Restylane-L®, Restylane® Lyft, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Defyne, Restylane® Refyne, Juvéderm® products, Radiesse®, Sculptra®, and Belotero® are dermal fillers that restore volume and fullness to the skin and help smooth out wrinkles and folds on the face. Other than Radiesse® and Sculptra®, they all consist of hyaluronic acid, a non-animal based substance that occurs naturally in the body. The difference between the hyaluronic acid fillers is the size of the gel particles. Radiesse® is calcium hydroxyapatite and Sculptra® is poly-L lactic acid.
Restylane® Lyft, Restylane® Defyne, Restylane®Refyne, Radiesse®, Sculptra®, Juvéderm®Ultra PlusXC are used more for larger volume replacement. The effects of Sculptra® may last up to 2 years or more. All the other products last approximately one year. Restylane-L® and Restylane® Silk are used to enhance the lips thereby lessening wrinkles around the mouth. They are also used for hollows under the eyes, and other superficial fine lines. Restylane® Silk and Belotero® can be injected directly into fine lines. Radiesse® is a good filler not only for volumizing the face but also for treating aging hands. Sculptra® is particularly good for filling the temples and hollows of the cheeks and is often preferred not only for its longer duration of action but also for causing a gradual build up of your own collagen over a 4-6 week period.
Fillers are injected directly into the skin with a very small needle. Topical numbing or dental blocks are used especially for volumizing the lips to reduce any discomfort associated with the injection itself. You may have tenderness, swelling and perhaps a little redness after the treatment. This usually resolves in a few days. As with any injection, bruising is always a risk. If bruising occurs, you may come in the next workday at no charge for a laser treatment that will significantly lighten the bruise or even return the skin to its normal appearance.