Understanding Fillers

Understanding Fillers

Dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® are great for my Denver-area patients who want to soften wrinkles, fill in lost volume in the face, or enhance the lips. With so many types of fillers on the market, how do patients know which one is right for them? Here’s some information on some of the most popular options:

  • JUVÉDERM and Restylane®: These fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body and that makes the skin look plump and youthful. They can be used to treat wrinkles and volume loss in the nasolabial folds (the lines running from the nose to the corners of the mouth), under the eyes, and the lips. The results can last up to 6 to 12 months and can be reversed if patients are unhappy.
  • RADIESSE®: This calcium hydroxylapatite filler is also good for treating the nasolabial folds, and it can be used in the hands and to restore volume to the cheeks, as well. The filler actually stimulates natural collagen production. RADIESSE results can last up to a year or a year and a half, but the results cannot be reversed.
  • Sculptra® Aesthetic: This filler is made from poly-L-lactic acid, which stimulates collagen production. It is used to restore volume to the cheeks and treat chin “marionette” lines. It requires 3 injections over the course of a few months, and results develop over time. The results can last up to 2 years, but they are not reversible.

This very basic guide can get patients started in figuring out what treatment might work for them. The next step is scheduling a complimentary consultation with a qualified and licensed injector. A medical professional can recommend treatments that fit each patient’s needs and goals.

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