Starting to notice the early signs of deeper wrinkles and creases on your face, such as nasolabial folds next to your nose and the mouth? Dermal fillers are many Los Angeles area patients’ preferred treatment option to address these signs of aging. The soft, gel-like fillers volumize and lift skin to give it a smoother texture.
The next question you might be asking yourself is what type will work best on the specific kinds of wrinkles you have. The world of facial fillers can seem confusing—and maybe even a little overwhelming at first—due to the number of options available. It’s important to note that not all fillers are made the same. Each of the popular brands is formulated in a unique way and has its own, unique uses. Some of the most well-known fillers, like JUVEDERM®—for which Dr. Derek Jones served as Principal or Lead Investigator in multiple clinical trials that led to FDA approvals—are also part of a larger collection, and each subtype has different applications. To simplify things, we can start by dividing fillers into two main categories: hyaluronic acid fillers and biostimulating fillers.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Your skin retains a supple, dewy appearance when it’s young and healthy because it contains significant hyaluronic acid. This is a substance that maintains skin hydration by absorbing and retaining large amounts of water. Many fillers, including JUVEDERM®, Restylane®, and BELOTERO® are made with hyaluronic acid as their base.
These are ideal fillers for people who are trying volumizing injectables for the first time, as the results are temporary and eventually metabolized by the body. If you don’t like the way your face or lips look after getting hyaluronic acid filler injections, you can have the results reversed by your injector, who will use a special formula that dissolves the gel. Most patients start off using hyaluronic acid fillers.
Collagen is another key ingredient in your skin that helps it maintain its strength and elasticity. Biostimulating fillers like RADIESSE®, which is filled with calcium hydroxyapatite gel microspheres, not only give the skin a plumper appearance right away, but they also continue to promote the skin’s own production of collagen to gradually improve its structure and appearance. The results from biostimulating fillers last longer and are better for adding definition to contours or addressing pronounced facial volume loss due to the increase in collagen production.
If you’re new to dermal fillers, our dermatologists at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills can provide tips for optimizing your results and answer any of your questions. Fill out a contact form online, or give us a call at 310-246-0495 to start planning your treatment.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.