Summary: There are many different types of injectables out there these days. The options are nice to have but it is important to identify which one is the right match for you. From Hyaluronic Acid Fillers, Synthetic Fillers, and Botox, this guideline will help you find the right choice.
Men and women across the country and around the world are discovering the beautiful possibilities open to them through injectable treatments. There are many popular treatments out there, including BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, and RADIESSE®. But which of these products is best for you? Check out our handy guide to help you demystify your options for injectable treatments.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Its demonstrated safety and effectiveness make hyaluronic acid the most popular ingredient in today’s injectable dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally occurs in the human body. It’s primarily associated with keeping tissues including skin soft, supple, and resilient. But with time, hyaluronic acid can break down and diminish. Although this process is a natural part of aging, it can be hastened by sun damage and other environmental factors, which is why people who spend a lot of time in the sun often have rougher, more uneven skin tone sooner than those who protect themselves. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful ingredient in topical anti-aging products and is even available as an oral supplement. As an injectable gel, it’s highly effective for treating several signs of aging. Some of the most popular hyaluronic acid fillers include:
- JUVÉDERM (including JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC)
- BELOTERO BALANCE®
Different brands of hyaluronic acid fillers are formulated in different ways, making these products incredibly versatile. They are typically used to treat the following:
- Nasolabial folds (lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth)
- Hollows beneath the eyes (“tear troughs”)
- Marionette lines (lines that descend from the corners of the mouth toward the chin)
- Vertical lip lines
- Certain scars
- Lost volume in the cheeks or beneath the eyes
- Thin or misshapen lips
Some doctors even use hyaluronic acid fillers to subtly and temporarily improve the shape of the nose, a procedure called a non-surgical or liquid rhinoplasty.
Synthetic wrinkle fillers use lab-created ingredients to achieve their intended results. Although these products often last longer than hyaluronic acid fillers, some people are sensitive to their ingredients. Synthetic fillers include:
- Sculptra® Aesthetic
Synthetic fillers are often used to treat more severe facial aging and other concerns, including:
- Deep wrinkles or folds around the nose and mouth
- Lost volume in the cheeks, beneath the eyes, in the temples, or along the jawline
- Certain scars
BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport®, and XEOMIN®
BOTOX and its lesser-known cohorts, Dysport and XEOMIN, are often thought of by many people as dermal fillers. But these injectables aren’t used to fill wrinkles at all and actually work in very different ways. All 3 products, which are approved by the FDA, use an ingredient called botulinum toxin type A to temporarily lessen the appearance of “dynamic” wrinkles — lines and folds caused by facial movement. These products are officially approved to treat crow’s feet and glabellar lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows), but many doctors in the U.S. and other parts of the world safely and effectively use them to treat other concerns. For example, Dr. Martin Braun administers BOTOX in his Vancouver practice to reduce the look of lip lines and irregular skin around the chin. Different doctors have different preferences for these products, and many mix and match to get the best results for a patient. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist today to find out the best options for your most pressing aesthetic concerns.