There is a multitude of different types of facial fillers on the market: Juvederm vs. Radiesse, Restalyne, Belotero, Sculptra, Voluma, etc - and there are always new fillers getting FDA approval-- it's hard to keep them all straight! The good news is that regardless of name or manufacturer, there are similarities between these dermal fillers and they can be broken up into categories by substance or by what indications they are used for.
There is also the confusion of Botox vs. Fillers - read the blog for more info on this topic!
Types of Fillers
Hyaluronic Acid - Juvederm
The most common type of dermal fillers
Calcium Hydroxyapatite - Radiesse
Radiesse is an opaque, thicker substance that is made from calcium microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. As your body breaks down the gel, the microspheres stimulate collagen in the area, with results lasting up to a year. Radiesse is also the only filler that is FDA approved for treating age-related volume loss for the tops of the hands.
Poly-L-Lactic Acid - Sculptra
Sculptra is made from the same ingredient as dissolvable stitches and builds up your own collagen that can last up to two years. Several treatments are required in the first few months of receiving Sculptra, and the results are not immediate. It often takes several months after the initial injections to start seeing a difference, but it is one of the longest lasting injectable fillers on the market.
Which filler do I choose?
We often tell patients that all of these different fillers are like painter’s brushes or makeup brushes- there is no single one that is suitable for every application. Breaking it down by area, these are the fillers that are used most often:
- Temples - Voluma or Sculptra
- Cheeks - Voluma, Sculptra, Radiesse
- Under Eyes/Tear Troughs - Vollure, Volbella, Radiesse, Belotero
- Nasolabial Folds - Juvederm, Radiesse, Vollure, Restalyne
- Marionette Lines - Juvederm, Radiesse, Vollure, Restalyne
- Lip Lines - Volbella, Belotero
- Lips - Juvederm, Restalyne, Vollure, Volbella, Belotero
- Jowls/ Prejowl Sulcus - Voluma, Sculptra, Radiesse, Vollure
- Chin - Voluma, Sculptra, Radiesse
Let your injection esthetician help you make this decision. Book a facial fillers consultation at Denver Laser Solutions today.