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Which Dermal Filler Is Right For You?

woman-in-stripesDermal fillers can restore lost volume to your face, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and fill in creases, but with so many options available, how do you know which dermal filler to choose? Keep reading to learn more about your options.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a substance produced naturally by your body. It is an important component of skin and it helps your skin stay healthy and look young.

There are many dermal fillers available that use hyaluronic acid to improve your appearance. Some of these include:

  • Juvederm—Juvederm is an FDA approved treatment that is used to correct wrinkles and folds around the nose and lips. It is commonly used to treat ‘smile lines’ and ‘parentheses’ in the lower section of your face. Juvederm can last for up to 12 months and it can also be used to enhance the lips.
  • Voluma—Voluma is a long lasting type of Juvaderm that was created specifically to treat the cheeks and midface. It provides instant results that can last for up to 2 years.
  • Belotero Balance—Belotero balance is smoother and finer than other fillers, which makes it ideal for treating more sensitive areas like the tear troughs under the eyes. It is also often used to enhance lips and correct sleep lines and smile lines. Results usually last 6-9 months.
  • Restylane and Perlane—These fillers are part of the same family. They are both used to correct wrinkles, reduce the appearance of lines, and add volume to the face. Restylane is thinner so it can sometimes be used for more sensitive areas. It lasts for about 6 months. Perlane is thicker, which means it lasts a little longer. In general, Perlane lasts for 9-12 months

Other Fillers

While hyaluronic acid fillers are common, they are not the only type of filler on the market. Other dermal fillers use another natural substance in your body—collagen—to improve your skin and take years off of your appearance.

Radiesse stimulates the production of your body’s own collagen to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore volume to the face. Results can last 12-18 months. Radiesse is also sometimes used to smooth the skin on hands and make them look younger.

Sculptra works gradually to improve your appearance subtly. It is a great option for those who want to improve their appearance without drawing attention to the process. Sculptra uses poly-L-lactic acid to replace lost collagen and restore the foundation of your skin. Results improve gradually through a series of 2-3 treatments and these results can last for up to 25 months.

To learn more about dermal fillers, schedule a consultation at Riverside Medical Arts.

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Wrinkles 101

injection in the eyebrowWrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, but if you think your wrinkles are making you look older than you feel, there are plenty of things you can do to protect your skin and treat wrinkles.

Here’s what you should know:

Preventing Wrinkles

You are never too old or too young to start protecting your skin. Whether you’re 20 or 65, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your skin and hold on to your youth. The following habits will help you prevent wrinkles. Even if you already have wrinkles, preventing future wrinkles will help you maintain your appearance.

 

  • Keep your skin hydrated and nourished by applying moisturizer daily, drinking plenty of water, and eating a healthy balanced diet.
  • Exercise regularly to keep your health up and improve your circulation. Keeping the blood circulating through your body is an important part of keeping your skin healthy.
  • Do everything you can to avoid sun damage—never use a tanning bed, wear sunscreen and reapply it while you are outside, stay in the shade between 10 am and 4 pm, and wear a hat and sunglasses to shade your face.
  • Remember to treat your neck just as well as you treat your face. If you are applying moisturizer or sunscreen to your face, apply it to your neck as well.
  • Wash off all your makeup and apply a retinol cream before going to bed.
  • If it is comfortable, sleep on your back.
  • Keep your stress levels low.

Treating Wrinkles

Even if you take fantastic care of your skin, some wrinkles will develop as you age. Fortunately there are relatively simple, non-invasive treatments that can reduce and eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Three common options are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin.

 

While these three treatments have subtle differences, they work in much the same way. All three contain botulinum toxin A as an active ingredient. They work to weaken muscles in the target area to create a smoothing effect. All three treatments have benefits and some are better suited to specific areas of the face. If you’d like to learn more about these options, schedule a consultation at Riverside Medical Arts.

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