Facial Fillers & Injectables
What Are Facial Fillers and Injectables?
There is a lot of confusion about the different injectables on the market and exactly how they should be used. The information below should help you to understand the difference between Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport® as compared to dermal fillers such as Radiesse®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Restylane® Lyft.
A facial filler or dermal filler is used to instantly fill and plump the skin making it smooth and wrinkle free. While the results are not permanent, they are among the most significant of treatments to regain a youthful appearance without having to undergo surgery.
Fillers are most commonly used to add volume in around the mouth area, the lines that run straight downwards from the corners of the mouth often referred to as marionette lines. Dr. Bunin also recommends fillers for facial contouring as indicated in the illustration to the left.
Botox® Cosmetic & Dysport® Injectables
These two products do essentially the same thing. They temporarily paralyze the muscles that cause wrinkles due to repetitive motion. They are generally used around the eye are to temporarily eliminate crow’s feet, between the eyes for frown lines, and for forehead lines and wrinkles.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is also considered a long-term filler but works by a slightly different mechanism. Sculptra® Aesthetic consists of ploy-L-lactic acid which stimulates the production of collagen. Effects are not seen immediately as in the other dermal fillers but will increase with time and will have longer lasting results.