Restylane® is a biodegradable gel used by dermatologists in injections targeted at smoothing out wrinkled skin. Restylane is primarily composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance occurring within the body. This compound is also the only FDA approved dermal filler on the market for use in treating wrinkles. In addition, not only does the injected volume of Restylane add fullness to skin, but it also attracts water molecules to the site of injection, further enhancing its effectiveness.
While inside the body, Restylane provides longer lasting results that are apparent almost immediately after injection, although it may take a day or two before natural body processes and swelling subside. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for a later date (4-8 months) for another set of injections to further prolong the effect.
There are very few complications associated with Restylane. The compound itself is derived from bacterial origins, so most allergies should not be an issue (unless specific to bacterial proteins). The side effects are minimal and will not interrupt daily routine. These may include:
- Slight redness
- Minor swelling
- Mild discomfort
These will all subside within three days or less as your body adjusts to the new hyaluronic acid. Consequently, the suggested recovery period of Restylane treatment is just under three days. It is advised to refrain from rubbing or massaging the treated area for approximately 48 hours.
Radiesse® is a synthetic filler composed of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres in a water-based gel. These microspheres stimulate the production of collagen by your body, restoring volume and contour to the treated areas of your face. Radiesse is generally recommended to treat deeper wrinkles of the face. It is a safe filler that produces immediate results that can last for a year and sometimes even longer with touch-up treatments. Radiesse is also FDA-approved for hand rejuvenation, restoring volume to the hand's aging, thinning skin!
How do you choose the best filler for your needs? Radiesse, Restylane and Juvederm are all safe and FDA approved. Radiesse is longer lasting than its competitors, usually by a number of months. It can also provide more facial contouring as well as elimination of lines. However, Radiesse cannot be used on the lips because it may cause bumps. In some cases it produces more swelling than Restylane or Juvederm. It also may be a little more painful a procedure to receive. If there is an allergic reaction or uneven appearance, Restylane and Juvederm are easy to remove, while Radiesse is more difficult.
Your physician can further discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each product to determine which one will best suit your particular requirements.
Juvederm Injectable Gel is a safe, effective gel that restores volume to the skin and smoothes away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Juvederm is the first FDA-approved dermal filler proven safe and effective for persons of color. The Juvederm gel is made of hyaluronic acid with a smooth consistency, allowing for easy injections and instant, natural-looking results. There is no pre-testing needed for this procedure.
Topical or injectable anesthesia may be used during this procedure to numb the treatment area and minimize any potential discomfort. The results of this procedure are available right away and can usually last for up to a year, the longest results available from any hyaluronic acid product.
Perlane® is an injectable filler used to effectively soften wrinkles and reduce the appearance of lines and folds for patients unhappy with the effects of aging on their skin. Perlane can be used for lines around the lips, mouth, nose and forehead, and is especially effective for the nasolabial folds, which stretch from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
Made of hyaluronic acid, Perlane is similar in consistency to Restylane®, but contains larger gel particles that help lift and fill deeper depressions. Hyaluronic acid is a transparent gel that is found naturally in the body and gives the skin its fullness. Over time, hyaluronic acid levels naturally decrease and cause the skin to sag and depress. Injecting this substance into the skin can fill these depressions and restore the skin back to its original fullness.
Juvederm Voluma™ is a new, FDA-approved dermal filler formulated specifically to add volume to the face around the cheeks and chin. This is the only injectable gel created to provide a subtle, natural enhancement to the mid-face, addressing changes in definition that occur over time. Juvederm Voluma can help restore more youthful contours by plumping up the area that so often loses volume as part of the aging process. It can also return a firmer shape to the jaw line when some softening has set in.
Juvederm Voluma is not only an effective treatment method, but it is long lasting as well. In many patients, the results will last for a period of up to 18 months.
The active ingredient in Juvederm Voluma is hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a substance naturally produced within the skin. As we get older, the levels of HA present in the skin begin to decline, resulting in a loss of volume and sunken or sagging cheeks. Juvederm Voluma integrates into the existing collagen and elastin in the skin tissue to offer greater support and elasticity. This can provide a noticeable smoothing and firming to the skin and lend the facial structure more substantial definition.
Juvederm Voluma is the latest in the Juvederm line of dermal fillers. These various formulas have a successful history of reducing the appearance of wrinkles and folds in the skin and rejuvenating the face.