Which Dermal Filler is Right for You?

Have you started to notice fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth? Or maybe you’ve discovered some depressed areas and sagging skin, particularly around the jawline, in the cheeks or even below your eyes? These facial changes can be considered a normal part of aging and most frequently can be traced back to a loss of volume.

When we age, our facial tissue thins and eventually lines and wrinkles begin to etch their way around the nose and mouth while at the same time our cheeks begin to look hollow. The good news is that you are not alone! And the best news is that there are affordable anti-aging treatments available that are non-invasive and require little to no downtime.

One of the best treatments for wrinkles is the proper use of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are injectable FDA-approved substances that can help replace lost facial volume, smooth out fine line and wrinkles, plump the lips, and restore a youthful and vibrant appearance.

While dermal fillers are great for wrinkle reduction, they can do more than just provide facial line removal as well. Some of the most common aging issues dermal fillers can address are:

  • Fine line removal around the nose and mouth (Also known as marionette lines, smile lines, parentheses)
  • Improve and restore cheek volume and contour
  • Vertical lip line reduction
  • Wrinkle reduction for chin crease

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are made with a naturally-derived or synthetic material that is safely injected into the skin in order to provide enough volume to help smooth and soften the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, depressions, or folds. Most dermal fillers are temporary and can last a few months up to a year or two until the body naturally absorbs them. These fillers have minimal side effects while providing needed volume and a revitalized appearance. Popular fillers of this type are made from such materials as hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, and calcium hydroxylapatite.

The Most Popular Fillers for Fine Line Treatment

Collagen Stimulators: Collagen stimulators are a powerful anti-aging treatment that may consist of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), calcium hydroxylapatite, or polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). These ingredients are used to promote collagen production in the skin, provide lost volume, and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Not only that, but collagen stimulators can also be used to improve skin texture and tone. The most popular collagen stimulators are Radiesse, Sculptra, and Bellafill.

One of the most common areas people want to reduce their wrinkles are the nasolabial folds, also called smile lines or laugh lines. These grooves can be quite deep and tend to become more apparent as we age. Radiesse and the Juvederm and Restylane family of products are a great choice for this area because it will immediately provide fine line improvement while stimulating the body to start rebuilding needed collagen.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural substance that is also found in the human body. One of the main benefits of these dermal fillers is that they are biocompatible and, when used for fine line treatment, have minimal side effects. Hyaluronic fillers are a safe and popular choice for people looking for wrinkle reduction.

How Do Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Work?

HA fillers attract and bind the skin’s moisture, creating a natural looking and gradual plumping of the skin. Think of HA fillers as an inflated cushion or a yoga ball that provides support for facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. HA fillers provide smooth results. The most popular HA fillers used for anti-aging and wrinkle reduction treatments are the Restylane and Juvéderm family of products and Belotero.

Under eye hollows or bags are a common complaint from people seeking anti-aging treatments. Belotero, Juvéderm and Restylane are great choices for treating under the eye because it provides needed volume and creates a refreshed, natural-looking result.

Another common area for desired anti-aging treatments is for the mid-face or cheeks, which may have lost some volume. Juvéderm, Restylane and Radiesse in addition to Sculptra and Bellafill can be placed in the deeper tissues of the mid-face in order to create a beautiful fullness to the cheeks. In addition, well-placed fillers to this area can also soften smile or laugh lines.

Botox/Dysport/Xeomin for Anti-Wrinkle Treatments

Another popular anti-wrinkle treatment is the neuromodulators, Botox, Dysport and Xeomin which are often confused with dermal fillers. Botox and dermal fillers are both anti-wrinkle treatments, but they are formulated very differently and used for different purposes. Neuromodulator injections work by relaxing the muscles that are responsible for the development of static and dynamic lines or wrinkles. After a neuromodulator injection, the muscles that have created fine lines or wrinkles gradually become relaxed, which allows the overlying skin to appear smooth and unwrinkled.

Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are most often injected around the forehead (the 11’s) and wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet) and while it stops the contractions that create these wrinkles, it lacks the plumping benefits of dermal fillers.

Because they work in different manners, many people elect to receive neuromodulator and dermal filler injections in combination in order to produce the most refreshed and revitalized appearance.

Learn more about neuromodulators at WebMD.com.

Schedule Your Facial Rejuvenating Treatment Today

Facial rejuvenation is just a consultation away. For more information about anti-aging and wrinkle treatments contact West Dermatology to schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist and skin care specialist today. Contact us online or call us at (702) 933-0225.

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