Choosing the right dermal filler for your non-surgical cosmetic improvements is a significant decision. Before you make your choice, you need to consider several factors. Your ideal cosmetic changes and unique skin concerns will influence which dermal filler is right for you, as each one addresses different problems.
Different fillers are composed of distinct substances that provide specific skin benefits which may or may not suit your needs. In addition, each type of dermal filler lasts for a particular amount of time after treatment, sometimes requiring repeated sessions. After considering all of these individual factors, you will have an easier time choosing what dermal filler is right for you with the help of our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Michael Somenek and Dr. Troy Pittman.
Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Dermal Filler
Different fillers contain different substances, depending on what they are to be used for. When considering dermal fillers, it is vital to decide what kind of cosmetic changes you are looking to achieve. You have the option of reducing facial wrinkles and/or augmenting your facial features.
Beyond specific cosmetic goals, each filler’s effects last for a different amount of time after treatment. Some options may provide cosmetic results for a few months after treatment, while others could last for several years. If the idea of repeating treatments every several months is unappealing, longer-lasting dermal filler options may be the right choice.
Types of Dermal Filler Injections
To determine which dermal filler will meet your specific needs, you will want to learn more about its chemical composition, degree of softness, and longevity.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
This filler reduces skin depressions due to scars, wrinkles, and injuries, and enhances the contours of the target area. These injections are good for acne and burn scars, deep and superficial facial wrinkles, and undefined lip borders.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural product within the body that plays a role in maintaining the skin’s hydration. The results of this treatment last between six and 12 months. Common brand names for hyaluronic acid fillers include Juvederm and Restylane.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers
Composed of a chemical found naturally within the bones, this type of dermal filler treats moderate to severe frown lines and throughout the face. Additionally, it can increase the cheeks’ volume, facial contours, and other areas that lost definition due to facial volume loss.
Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers rarely produce side-effects. Results typically last between 12 and 18 months. Radiesse is a common example and can be used for wrinkles in the face or for hand rejuvenation.
Polylactic Acid Fillers
Polylactic acid fillers are synthetic substances that stimulate natural collagen production for long-term skin improvement once it is injected into the face. This option is effective for the lower half of the face by stimulating the body’s natural ability to stimulate collagen. Results of polylactic acid fillers could last up to two years after treatment and Sculptra is a popular example of it.
Polymethyl-methacrylate Microspheres (PMMA)
A semi-permanent option, this type of filler treats moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds while stimulating collagen production. It may also augment the lips and reduce scar depressions. The results of a PMMA treatment could last for five years after initial injections. Bellafill is a common brand of PMMA.
The Right Dermal Filler for You Depends on Your Cosmetic Goals
The question of which dermal filler is right for you depends on several factors that need consideration. The longevity of results, the types of cosmetic changes, and the composition of each treatment will be different depending on which one you choose. Doctors Somenek and Pittman can offer advice on the pros and cons of each, and work with you to formulate a personalized treatment plan. Call us today to learn more about the possibilities that await you.