What are dermal fillers used for?
There are lines and depressions in the face that can not be corrected with Botox and Dysport, such as hollows under the yes, smile lines, and deflated lips and cheeks. Dermal fillers fill those spaces and give you the plump youthful appearance that’s lost with aging. Our focus is to give you the most natural looking, yet subtle enhancement or reversal of signs of aging with dermal fillers.
What’s new in Dermal Fillers?
In the past, we mostly used Restylane and Perlane for improving the appearance of smile lines (nasolabial folds), and lines extending from the corners of the mouth(Marionette lines) as well as lip enhancement. With newer advances, other fillers have been added to that line up, each with its own advantages and characteristics.
Today, a new trend of injecting one’s own fat that has been processed with uniform fat particle size, enriched with your own platelets and growth factors, has become popular. It is known as autologous fat grafting, or nanofat grafting due to the very fine fat particle size.
For smaller volume enhancement or reshaping of the face, there is another solution: the dermal filler that lasts at least 5 years: Bellafill.
Bellafill is a revolutionary dermal filler that lasts over 5 years. It is a combination of Bovine collagen and the synthetic molecule PMMA. It is the PMMA part that causes long lasting results, as it stimulate new collagen formation, leading to enhanced soft tissue volume and improved skin texture. It is not to be used for individuals with beef allergy or into the lips. It is also recommended for correction of certain types of acne scars. In strategic places, it acts and feels like an implant without the downsides of a surgery. These locations include the chin and the nose among others. The results are natural, extra-long lasting, and smooth.
Juvederm Ultra XC, Ultra Plus XC, Volbella, and Vollure: These are very refined hyaluronic acid products (that are naturally found in connective tissue at lower concentrations). The duration of effect can be up to 1.5 years. Today, Volbella and Vollure have supplanted earlier fillers as the results are smoother and longer lasting without lumpiness. Vollure is mostly used for lip volume and shape correction, and Volbella is used for lip volume, contour, smokers lines, and also correction of under-eye hollows.
Juvederm Voluma, as well as Restylane Lyft are the most cohesive among hyaluronic acid fillers. They are very condensed and don’t change their shape much after injection ( unless molded and massaged aggressively). They are mostly injected into the cheek bones and temples to correct the lost volume and flattened cheek bones (that result in sagging cheeks and rolling of the skin over the smile lines). It lasts 18-24 months. The advantage of these fillers is that if you are not happy with the results, they can be dissolved with the enzyme Hyaluronidase easily and quickly.
Restylane Defyne, Refyne, Silk and Lyft: Also among Hyaluronic acid fillers. Defyne and Refyne are unique in that they are elastic. The advantage of this elasticity is that it moves with facial expressions, preventing a “lumpy appearance” from dermal filler injections that are seen in certain other fillers, specially in the lower half of the face. Silk is used for lip contour enhancement and other fine lines around the face. Lyft is generally used for non-surgical nose jobs and correction of cheek and temple volume loss as well as correction of downturned corners of the mouth.
Belotero: This is a filler for correction of fine lines around the mouth and the forehead. It is injected after application of a numbing cream and lasts 6-12 months.The results are smooth and natural.
Radiesse: A very smooth filler with long lasting results, with duration of effect of at least 1 year. Very cost effective for the volume added. This can be used anywhere on the face except for the lips. Another great usage of this filler is for volume restoration to the back of hands.