Your Guide to Facial Fillers
Let’s face it – when it comes to facial fillers, you have many options. Some fillers are longer lasting than others. Some fillers are made to work on specific areas, like lips or cheeks, while others are designed to be used anywhere on the face. It really is not a one-size-fits-all situation. There are many different kinds of facial fillers out there that you can choose from, and some may work better for different concerns than others, so it is important that you do your research regarding these fillers before you make your choice.
While the wide variety may leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed, your doctor can help you make a final determination on which type of facial filler is right for you.
What Are Facial Fillers?
Facial fillers are solutions injected into areas of the face or other areas of the body. These fillers are not only great for removing unwanted lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections from the face, adding fullness to areas such as lips and cheeks and reducing the appearance of scars, but they are also often used for medical reasons, such as treating migraines or to help stop excessive sweating. While it is always advisable to receive these procedures from trained professionals, if you are looking into injectables to treat certain medical concerns, speaking with your doctor about the fillers is even more important. Here is a general rundown about some of the facial fillers that are available to you and what each one works best for.
Botox is one of the first injectables to be used outside of cosmetic reasons and is an excellent tool for fighting against migraines or bladder control issues. Botox was made famous for paralyzing the facial muscles, making lines and wrinkles much less likely to be visible. While Botox is not permanent, it does work well and is one of the most trusted names for facial fillers.
Dysport is another popular filler that works almost the same way as Botox (down to the same main ingredient) is Dysport. Dysport works by paralyzing the muscles in the area it is injected into (making this also great for medical reasons, not just cosmetic reasons). This filler, however, can work faster than traditional Botox, so it can be a better option for those who are looking for results a lot quicker than using traditional fillers.
Voluma is a filler designed especially to be used in the face, with the intended purpose of making the cheek area look fuller. This filler is great for adding a bit of volume back into the cheeks if they are sunken due to hormones, age, medications, or even drastic weight loss.
Juvederm is another filler that has gotten more and more popular in recent years. This filler, which is designed to be used on various areas of the face, is created with hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar found in the body. There are several different kinds of Juvederm products available, including Voluma (a cheek filler), Juvederm Plus (for use with lines and wrinkles), and Juvederm XC (used to treat scars, serious lines and wrinkles, and for lips).
Vobella is a non-invasive, popular lip filler that gives you fuller-looking lips that look natural. This lip filler is a great choice if you want a small change in your lips instead of something overly drastic.
Restylane is another popular filler; it is often referred to as being a “facelift without the surgery.” This filler works on a variety of areas on the face, making it look fuller and eliminating lines and wrinkles. It can create a sculpted look that you wouldn’t normally get from other fillers.
How Long Do Facial Fillers Last?
One question that many people have about facial fillers is how long they last. Depending on the filler, they typically last from a few months up to a year. As each filler has its own time frame for how long it lasts, it is important to discuss needing touch-ups with your physician.