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Understanding Dermal Fillers

Posted by Chad Deal on Aug 29, 2013 3:31:00 PM

Juvederm Restylane Fillers are one of the most commonly used procedures in cosmetic surgery to eliminate visible signs of aging with immediate results. At Southern Surgical Arts, we offer a variety of minimally invasive fillers that can help enhance volume in the face and mask the appearance of wrinkles. The three most popular fillers are Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse.

This filler is a gel made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in your skin that aids hydration and adds volume. Juvederm is injected into the skin using a fine needle. The results are instantaneous and lasts up to one year. Juvederm is approved by the U.S. FDA and is proven to be safe for all skin types. The natural look and feel of Juvederm makes it extremely popular.

Restylane is another cosmetic dermal filler that helps to add fullness and volume to the skin. This filler can eliminate moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. It also can be used in your lips to give them a fuller and more youthful appearance. While Restylane is also a form of hyaluronic acid, it does not contain any animal protein. As a result, this reduces the chances of allergic reaction to the filler and also reduces the possibility of transmission of animal-based diseases. The results of Restylane also are noticeable immediately and they last for about 6 months.

Radiesse is a dermal filler made up of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that are suspended in an aqueous gel. Radiesse is known to stimulate production of collagen in your skin and over a period of time, the aqueous gel gets absorbed by your body. Radiesse gives instant results by adding volume to your face, but the other benefit is stimulating your body to produce collagen that helps to maintain the youthful appearance and elasticity of the skin. Radiesse is used for smile lines, marionette lines, corners of the mouth, chin wrinkles and pre-jowls. Typically, results last for about a year, but an vary from person to person.

Difference between Juvederm and Restylane
One of the most common question we answer is related to the difference between Juvederm and Restylane, as both are hyaluronic acid based. The hyaluronic acid that is present in Juvederm is a cross linked hyaluronic acid. This form of the acid tends to last longer compared to the acid form in Restylane. Juvederm tends to work better on deeper folds compared to Restylane, but both are hypoallergenic and help to draw water to the treated area to give it a fuller and more voluminous appearance.

Juvederm or Restylane can be reversed by using a substance known as hyaluronidase. However, this is a rare request as most of our patients are extremely satisfied with the results that last for up to 6 months.

Uses of Dermal Fillers
Wrinkles and fine lines are a natural part of the aging process, but can also appear due to sun damage. The good news is that you do not have to live with these signs of aging. You can restore your youthful appearance by getting dermal fillers.

These FDA-approved fillers can be used to treat the following:

  • Smile lines, also known as nasolabial folds
  • Lines present between eyebrows, also known as the eleven lines
  • Fuller lips
  • Volume to sunken cheeks
  • Correction of other facial folds and wrinkles

All dermal fillers are temporary, and you will need to repeat the treatment after a period of approximately six to 12 months if you want to maintain your youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are a popular option for patients because of the immediate results and quick recovery. Most patients return to your daily lives within minutes of their treatment.

Now that you have the basic understanding of the different dermal fillers used at Southern Surgical Arts, you can visit Dr. Carey Nease or Dr. Chad Deal any time to find out which of these fillers are right for you.


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