We often think that we prefer having multiple options in life. Do we want to live in the city or the country? Do we want steak or chicken for dinner? Even in the area of beauty, we have long enjoyed the potentiality created by various surgical and nonsurgical treatments. In recent years, though, it sometimes feels as though the wheels of evolution are moving too quickly. The selection of dermal fillers alone has expanded impressively in the past ten years.
This isn’t a bad thing in the least, but it can inhibit some people from seeking injectable treatment. When patients come to our Louisville office, they can expect us to conduct a thorough consultation to assess their needs and goals. Our evaluation of the skin and underlying tissue is compared with the improvements outlined in our consultation. From this, we can determine which products will achieve the best results. We hope that knowing this provides patients with a sense of ease around their dermal filler treatment. To shed light on the wide variety of dermal fillers out there, we briefly discuss the most common products here.
Juvéderm Ultra Plus & Vollure – Restylane® Refyne & Restylane Defyne
Dermal fillers are made from different manufacturers but may contain the same base ingredients. Restylane and Juvéderm are prime examples. Both of these brands are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Each, though, uses a proprietary technique of cross-linking to achieve unique smoothness and cohesiveness in various products. Cross-linking is the technique of stringing hyaluronic acid particles together so they are dissolved more slowly. Products like Juvéderm Vollure utilize additional techniques, such as Vycross technology, to refine the molecular weight of the filler. This translates into improved comfort and less swelling.
Juvéderm Voluma & Restylane® Lyft
Both made of hyaluronic acid and both designed for the correction of mid-facial volume loss, Voluma and Lyft are created with more cohesiveness. Their gel consistency is thicker because the intention is to reinstate the structure of the cheekbones through deep insertion beneath the skin. These denser filler products have optimal moldability and integrity that sustain results for up to 2 years.
Juvéderm Volbella & Restylane® Silk
Dermal fillers are not reserved only for lines and wrinkles. Products like Volbella and Silk are frequently used to enhance the lips. These fillers are made with small particles of hyaluronic acid in a smooth, fluid gel that inserts seamlessly beneath the skin. They are dense enough to subtly increase volume in thin and deflated lips and silky enough to smooth the fine lines that form around the mouth.