Which Type Of Dermal Filler Should I Use?
Selecting a dermal filler comes down to the desired area you wish to treat and the desired outcomes you wish to achieve. In many cases, a health care provider will suggest a class of dermal fillers, while in other cases a specific brand may be used to achieve your results. Let’s start with a few of the most common treatment areas:
Trying to smooth your face or get rid of acne scars, crow’s feet, frown lines, and worry lines?
The most popular sub-category of dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid based treatments tend to focus on crow’s feet, worry lines, frown lines, and even some facial scars. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body.
Brands include: Captique, Esthèlis, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen, Restylane
In some cases, and depending on the desired treatment area and outcome, your clinician may elect to use Botox over a dermal filler. As with any procedure, it is important that you discuss your outcome goals with your healthcare provider.
Smoothing under the eyes – Juvederm, Restylane, Fat injections
Smoothing Marionette lines – Juvederm, Belotero, Restylane, Refyne
Need to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles?
To reduce the appearance of deeper facial wrinkles, we typically see providers choosing Radiesse, which is made from calcium hydroxylapatite. Radiesse’s consistency is a bit thicker than a hyaluronic acid filler and usually last a bit longer. For most patients, Radiesse injections last on average about 12 months from the time of treatment. Some providers may elect to instead use Sculptra, composed of poly-l-lactic acid, which is a synthetic substance that stimulates collagen production.
Looking to enhance your facial tone, adding volume to your cheeks?
Juvederm Voluma XC and Restylane are typically used as dermal cheek fillers. Interestingly, Voluma XC is the only FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler approved specifically for adding cheek volume and is designed with cheek treatment as a primary use case. With Voluma XC, receiving the injectable is a fairly quick procedure and some patients have seen results that have lasted a number of years. Radiesse (calcium hydroxyapatite) may be used in certain circumstances add cheek volume
Interesting in adding volume to your lips?
Plumping your lips is a common treatment. Providers will most commonly elect to use a hyaluronic acid dermal filler to get the job done. In our research, Juvederm was the number one dermal filler for lip volume, followed by Restylane. Patients tend to have a higher satisfaction with Juvederm, as the injectable has a smoother texture which translates to a smoother result. For many, Juvederm may outlast the effects of Restylane as well.
Looking to target nasolabial folds—the lines that occur next to your nose?
For a shorter-term treatment that can last up to 12 months we typically see Juvederm Belotero, Restylan, Radiesse as the top three most popular treatments. For a longer lasting treatment (12+ months) we typically see VOLLURE, Sculptra, Bellafill as the top three dermal fillers.