December 9, 2021

What Dermal Fillers Are Right for Me?

Dermal injectables are a minimally invasive, highly effective cosmetic treatments that benefit both men and woman 18 years of age and older. From liquid rhinoplasty to wrinkle reduction, dermal fillers can help address a wide range of skin issues and cosmetic concerns.

If you are wondering which dermal fillers are right for you, our knowledgeable treatment team will provide the guidance you need. There are many injectables to choose from, and we understand the decision-making process can be overwhelming. Our talented medical professionals are familiar with the many types of fillers and their ideal uses. Whether you want to rejuvenate hollow cheeks, smooth deep lines, or plump and shape your lips, we will suggest the appropriate filler that works best for you.

The Different Types of Dermal Injectables Explained

There are several FDA-approved fillers that differ based on their primary ingredient and mechanisms of action. Pharmaceutical manufacturers create these treatments, each with unique formulas, to address unique and specialized concerns. Therefore, understanding what makes each injectable different is an important part of deciding which one to choose.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural substance that resides within many different kinds of body tissue. It works to keep skin plump and hydrated. When used as a dermal filler, HA attracts water into the skin which rejuvenates the appearance for 12-24 months depending on the type of HA filler. Most brands that use Hyaluronic acid in their treatments will also include lidocaine in the filler to improve patient comfort during injections. Common examples of HA filler include Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and the RHA® Collection of fillers.

Calcium Hydroxyapatite Injectables

Calcium Hydroxyapatite is also naturally occurring in the body – primarily in bones. Dermal fillers that use this chemical usually contain microscopic calcium particles suspended in an aqueous gel. The gel is usually thicker than Hyaluronic acid, which means that these injections typically last longer. The calcium microparticles also work to stimulate collagen production. Radiesse® is a widespread example of a brand that uses Calcium Hydroxyapatite in its products.

Poly-L-lactic Acid Injections

Poly-L-lactic Acid is a highly biocompatible synthetic substance that our bodies can easily break down. It has been used in dissolvable stitches and various medicines for many years, and it has a safe track record. The filler itself breaks down rather quickly, but it stimulates collagen production that can over two years. Sculptra Aesthetic® is a widely known filler that uses Poly-L-lactic Acid as it’s active ingredient.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Fillers

Meanwhile, Polymethylmethacrylate is another biocompatible synthetic filler. However, the body does not work to breakdown this chemical. Instead, the gel remains in a patient’s system indefinitely, producing long-term results. The medical industry has used this product safely for decades. Bellafill® contains PMMA as its primary ingredient.

Choosing the Ideal Filler for your Situation

As the demand for dermal fillers has grown, the cosmetic industry has responded with multiple brands that offer various distinct formulas. Each unique composition has its nuances, from differing longevity to varying softness. One brand’s less intense formula might be just right for marionette lines, while another corporation’s chemical composition may yield better results for chin augmentation. The right dermal filler for you generally just depends on your end goal.

If you suffer from more severe cosmetic changes, deep wrinkles, or concerns, you might benefit from seeking out an injectable that offers incredibly long-lasting results. Meanwhile, if you are looking to make more minor enhancements, hyaluronic acid fillers or a similar injectable might be the right choice for you. Thankfully, you do not have to make this decision on your own. Dr. Steele and Jennifer Geyer will assess your situation and provide advice tailored to your situation.

Call Today to Find out What Dermal Fillers are Right for You

With so many different dermal fillers available today, consumers have more options than ever before. Fortunately, if you want to analyze your options, our experienced team can listen to your concerns and help you get started on treatment. Reach out to our office today to speak with a team member and schedule your initial appointment.