Types of Facial Fillers: What’s the Difference Between Cosmetic Fillers?
It’s an exciting time in the world of cosmetic fillers. We now have an arsenal of specialized fillers to meet many of the top beauty goals for the face. From lip enhancing to cheek filling to wrinkle smoothing, there’s a facial filler that’s right for everyone. But, perhaps, you’re overwhelmed by all of the choices? Not to worry! We’ll help figure out what’s best for you. In our guide, you can check out the different types of facial fillers, as well as compare injectable fillers:
What are Facial Fillers? Why Get a Dermal Filler?
Before we get into the difference between facial fillers, let’s briefly talk about cosmetic fillers and what they can do for the face. Specifically, a filler injection under the skin works by smoothing the skin and/or restoring volume or tissue loss. As a result, it can:
- Fill in facial folds and creases
- Enhance shallow contours
- Soften fine lines and wrinkles
- Plump thin lips
- Smooth under-eye circles
- Restore the eyebrow
- Diminish recessed scarring
What are Some Cosmetic Filler Brands?
The most common facial filler brands are:
- Juvederm (Allergan): Juvederm Ultra Plus, Ultra, Voluma, Volbella, Vollure
- Restylane (Galderma): Restylane Lyft, Defyne, Refyne, Silk
- Belotero (Merz): Belotero Intense, Volume, Balance and Soft
- Radiesse (Merz)
- Sculptra (Aventis)
What are the Different Types of Facial Fillers?
Different fillers for face can be broadly separated by their active ingredient. Specifically, these include Hyaluronic Acid, Calcium Hydroxylapatite and Polylactic Acid. Let’s break it down further:
Brands include: Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a naturally-occuring substance in the body. It’s responsible for keeping the skin plump and hydrated. As we age, our bodies produce less Hyaluronic Acid. Without enough of this nourishing element, elastin and collagen fibers struggle to provide support for the face. This results in wrinkles, sagging skin, hollows and folds.
An HA filler is a soft, gel-like substance that’s injected into the skin, in order to replenish lost hyaluronic acid. As a result, it can restore a youthful appearance for up to 18 months (depending on the filler and at full-correction).
You may have noticed above that Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero offer multiple formulations. Each family of products varies by its molecular makeup. Specifically, they differ by viscosity and weight. In layman’s terms, some fillers have a softer structure, while others have a sturdier structure. As a result, each formulation is suited for different skincare concerns. It’s best to speak with a medical practitioner to find out which one is right for you.
Like Hyaluronic Acid, Calcium Hydroxylapatite is a naturally occurring molecule. While HA is typically found in connective tissue, Calcium Hydroxylapatite is typically found in bone.
As a filler formulation, the calcium particles are suspended in a gel-like substance that’s thicker than HA fillers. Because of its similarities to bone and thicker structure, it’s typically used to restore extreme volume loss, as well as fill in deeper lines and wrinkles for up to 12 months (at full correction).
Poly-L-lactic acid is a synthetic substance that’s biocompatible with the body. It has a long history of medical use, including in dissolvable stitches.
As a cosmetic filler, its mechanism of action differs from HA fillers and Calcium Hydroxylapatite. These two fillers produce results quickly and are designed to stay under the skin until they are reabsorbed by the body. On the other hand, Poly-L-lactic acid is known as a “collagen stimulator”. It’s designed to dissolve a few days after treatment. Then, it begins a gradual process of boosting collagen production. Patients typically undergo multiple injections before seeing results. Because of it’s thicker structure, it’s generally indicated for restoring lower face volume, which can last for two years or more (at full correction).
Where to Get a Face Filler Near Me? Why Choose Smooth Synergy Medical Spa in NYC?
Our Medical Director, George Liakeas, MD has been performing filler procedures since 2002. This experience translates into a superior ability to pick the right filler for you, as well as expertise in how to place product on your face. As a result, we assure you will look your best. Call us at 212-397-0111 to book a complimentary consultation to discuss your beauty goals and to find out which facial filler is right for you.