060 to schedule your first consultation today.