Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Injectable fillers can be used for a variety of cosmetic procedures, like reducing wrinkles and plumping sunken features. In fact, these procedures are sometimes called liquid facelifts. Some fillers are referred to by brand name, some by their generic name, and sometimes their uses overlap, so it can be a challenge keeping track of all your options for cosmetic procedures. Here’s a quick guide to some of the best known injectables and their uses.
Botox is the brand name of a product made from a neurotoxin, Clostridium botulinum. It smoothes skin by paralyzing tiny muscles whose contractions cause wrinkles. It is most commonly applied to reduce wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. Dysport is now available as a Botox alternative and has very similar properties and benefits.
Radiesse is a brand name for Calcium Hydoxylapatite (CaHA). It can reduce wrinkles and skin folds around the mouth and nose and also fill some scars. Particles of CaHA are suspended in a water solution, which is injected into the treatment area.
Restylane and Juvederm are the brand names of two popular Hyaluronic-acid based fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring carbohydrate found in human tissue. Juvederm and Restylane injections are used to reduce nasolabial folds, frown lines, and crows feet. (Do you want to refer to their use to fill both aging lips and to give women fuller lips?)
Sculptra is the brand name for Synthetic Poly-L-lactic acid. A biocompatible acid culled from natural sources, it is used to plump skin by stimulating a patient’s own collagen rather than filling winkles. Skin folds, indented chin, hollow cheeks and sunken eyes are areas where it is commonly used.
Fat transfer is another injectable filler procedure. Fat is taken from one part of the body and used for filler, typically in the same locations that collagen fillers are injected. A variety of harvesting methods are used.
The filler deemed best for you by a cosmetic plastic surgeon is selected based on a variety of criteria, including time, costs, the individual’s condition, and the judgment and practices of the cosmetic surgeon. With the exception of fat transfer, which requires no FDA approval, all of these fillers are FDA approved for cosmetic use, and our clients in northern New Jersey have been very pleased with the results of Juvederm, Restylane, Botox and other injectable fillers. We’ll blog more about these products and treatments in the future.