Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Belotero® (Hyaluronic Acid) Fillers
Dermal fillers treat wrinkles on the face. They’re primarily used to treat smile lines, though the fillers can also be used to plump up the lips or cheeks.
Dermal fillers come in different forms, and like Botox®, they’re injectable. Some are temporary and used primarily for soft tissues in the face along the smile lines.
Dermal fillers are also considered effective, and the results last longer than results from Botox® overall. Still, results differ depending on the exact type of filler you choose. Like Botox® you’ll need maintenance treatments once the fillers wear off.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a glycosaminoglycan which is a long unbranched chain of repeating sugar units. They are highly polar and attract water. They are therefore useful to the body as a lubricant or shock absorber. HA is distributed widely throughout the connective tissue, epithelial, and neural tissues. HA is also a major component of skin, where it is involved in tissue repair. HA is a common ingredient in skin-care products like Juvéderm®, a dermal filler. When HA gel is injected, it acts to support facial structures and tissue that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. It also draws water to the skin surface to keep it looking soft and youthful.
Juvéderm® is injected using fine needles to sculpt the face by creating a lifting effect while softening prominent creases like the nasolabial folds.