There are so many treatment choices available when it comes to dermal fillers that patients are often bewildered. Once you understand what ingredients are used in the various filler products, it becomes easier to narrow down what treatment is right for you and your needs.
Before getting into the various dermal filler ingredients and brands, it may be helpful to understand why and how skin ages in the first place. One of the main causes of facial aging is the development of thin skin due to the gradual loss of certain skin components like hyaluronic acid and collagen. These substances help add moisture and structure to your skin. As you grow older, you produce less of them, and your skin grows thinner and more susceptible to the development of wrinkles as a result.
Are Dermal Fillers the Same as BOTOX®?
Not at all. BOTOX® is a purified protein solution delivered via injection to temporarily relax facial muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles caused by facial expressions. In contrast, dermal fillers are injectable gels containing substances that promote enhanced facial volume to reduce wrinkles.
What Is Restylane®?
Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by increasing facial skin thickness. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance that attracts many times its own weight in water molecules, holding this moisture within your skin cells. Skin with ample hyaluronic acid is moist and full. A Restylane® injection will help restore your levels of this important skin substance, attracting moisture and filling in lines and wrinkles.
What Is Radiesse®?
Radiesse® is another type of dermal filler that consists of a type of calcium contained within microspheres for easy injection into the skin. This form of calcium is found in bones and teeth. After injection into your skin, Radiesse® goes to work to promote enhanced skin volume and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
What Is Juvederm®?
Juvederm® is somewhat similar to Restylane® in that it contains hyaluronic acid mixed within an injectable gel. However, Juvederm® contains an additional ingredient: lidocaine. Lidocaine is a substance used in many hospitals and will ensure your comfort during your injections. Juvederm® works by increasing both hydration and skin volume for a reduction of lines and wrinkles.
Patients normally notice results almost immediately after their treatment with dermal fillers. The length of time that your results will last depends upon many factors like the specific formulation of the filler, your age, genetics, lifestyle, and other factors. Generally, dermal fillers offer long-lasting results ranging from six months to a year or more. At that point, you will need additional injections to maintain your results.
Am I a Good Candidate?
To learn if you would make a suitable candidate for injection with dermal fillers, simply speak with the educated staff at The Finishing Touch Medpsa in Folsom, CA. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!