What’s the Difference between All These Dermal Fillers?

What’s the Difference between Dermal Fillers? | Refined Dermatology

What’s the Difference between All These Dermal Fillers?

There are so many dermal fillers available, it can feel overwhelming to undertake a DIY investigation to find the right one for you. That’s why Refined MD has done all the work for you and only offers the best dermal fillers in Los Gatos. The only way to determine the right dermal filler (or fillers) for your goals is by scheduling a complimentary consultation with our team. We’ll discuss what you’d like to achieve and explain the differences in dermal fillers, including how long they last and how combining dermal fillers might be the best approach.

What Are Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are sometimes known as facial fillers and can perform all kinds of magic like enhancing cheekbones, getting rid of under-eye circles, plumping and re-shaping the lips, and much more. Ultimately, dermal fillers help you look younger, better rested, and overall rejuvenated. It takes less than one hour for most dermal filler appointments, and there’s no downtime. Results are immediate, though there may be some very minor swelling for a couple of days after the treatment.

All dermal fillers are temporary, though different ones can last different amounts of time. Some are designed to fade after six months, while others can last for up to a year. How long you want the dermal filler in San Jose to last is part of the selection process and will be further discussed during your consult.

Narrowing Down Your Dermal Filler Options

Juvederm is one of the most well-known collection of dermal fillers available. There’s a wide range of options within the Juvederm family, like Juvederm Voluma XC that enhances cheekbones that naturally lose volume with age. This dermal filler can also help fill in medium to deep nasolabial folds that run from the nose to mouth as well as the “marionette lines” from the mouth to the chin. There’s Juvederm Ultra XC and Volbella XC to plump the lips, and Volbella XC can also be used to reduce the appearance of vertical lip lines. All Juvederm dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid (HA), which naturally occurs in the body to provide volume, elasticity, and moisture. A loss of HA is partially what causes lines and wrinkles as we age. Important to note is that Juvederm can last 6 – 18 months.

Restylane also boasts a myriad of products. The original Restylane does a fantastic job of smoothing folds and wrinkles, and can also be used to reshape and volumize the lips. Restylane Lyft (which used to be known as Perlane-L) is a thicker option designed to treat severe folds like the ones in the nasolabial area. It can also increase cheek volume, and can even be used in the back of the hands to hide veins that become visible with age. Restylane Silk was created exclusively for the lips and features smaller particles than any other product in the line. Restylane also uses HA and results can last up to 18 months depending on the injection site.

Discover More Dermal Fillers in Los Gatos

Sculptra Aesthetic was first used to treat HIV patients who had lost facial fat—but now it’s a leading cosmetic choice for anyone looking to fill in the sunken areas of the face. Sculptra Aesthetic can minimize facial lines and folds, but is not used in the lips or near the eyes. Instead of HA, Sculptra uses poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is a synthetic material that encourages the body to create new collagen. Since Sculptra works a little differently, clients require numerous treatments scheduled 4 – 6 weeks apart. However, Sculptra lasts the longest at up to two years.

Radiesse is a dermal filler designed to treat moderate to severe creases in the face, including those found near the nasolabial folds. You can also use it to help contour the face and increase cheek volume. Radiesse isn’t for the lips though, and instead of HA or PLLA, it’s made of hydroxyapatite, a mineral that’s naturally found in your bones and teeth. However, as a dermal filler, the material is placed in a thick gel so that it rejuvenates lost facial volume. Slowly, the gel becomes absorbed by the body and is replaced by collagen. Radiesse can last over one year and requires fewer touchups than other dermal fillers.

Learn more about the dermal fillers in San Jose and schedule your complimentary consultation with Refined MD today by calling (408) 688-2082.



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