Over time, your face starts to lose the natural fat that gives it its youthful, plump appearance. This is due to the decreased production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. When enough of these proteins are lost, you will begin to see the development of lines and wrinkles and the gradual reduction of volume.
Many men and women decide to combat the aging process with non-surgical facial rejuvenation like injectable fillers. Injectable fillers provide instantaneous volume and wrinkle reduction with little discomfort and little to no downtime.
What Are the Benefits of Injectable Fillers?
What Are My Injectable Filler Options?
JUVÉDERM® is a hyaluronic acid filler, meaning that it attracts moisture to maintain fullness. JUVÉDERM® offers a collection of products that fill facial lines, restore facial volume, and plump the lips.
Here is a list of JUVÉDERM® products and what they can be used to treat:
- JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC – to add fullness and contour to the cheeks
- JUVÉDERM® Ultra – to correct severe facial lines and nasolabial folds
- JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus – to correct more severe lines and nasolabial folds
- JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC – to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC – to provide fuller lips
Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid filler that reduces visible wrinkles and adds fullness to the skin to restore natural youthful contours.
Here is a list of Restylane® products and what they can treat:
- Restylane® Silk – to plump the lips
- Restylane® Refyne™ – for moderate laugh and lines
- Restylane® Lyft™ – to minimize wrinkles and increase cheek volume
- Restylane® Defyne™ – for deep laugh and smile lines
RADIESSE® instantly adds volume to minimize the appearance of creases around the nose, mouth, and the backs of your hands. This filler is a calcium-based product suspended in a gel carrier that stimulates collagen production for lasting results.
BELOTERO BALANCE® uses a thicker concentration of hyaluronic acid than either JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®. This filler is ideal for lines around the mouth and chin because of its soft consistency.
Sculptra® Aesthetic corrects facial wrinkles like nasolabial folds. This is derived from poly-L-lactic acid and stimulates collagen production.
Addressing Your Concerns
Injectable fillers do not require patients to experience much downtime or recovery period. Patients can return to work and their normal activities immediately after the treatment, but vigorous exercise should be avoided for 24 hours.
Every patient heals differently, and some are more prone to bruising than others. Following injection, some patients experience bruising, swelling, and redness. Most side effects resolve within a few hours, but some may last for up to 10 days.
Injectable fillers are non-invasive and do not require incisions. Therefore, there will be no scarring. Patients may experience temporary side effects like bruising and redness but nothing as permanent as a scar.
Injectable fillers are priced per unit. Therefore, the price of your treatment will depend on the type, location, and amount of filler used. You will be given an accurate cost estimate during your consultation after your specific aging concerns have been evaluated.
A topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment area before the injection to ensure a painless procedure. Most injectable fillers also contain trace amounts of lidocaine to promote comfort further.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ideal candidates for injectable fillers are in good general health and have realistic expectations of their results. Men and women who typically qualify for injectable filler treatment experience at least one of the following:
- Mild to moderate lines and wrinkles
- Fine lines around the mouth
- Nasolabial folds
- Volume loss on the cheeks, temples, or under the eyes
- Thinning lips
Patients should stop taking any blood thinners or herbal supplements before their injectable treatment, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and NSAIDs. These can increase your risk of complications.
Patients see noticeable fullness immediately following their injectable treatment, and most redness or bruising resolves within a few hours.
Fillers offer temporary solutions for facial aging and volume loss, but the body will eventually absorb them. Most injectable fillers last one year, with some reaching duration of two years, and repeated treatments are available to maintain results.
Fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic are both injectable treatments used to restore youthful contours. Facial fillers instantly add volume by creating a barrier between the skin and the underlying tissues. BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and XEOMIN® are neuromodulators, meaning that they smooth wrinkles by blocking chemical signals and paralyzing the muscles so that they are unable to contract.
Facial fillers minimize wrinkles and restore facial fullness, much like facelift surgery does. While these two treatments target the same concerns, they are not interchangeable. Facial fillers cannot address tissue laxity the way that facelift surgery can, and therefore, cannot correct the same level of physical aging.
Many men and women prefer the non-invasive option of facial fillers, but not all facelift candidates are candidates for fillers. During your consultation, your aesthetic surgeon will evaluate the level of your facial aging to determine the correct procedure for you.