When you visit an ice cream shop, you sometimes have to choose from more than 30 flavors. Head to a local clothing store and you’ll find racks and racks of similar, but slightly different styles. The same is true when it comes to fillers. There are a lot of different dermal filler choices out there–and it can be overwhelming to make a decision.
Different options for fillers, ice cream flavors, and clothing styles exist for the same reason. Different people have different wants and needs.
What do you need out of a filler? If you’re considering filler treatments and you’re not sure which product is right for you, here’s what you need to know to help you make the best decision for your needs.
The main reason there are different dermal filler choices is that people tend to have a variety of goals for rejuvenation. Some people want to fill in new or barely-there lines and wrinkles. Others are hoping to correct more deeply-set creases and lines.
Fillers do more than minimize the appearance of wrinkles, though. Some are designed for adding volume to areas of the face like the cheeks or lips.
Here’s a quick rundown of the most popular different dermal filler choices:
- Juvederm – Fills in wrinkles and creases
- Juvederm Voluma – Adds volume to the cheek area
- Juvederm Volbella – Adds volume to the lips
- Perlane – Adds volume to the cheek area and fills in deep creases and wrinkles
- Radiesse – Helps to fill in deep lines and creases
- Restylane – Fills in lines and wrinkles
The fillers listed above don’t only have different purposes. Some are also made from different ingredients. The ingredients you’re likely to find in dermal fillers include hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyapatite. Older fillers contained collagen, while some modern fillers are made from completely synthetic ingredients, such as poly-L-lactic acid.
The ingredients in a filler determine how quickly it provides results and often how long the results last. The ingredients can also determine the type of results you get from a filler.
It’s also worth noting that some ingredients can be manipulated to change what they do and how long they last. Hyaluronic acid is a key example. It’s the main ingredient in each of the three fillers produced by Juvederm. But it’s designed to work in different areas based on the formula of the filler. Altering the substance slightly changes how it works.
In the case of Juvederm Voluma, the hyaluronic acid is very thick and viscous. This allows the filler to provide enhanced volume and last for up to two years. The hyaluronic acid in standard Juvederm is slightly thinner, so it’s better for correcting certain lines and wrinkles.
Calcium hydroxyapatite is the primary ingredient in Radiesse, a filler that’s best suited for correcting deeper creases and lines. The ingredient works in a two-part process. It first provides instant volume in an area, minimizing the appearance of lines. Next, it helps to encourage the production of collagen in the dermis of the skin. The new collagen helps to add support and structure so that wrinkles continue to be minimized even after the initial filler has worn away.
Other Injectable Options
If you’re thinking about non-surgical treatments to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it’s worth noting that dermal fillers aren’t the only options out there. Botox is another popular treatment.
Botox has some things in common with dermal fillers, mainly in that it is a type of injection that provides temporary results. It’s also considerably different from fillers. For one thing, it doesn’t “fill in” wrinkles. Instead, it blocks certain signals from reaching specific muscles, so that you don’t make the movements that create wrinkles.
The wrinkles you treat with Botox aren’t the same as the wrinkles that you treat with a filler. That can mean you can get Botox and a filler at the same time to provide more thorough rejuvenation or to help you reach your anti-wrinkle goals more effectively.
Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas offers a range of dermal filler choices, as well as Botox injections. To learn more, call 281-810-9083 to schedule a consultation with us today.