Dermal fillers can be suitable for many aesthetic concerns from smoothing out wrinkles to enhancing facial contours. Their ability to deliver immediate results while being non-invasive can make them a common choice for cosmetic enhancement. Many people who are interested in dermal fillers also want to know more about the substances that are used in these injectables.
At Chetco Medical and Aesthetics in Brookings, OR, we recognize the importance of being informed about the treatments you consider. We’ll shed a little more light on what the different types of dermal fillers are made of, offering you a clearer understanding of the products we use.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable substances designed to restore volume, soften creases, and enhance facial features with temporary results. They consist of various biocompatible materials, each tailored to address specific areas and concerns within the facial anatomy. Unlike more invasive cosmetic interventions, these fillers offer a less intrusive method for individuals looking to refine their appearance.
How Dermal Fillers Can Work
The effectiveness of dermal fillers lies in their ability to integrate with the existing cellular tissues of the skin. Upon injection, many of these products can attract moisture to the treatment area or stimulate the body’s collagen production, depending on their composition.
What Can Dermal Fillers Treat?
Facial fillers are versatile in their application, addressing not just the signs of aging but also enhancing and defining facial features. They can soften the appearance of deep-set lines, restore fullness to hollow cheeks or thinning lips, and sculpt areas like the jawline for more pronounced definition.
Common Ingredients Found in Dermal Fillers
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin, known for its capacity to retain moisture. When used in dermal fillers, it rests beneath the surface of the skin, filling in lines and restoring volume where the skin’s collagen, fat pads, and natural hyaluronic acid have decreased. Its compatibility with the body’s own tissues makes it a widely used component in many dermal fillers.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
Calcium hydroxylapatite is used in certain fillers to foster a natural restructuring of the skin’s foundation. The dense consistency of this type of filler allows for immediate filling of deep folds and wrinkles while the CaHA plays a role in stimulating natural collagen production, aiding in the long-term improvement of skin texture and firmness.
Lidocaine is a local anesthetic commonly included in cosmetic fillers to improve the comfort of the injection experience. It works by temporarily numbing the treatment area, minimizing any discomfort associated with the filler injection process.
A Closer Look at Different Types of Fillers
Belotero Balance is a type of injectable filler that integrates seamlessly into the skin, featuring hyaluronic acid as its primary component. This filler is designed to conform to the individual contours of the facial features, effectively treating moderate to severe lines and wrinkles. Its distinctive properties allow it to blend into the natural structure of the skin, providing a smooth and subtle finish.
JUVÉDERM is a family of dermal fillers including cheek, jawline, and lip fillers. These gels are made primarily from hyaluronic acid and are unique in their cross-linking technology, which provides varying levels of lift and longevity based on the product chosen.
Radiesse stands out because of its unique approach. Composed of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a gel made with sodium carboxymethylcellulose, Radiesse not only smooths wrinkles instantly but also stimulates the body’s own collagen production over time.
Restylane is a family of products that includes cheek fillers, lip fillers, chin fillers, and more. It is also made with a base of hyaluronic acid. It’s known for its ability to mimic the body’s own hyaluronic acid, which diminishes with age. Restylane has a unique firm, granular texture which allows it to provide superior lift, volume, and precision to certain areas.
Revanesse Versa is among the newer types of fillers on the market, boasting a hyaluronic acid formulation optimized for homogeneity. This uniform, spherical particle size in Versa™ provides a more balanced distribution under the skin, which can lead to a more natural look. Versa™ is noted for its fine-tuned application, which can be particularly advantageous for subtle enhancements and touch-ups.
Cohesive Polydensified Matrix®
Cohesive Polydensified Matrix technology used in cosmetic fillers sets itself apart by creating a varied density within the gel, allowing for a smoother integration with the existing tissue. This innovative approach provides a natural, soft feel, while also ensuring longevity of the cosmetic results. With a balance between cohesiveness and flexibility, products with this technology can offer treatment for both deep wrinkles and fine lines.
Vycross technology in facial fillers involves a proprietary blend of high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, creating a tightly cross-linked gel. This configuration allows for a more robust and durable filler, providing more versatility.
NASHA technology is a hallmark in injectable fillers, focusing on delivering a robust gel texture for significant lifting capabilities. This technology is engineered to mimic the body’s natural hyaluronic acid, offering support for precise contouring and targeted projection. Its design is intended for areas requiring structure, providing an enduring, refined enhancement.
XpresHAn Technology revolutionizes dermal fillers with its emphasis on natural movement and expressiveness. The technology produces a supple gel that integrates effortlessly into the tissue, ensuring that facial expressions remain fluid and unaffected. Intended for dynamic areas of the face, this technology adapts to an array of facial movements, allowing for a natural-looking versatility in facial expressions.
Selecting the Right Filler for You
At Chetco Medical and Aesthetics in Brookings, OR, we offer a range of dermal fillers to meet your aesthetic goals. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please contact us or call us at (541) 204-6200. We’re here to guide you through your options for a refreshed and rejuvenated look.