Fillers: Restylane, Radiesse, or Juvederm
Injectable fillers have become very popular in recent
years as betters fillers have become available. Dr. Allcroft uses Juvéderm,
Restylane, and Radiesse.
Both Juvéderm and Restylane are clear gels that contain
hyaluronic acid which is a sugar that occurs naturally in our skin.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers injected into areas to smooth out
wrinkles and grooves are also very useful for augmenting lips to
give a full youthful appearance. HA fillers typically last for 6-12
months. There are larger molecule forms of Juvéderm and Restylane
that will last a year for most patients.
HA fillers are unique in that they can be dissolved with an injection
of an enzyme (hyaluronidase). Although this is not needed frequently,
it is a valuable feature that helps make HA fillers ideal for many
Radiesse is a filler composed of calcium hydroxylapatite. It comes
as a white paste. It is useful for filling in deeper grooves or for
creating volume such as over the cheek bones or in hollows underneath
the cheek bones. It typically lasts for about ten months. It is not
useful for use more superficially in the skin such as the HA fillers.
To know what filler might be the best for you, it is useful to
schedule a consultation with Dr. Allcroft, who can assess your
needs and counsel you as to what approach would be best.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is a product that helps restore volume
in areas of the face. It is useful at restoring areas of fat loss
such as the cheek hollows, grooves that develop in front of the jowl
area. It is also used in broad application across the face from jawline
to cheeks and temples.
Sculptra® is made of poly-L-lactic acid. This is an absorbable
product which is gone over a six-month period. However, it stimulates
the patient’s own collagen formation so the results last for
several years. Sculptra® is placed through a small needle. It
is not unusual for patients to have two or three treatments to gain
the desired degree of improvement.