Two decades ago, if you wanted to get rid of wrinkles and sagging skin, you’re main
options would have been bovine collagen injections (derived from cows), and/or a facelift. Not so today, thanks to cosmetic dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can reduce facial wrinkles such as marionette lines (creases from the lips to the chin), deep nasolabial folds (laugh lines), plump thin lips, lift sagging cheeks, sculpt and create better facials contours and more. The best news? Dermal fillers are nonsurgical, require minimal downtime and offer immediate results.
The Popularity of Dermal Fillers Is On The Rise
Procedures using fillers have seen a 110% increase in the last 3 years, according to the American Academy of Plastic Surgery. Botox®–which is not a dermal filler but a neurotoxic protein (botulinum toxin) used to treat nonstatic wrinkles such as crow’s feet, forehead lines and worry lines (brow furrow)–has seen a 115% increase in the last 3 years. (Other botulinum toxin products–Dysport and Xeomin, for instance, work similarly to Botox.). At Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center in Westchester, NY, we offer an array of dermal fillers and botulinum toxin products.
Dermal Filler Basics
The first FDA-approved non-animal based hyaluronic acid filler products came on the US market in 1996. Most dermal fillers, including Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Juvederm, Belotero and Expression are comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps regulate and maintain moisture in the skin. By using dermal fillers, you can replace the HA you’ve lost due to the naturally aging process. Once injected, dermal fillers instantly plump the skin and smooth the lines and wrinkles on the face. Typically, dermal fillers at our Westchester medical spa last anywhere from 6-18 months.
Modern-day dermal fillers are regarded as superior to the bovine collagen injections of yesterday, since these HA products achieve much better results. Because the body already produces hyaluronic acid naturally, HA-based dermal fillers rarely cause allergic reactions, thus resulting in a smoother, more natural appearance. Plus, HA fillers actually promote your body’s own natural collagen production. By using them regularly, you can help slow the aging process!
Popular Dermal Fillers
By now you’ve probably heard about some of the more popular fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm. But what about some of the newer fillers like Expression or Belotero? How do these products differ? To help clarify, here’s a rundown on some of the most popular dermal fillers:
Restylane®– The first FDA-approved dermal filler on the market, Restylane is composed of hyaluronic acid. Restylane restores a youthful appearance to contour areas such as nasolabial folds (smile lines) and marionette lines. Restylane is also used to plump lips and to diminish wrinkles under the eyes.
Juvéderm® – Also comprised of HA, Juvederm is a smooth gel filler that painlessly eases under the skin to instantly smooth out “parentheses lines” (also called nasolabial folds, laugh lines, smile lines) on the side of your nose and mouth. Juvederm may also be used to enhance lip volume and correct smoker’s lines. Note: Juvederm and Restylane are often used interchangeably.
Radiesse® – FDA-approved Radiesse is a dermal filler that is an ideal choice for total facial contouring. It can restore a healthy, youthful appearance, enhance your existing features, and help you defy age and gravity. Also an HA product, Radiesse is an excellent choice for enhancing sunken cheeks and aging hands.
Perlane® – HA-based Perlane is used to fill in deep facial lines such as prominent nasolabial folds, sunken cheeks, etc.–all changes that have resulted as a part of the aging process. This excellent filler is also used to augment the shape of the chin.
Belotero® – One of the latest HA dermal fillers on the market, Belotero is designed to integrate into your skin’s tissue discretely enhancing your facial contours to provide subtle and even results. Belotero is a great choice for even the finest facial lines including vertical lip lines, marionette lines and chin wrinkle. Because of its consistency, Belotero is also an excellent choice for minimizing wrinkles under the eyes.
Expression® – Created by Enhancement Medical, Expression is one of the hottest new HA fillers on the market. Expression was created by some of the original creators of the injectable, Radiesse, which has been used as a dermal filler for many years. Expression is quite versatile. It can be used for more shallow injection areas and finer lines (such as under the eyes), as well as for correcting deeper facials folds, plumping lips and lifting cheeks.
You’re probably wondering: Now that I’ve had a brief course on fillers, how do I know what filler (or fillers) is right for me?
Because every filler has a slightly difference consistency, it’s important you choose an experienced physician who can customize a treatment that’s right for you. It is also important that you choose a doctor who has an excellent sense of facial aesthetics so he or she can bring out your most beautiful appearance.
At Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center in Bedford Hills, NY (near Katonah, Armonk, Chappaqua, Ridgefield, etc.), our dermal filler procedures are carried out by the truly gifted expert Westchester physician, Marc Epstein, MD.