Facial fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are effective in treating a wide variety of concerns including plump thinning lips, give eyebrows a lift, enhance cheekbones, erase under-eye circles, smooth smile lines, and leave you looking rejuvenated and more youthful! At Skin Savvy, we offer a variety of top-performing fillers and today we’re breaking down our most popular ones to help you determine which dermal filler is the best for you!
What it does: Juvéderm is a family of Hyaluronic Acid-based fillers designed to add volume in various parts of the face. For instance, Juvéderm Voluma is used to add back youthful contours to the cheeks and jawline, smooth moderate-to-deep lines around your nose and mouth, while Juvéderm Volbella is best used to soften vertical lip lines and add the desired volume to the pout. Though not completely painless, most HA fillers are infused with the anesthetic lidocaine to minimize discomfort during and after treatment.
How it works: The main ingredient in Juvéderm is hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring sugar found in the body that gives the skin moisture, volume, and elasticity. As HA gets depleted with age, skin loses volume and wrinkles are more likely to appear. When injected, HA acts like a sponge to attract water into the skin. As a result, it plumps up the area in which it was injected.
How long it lasts: Depending on the material the effects of Juvéderm can last from 6 months to 18 months before the body gradually absorbs the material. For example, Juvéderm Voluma can last up to 24 months, while Juvéderm Vobella normally gets absorbed in around 12 months.
How it works: Restylane family of products is another line that relies on the immediate smoothing ability of hyaluronic acid. Injections may also stimulate natural collagen production, so fewer touch-ups may be needed and less material necessary when they are.
How long it lasts: Results in the cheeks last up to a year and up to 6 months in wrinkles and folds. Results in the lips most commonly last up to 6 months.
- RESTYLANE KYSSE
What it does: Restylane “Kysse” is Galderma’s newest hyaluronic acid lip filler. Restylane Kysse can subtly enhance the fullness of the lip body and add definition to the border to create soft, natural-looking lips. Lips appear revitalized as wrinkles are filled out and also become soft, supple and rehydrated. A lip treatment can also result in a correction of a sad mouth corner or make an irregular upper lip more balanced!
How it works: Restylane family of products is another line that relies on the immediate smoothing ability of hyaluronic acid. Restylane Kysse has been specially developed to softly integrate into the sensitive lip tissue and has been proven to cause little swelling.
How long it lasts: Created with Optimal Balance Technology, Restylane Kysse provides long-lasting results for the lips, proven to last for 6-9 months, and some effects have also been seen at 12 months.
- SCULPTRA AESTHETIC
What it does: Sculptra, also known as the “liquid facelift”, works by both filling in lines and wrinkles and by stimulating the body to produce new collagen and underlying tissue, thereby creating a fuller, more youthful appearance. Sculptra is a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment with downtime that is minimal.
How it works: Sculptra is an injectable liquid made of Poly-L-Lactic Acid. It’s the synthetic form of lactic acid, which your body produces naturally following regular exercise. Sculptra acts as a bio-activator and a powerful collagen stimulator! In this way, Sculptra is not providing the filling action in itself, instead, it causes a reaction in the skin, which encourages your body to form new collagen. This process happens gradually, allowing for beautiful, natural-looking results.
How long it lasts: In a clinical study published in 2011, the effects of Sculptra lasted up to two years after the first treatment session was completed (an average of three injections).
What it does: Radiesse is used to treat moderate-to-severe facial creases, such as the nasolabial folds. It also can be used to plump up cheeks and other facial contours. It’s not used on the lips.
How it works: Radiesse contains microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite, a type of mineral that’s found in human teeth and bones. When used in a filler, the calcium particles are tiny and suspended in a thick gel-like solution. While Radiesse immediately replenishes lost volume, over time the gel is absorbed and the body metabolizes the calcium, leaving behind your own collagen.
How long it lasts: Results with Radiesse last a year or more. However, because calcium hydroxylapatite stimulates natural collagen production, fewer touch-ups (and less material) may be necessary to maintain the result in the future.
PERSONAL APPROACH TO DERMAL FILLERS AT SKIN SAVVY
The best choice of dermal fillers for each patient is based on several individual factors. Taking into consideration the placement of filler, the skin concerns addressed as well as how long one would want the dermal filler to last, a licensed provider at Skin Savvy will advise you of the optimum option during a complimentary consultation!
If you have any questions regarding Cosmetic Injectables treatment or are ready to get started, feel free to give us a call at (512) 840 0607 and book your appointment! Skin Savvy is a premier boutique medical spa and wellness practice serving clients throughout Austin, Texas and the greater Austin area. We are located in the heart of West Lake Hills, just a short distance from downtown Austin!