The Different Dermal Fillers Available Today

The Different Dermal Fillers Available Today

Are you considering trying a dermal filler cosmetic procedure? If you are not quite sure what it is, dermal fillers are used to lift eyebrows, enhance cheeks, help hide those dark circles under eyes, rid your face of lines and wrinkles, and yes, used to plump out lips. Dermal fillers can make a recipient look like they’ve just come back from the spa, relaxed and radiant. These results can last from several months up to over a year and a half.

Don’t get dermal fillers confused with Botox, though. Even though the actual procedures both consist of a physician injecting an area, wrinkle relaxer like Botox and Dysport’s chemical make-up are created to stop wrinkle-causing muscles working by temporarily paralyzing them. They are not used to plump or fill an area like dermal fillers, but the two are used together often.

But we are going to talk about dermal fillers, what is available on the market today, and compare four of them to make sure you know what is being injected into you before you go forward with this cosmetic procedure.

SCULPTRA

Ingredient: Poly-L-Lactic Acid

Used: On the hollows of the face, building up cheeks, increase skin thickness. Not to be used on lips.

How it works: This chemical boosts the creation of new collagen where injected. Number of treatments depends on how aged the skin is, but on average, multiple treatments are needed, usually around four weeks apart.

How long does it last: It has the ability to last up to two years.

Average Price: Each treatment can range $750 – $1,000.

An antidote if something goes wrong: There isn’t one for Sculptra.

Additional Information: This option provides more subtle results that can take months to see, but it is long lasting. This chemical was firstly used on patients with HIV who suffered loss of fat in the face caused by antiviral meds.

RESTYLANE / RESTYLANE-L

Ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid

Areas of Use: To improve wrinkles and lines in the face, and also used to enhance lips.

How it works: Enhanced by absorption of water by the acid, this causes the area of injection to become enhanced.

How long does it last: Repeat injection will last between four and a half to nine months. Single injection may last up to six months, although the chemical manufacturer claims it can last to eighteen months.

Avergae Price: Between $450 – $600 per injection

An antidote if soemthing goes wrong: Hyaluronidase

Additional Information: Both chemicals Restylane and Perlane are made by the same company. “Perlane is used for more “heavy duty” work” according to the dermal specialist at Advanced Dermatology in Sydney. You can find more information on Resylane on their website.

PERLANE /PERLANE-L

Ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid

Areas of Use: Add volume to flat areas; reduce lines and wrinkles, also used to enhance lips. This fillers is very popular in enhancing lips, you can read more about lip enhancements here.

How it works: Enhanced by absorption of water by the acid, this causes the area of injection to become enhanced.

How long does it last: Around six months

Average Price: One treatment is $400 – $600

An antidote if something goes wrong: Hyaluronidase

RADIESSE

Ingredient: Calcium hydroxylapatite in microspheres form

Areas of Use: moderate to several face wrinkles, skin folds, enhance cheek bones. Not to be used on lips

How it works: The chemical stimulates to the body to create new collagen. Injected area receives added volume.

How long does it last: On average, over one year

Average Price: One treatment is $1,000

An antidote if something goes wrong:: There isn’t one for Radiesse.

We hope you find this information useful, for more information we encourage you to speak to a specialist who will be able to assist you with deciding on the right dermal filler for you. This is information has been provided as a guide into the different dermal filler options and should not be taken as medical advice.

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