With so many different types of injectable filler available, how can you determine which filler is the right filler for you? Not all dermal fillers are created the equally. Even fillers made from the same main ingredient can vary in terms of thickness and viscosity, meaning some are better suited for some tasks than others.
The right filler for you depends in large part on what sign of aging is of the most to concern to you. If you want to look more youthful all over, it’s also possible to combine filler treatments.
To Treat Fine Lines. . .
If your primary concern is a few fine lines, such as smile lines by your mouth, a hyaluronic acid filler, such as Juvederm, might be your best option. Juvederm is made from a smooth gel formula that adds subtle volume to small wrinkles, creating a more youthful looking face. It’s often recommended to patients who are just beginning to notice the signs of aging in the form of delicate lines and wrinkles.
The results after Juvederm are visible right away and usually last for at least six months. How long your results last depends on how quickly your body metabolizes the hyaluronic acid. Some people see results that last for a full year. You can always repeat the treatment as your results fade if you want to maintain a more youthful look.
To Restore Lost Volume. . .
Hyaluronic acid can also be your friend if you want to restore lost volume to the cheek area. But you’ll need a different form of the ingredient to get the best results. The right filler for restoring volume can be either Juvederm Voluma or Perlane.
Juvederm Voluma contains a very thick, viscous form of hyaluronic acid and was the first filler of its kinda to be FDA approved for adding volume to the cheek area. Once injected into the area, the filler can last for up to two years.
Like Voluma, Perlane is also made from a form of hyaluronic acid. The ingredient is a large molecule form of HA, which helps to restore lost volume after it’s injected beneath the skin. It also helps to stimulate the production of collagen beneath the skin, so that some volume is left even after the filler wears off. Typically, results from Perlane last for about a year.
To Plump Up the Lips . . .
While technically any type of hyaluronic acid filler can add volume to the lips, some are better suited for the task than others. Juvederm Volbella was actually created specifically for adding volume to the lips.
The filler contains a lower concentration of hyaluronic acid, which reduces the chance for unwanted effects, such as overly puffy lips, after treatment. The gel substance is smooth and soft, which helps to create more lift and to provide more natural looking results.
The results from Volbella also typically last longer than the results from other hyaluonic acid fillers used in the lips. While you might get around four months of results with an injection of standard Juvederm or Restylane, Volbella provides results that can last for a year.
To Reduce Dynamic Wrinkles . . .
Dynamic wrinkles are lines created by muscle movements over time. Crow’s feet and frown lines are just two of the more common examples of these wrinkles.
You actually wouldn’t use a filler at all to treat these, but you would use a type of injection. Botox is usually your best bet if you’re hoping to ease the appearance of frown lines or crow’s feet. The injection works by temporarily blocking certain nerve signals to the muscles responsible for certain movements. You’re not able to make the very subtle movements that create the lines, so they fade away a few days after treatment.
Botox typically lasts for about three months. If you’re happy with the results, you can schedule a repeat injection to maintain them.
To Minimize Under Eye Hollows . . .
As you age, a loss of volume under the eyes can make dark circles very prominent and can give you a tired, hollowed eye look. Restylane, another hyaluronic acid filler, is often the right filler to use to restore volume under the eye.
Treating the under eye area with fillers can be tricky. A filler that’s too heavy can leave bumps or look unnatural. Some fillers can create a blue tint, making the appearance of dark circles worse. Restylane isn’t too heavy and can also be reversed with an injection of a special enzyme, if you don’t like the results.
No matter which filler is the right filler for you, it’s important to always work with a surgeon who has experience with the type of filler you choose. At Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Vitenas oversees a well-trained staff of aestheticians. To learn more about your filler options, call 281-810-9083 to schedule a consultation at Mirror Mirror today.