Filling in the Lines- Which Injectable Filler is Best for You?

There’s literally a fine line between having an older fatigued appearance and a youthful rejuvenated appearance. Fine lines and wrinkles are all part of the aging process but that doesn’t mean we have to surrender to them willingly. Sometimes all we need are a few subtle enhancements to revive or retain a youthful, refreshed appearance. Non-surgical, minimally invasive procedures are the way to go when fighting the war against wrinkles and fine lines. It is important to be educated about which filler is best for you and the area in which you wish to target. With a variety of injectable fillers to choose from Dr. Kaplan uses his professional expertise to reverse the signs of aging all while obtaining a smooth and natural look. Here is the breakdown:

Belotero Balance is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler designed to treat superficial lines and moderate to severe wrinkles on the face. It is very natural looking and adds subtle volume and plumpness to facial tissue with little to no downtime. Since the gel is softer than most other products on the market, it integrates into facial skin more easily and adapts well to facial contours. Patients treated with Belotero® have stated that they see immediate results with reduction and softening of wrinkles but the results are more natural and subtle when compared with other hyaluronic acid fillers.

Uses:  BELOTERO BALANCE yields a soft and cohesive gel that, once injected, instantly fills the skin to help smooth moderate-to-severe etched-in lines and wrinkles.4,5 While the product is versatile enough to handle moderate nasolabial folds (smile lines around the mouth), it may be an ideal option for treating delicate areas such as etched-in smile lines and vertical lip lines (thin lines that appear above and around the lips).

Restylane can be used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth.

Uses: Restylane is used to improve moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. It can also be used to enhance the lips. Also, under eye filler to reverse tired appearance.

Juvéderm is the first smooth consistency gel formulation and only hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved by the FDA to last up to one year from initial treatment. Injectable gel is injected into areas of the facial tissues to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, temporarily adding volume to the skin. Most common areas that Juvéderm provides smooth long lasting corrections are in hollow places on one’s face such as around the nose and mouth as well as scars and is used as fillers for lip augmentations.

Uses: Juvederm Ultra is good for fine lines and not so deep wrinkles of the face. It’s also good for adding volume to facial tissue. More so than its heavier/thicker counterpart, Juverderm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Ultra can be used closer to the surface of the skin. Additionally, since Juvederm Ultra is the lighter of the Juvederm versions, it is good for areas with thinner skin, such as the area under the eye. Also, under eye filler to reverse tired appearance.

Radiesse is an injectable filler that not only provides immediate volume to your skin to diminish the signs of aging, but it stimulates the production of your own collagen to grow. As time passes, the gel is absorbed and the body metabolizes the CaHA microspheres leaving behind only your own natural collagen. The results are proven to last up to a year.

Uses: Radiesse is used for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the nasolabial folds. It can also be used to plump up cheek bones. It is not used in the lips.

For more information on the cosmetic services and procedures offered please schedule a consultation with The Kaplan Center today.