Dermal fillers are an incredibly popular cosmetic procedure. Both men and women have fallen in love with the natural-looking results of dermal fillers, which can fill in the skin to reduce wrinkles or plump certain areas. But because dermal fillers are a relatively new cosmetic treatment, many people don’t know what they are, how they work, or why so many people are using them. So what exactly are dermal fillers and what are their benefits?
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers do exactly what their name would imply: fill the dermis, the lower layer of the skin. As we age, the layers of our skin become damaged and less firm, which causes wrinkles, fine lines, and a loss of fullness. Dermal fillers are used to correct these signs of aging and rejuvenate the skin.
There are actually many different kinds of dermal fillers. Each variety of filler is made up of different materials and can provide different benefits. To help you get a better understanding of the range of dermal fillers, let’s take a look at some of the most popular dermal fillers, what each is made of, and each one’s unique benefits.
What Are The Popular Dermal Fillers and What Are Their Benefits?
Juvederm is one of the biggest names in dermal fillers. The active ingredient in Juverderm is hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the body. As we age, hyaluronic acid— which is responsible for much of our skin’s plump and smooth appearance— deteriorates. Juvederm contains a synthetic, laboratory made version of hyaluronic acid that, when injected into the dermis, can instantly create a smoother or fuller appearance.
There are many different kinds of Juvederm and each has been formulated to treat a specific area of the face. These are the kinds of Juvederm used today, their uses, and how long each can last:
Juvederm Voluma XC: Used to plump the cheeks; it can last up to 2 years.
Juvederm XC: Smooths moderate to severe parentheses lines around the mouth and wrinkles around the nose and mouth; it can last up to 1 year.
Juvederm Vollure XC: Softens moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles; it can last up to 18 months.
Juvederm Volbella XC: Adds volume to the lips and smooths vertical lip lines; it can last up to a year.
Like many other popular fillers, Belotero is a hyaluronic acid filler. But Belotero’s hyaluronic acid is specially formulated in a proprietary process that helps the injectable gel uniquely mold to the shape of your face.
Belotero is an incredibly versatile filler, due to the way it molds to the shape of each patient’s unique facial features. Boletero can be used to treat smile lines, fine lines around the mouth, under eye bags, dark circles under the eyes, and can even be used to plump the lips. Boletero works instantly, requires little to no downtime after the treatment, and can last up to 6 months or more.
Sculptra is made of injectable poly-L-latic acid, an FDA approved collagen stimulator. Because it stimulates the body’s natural collagen growth, it works differently from other fillers. Sculptra doesn’t simply treat the appearance of facial aging, it works to treat the underlying cause: the deterioration of our skin’s collagen, which is what keeps our skin firm.
Sculptra stimulates natural collagen growth to smooth the skin and give it a revitalized, more youthful look. Because of the way Sculptra works, it doesn’t give the instant results that other fillers have— it works gradually. It is, however, a much more long-lasting filler; results of Sculptra treatments may last for up to 3 to 5 years.
Are you considering trying a dermal filler like Juvederm, Boletero, or Sculptra? Make an appointment with us today to schedule a free consultation and find out which filler is right for you.