There are many fillers on the market today. Each and every one is different and unique in its own right. Each filler works differently in different areas of the face. Let's take a look at some of the big differences we consider when choosing a filler.
The first group of fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid. Juvederm and Restylane are examples of this type of filler. These fillers are very compatible with the human body. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our bodies, especially in and around our joints and soft connective tissues. When this filler is injected, it lifts & cushions areas of the face that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. It is great for reducing fine wrinkling, under-eye puffiness, and loss of volume all over the face. It also brings water to the surface of skin to keep it looking fresh and supple. One distinct advantage of a filler like Restylane, is that it is easily dissolved if too much is injected, the result is lumpy, or the patient does not like the outcome.
Radiesse is another type of filler frequently used by plastic surgeons. Radiesse works by providing structure and actually stimulating your own natural collagen to grow beneath the skin's surface. Even as the Radiesse gradually dissolves over the next year, it leaves behind the new collagen, which is what we all need to maintain plump, youthful skin.
All of these fillers work immediately, giving the patient instant gratification. Reactions vary from person to person, but one could typically expect some swelling and perhaps bruising at the injection sites. Dr. Raval utilizes a special formula for injecting fillers. He adds lidocaine and epinephrine, which helps reduce swelling and makes the injections more comfortable since it numbs as he continues injecting the filler. It also thins out the filler, allowing for a more even & smooth result.