We all want to look as good as possible as we age, and there are more options available than ever before to help us in doing that. Dermal fillers are a very popular, accessible option for most people because they require no downtime. But how do you know which filler would be a good option for you?
The most common type of dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid-based. Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella are all hyaluronic acids which have varying consistencies to address different needs. From a honey-like consistency for fine lines to a thicker, more gel-like firmness for mimicking bone structure or providing a lift to the face, these fillers can help give your skin a fresher, healthier, and younger look. Produced naturally in the body, hyaluronic acid is found in our joints, skin, and eyes. A significant advantage to using this kind of filler is that it is reversible. It can be removed or added to as desired to achieve the client’s goals.
These dermal fillers are specially designed to add volume to different areas of the face. Want to plump your lips, smooth out lines and wrinkles around your mouth, or lift your cheeks? Because the names are similar, understanding their different uses can be confusing. To put it simply, the original Juvéderm fillers (like Juvederm XC and Juvederm Ultra) and the newer Juvederm fillers (Volbella, Voluma, and Vollure) are formulated to be most effective in treating specific areas. Of course, there are also overlaps in what each dermal filler can treat. Because of the flexibility of treatment between different injectables, it’s important that your injections be administered by an experienced and knowledgeable technician.
Juvéderm Voluma lifts the cheek area and restores youthful contours to the face by targeting midface volume loss. Voluma® is injected deep into the facial tissue, and its thick gel formula helps give structure to correct facial sagging, sunken cheeks, and other signs of aging related to volume loss. Results can last up to two years.
Juvéderm Volbella plumps the lips and fills in vertical lines around the mouth for smooth, full lips. The Volbella® formula is a soft, silky gel that’s a bit thinner and more spreadable, making it ideal for providing subtle volume and definition to the lips. It also contains Lidocaine, an anesthetic that helps minimize discomfort during treatment in the sensitive lip area. Results from a Juvéderm Volbella® treatment will last up to a year.
Juvéderm Vollure refreshes the lower section of the face by correcting facial wrinkles and folds found in the nasolabial area, commonly known as “laugh lines” or “smile lines.” Adding volume to the lines and folds in the lower half of the face can make a dramatic difference in your appearance and make you look years younger. Vollure® results last up to 18 months.
Radiesse is made from calcium microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. Thicker than many other fillers, its consistency makes it especially good at adding volume to deeper wrinkles and folds. Radiesse is an injectable filler used most often to fill in wrinkled areas surrounding the nose and mouth. The results are immediate, but continue to improve over time. As your body breaks down the gel, the microspheres stimulate collagen in the area, with results lasting up to a year. Some people would like to fill in wrinkled areas in their hands and Radiesse is the only filler that is FDA-approved for treating age-related volume loss for the tops of the hands.
After a Radiesse treatment, you’ll be able to return to your normal routine immediately, but you should avoid strenuous exercise or other activities. Your skin may be especially sensitive to sunlight, avoiding direct sun exposure and heat for at least 24 hours or until your redness and swelling have gone down is advised. Swelling should not be severe and should dissipate within 36 hours. You will likely experience some bruising and discomfort, which you can be treated with over-the-counter medicines.
Ideally, candidates for Radiesse treatments are adults between the ages of 35 and 60 with deep folds and wrinkles around their mouth and nose. Candidates who want the skin on their hands plumped are also a good fit for this treatment.
Injections are administered under the skin with a tiny needle. The ingredients in Radiesse are nontoxic, non-allergenic, and compatible with your body’s natural tissues. However, if you have a history of allergic reactions or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Radiesse, you should avoid this procedure. You should also avoid Radiesse if you’re allergic to lidocaine or similar medications. People with bleeding disorders — or anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding — shouldn’t use Radiesse. People with a history of herpes might have an outbreak following the procedure.
People who reported side effects from Radiesse injections in the face most often experienced: swelling, itching, pain, bruising, and/or redness. People who receive Radiesse injections in their hands have reported side effects such as: itching, pain, difficulty with normal movement, sensation loss, redness, swelling, bruising, itching, and/or lumps and nodules. You should not receive Radiesse injections if you have an active skin infection. (All injection procedures carry the risk of infection.) Also, receiving injections carries a risk of accidentally receiving Radiesse in a blood vessel rather than the connective tissue. Possible complications could be permanent and include: scabbing (temporary), scarring (permanent), stroke, paleness or a white tinge to the affected skin, abnormal vision, blindness, and/or severe pain. In rare cases, nodules could form beneath the skin which may require corticosteroid or surgical treatment. You should bring any symptoms that appear to be unusual to your doctor’s immediate attention.
While long-lasting, the results of a Radiesse treatment are not permanent and will need to be repeated to maintain the results. For many, a treatment will last up to a year. For some people, treatments will only be required every two years. Call Azure Med Spa for more information and to make an appointment: 972-294-6992.