Dermal fillers are primarily used to rejuvenate the skin and add volume and fullness to various areas of the face. Fillers are used to treat loss of volume that occurs over time as well as addition of volume desired for aesthetic purposes. Different brands and types of fillers are made of varying ingredients, including:
- Hyaluronic acid, such as JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and Belotero®
- Calcium hydroxylapatite, such as RADIESSE®
- Poly-L-lactic acid, such as Sculptra®
- Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA), such as Bellafill®
Each of these fillers is designed to treat certain kinds of aging or other cosmetic issues. Fillers may be used if you are looking to add lost volume to your cheeks, volumize your lips, or treat static lines that develop with age. Depending on which one is used, they can last anywhere from 12 to 24 months. On average, treatment takes approximately 45-60 minutes. Topical numbing is used prior to treatment for patient comfort.
RADIESSE® is a dermal filler made of smooth calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres. This formulation stimulates the body’s natural collagen production, resulting in a smoother, more youthful overall appearance.
RADIESSE® is FDA-approved for the treatment of the back of the hands, but is also an option for use in cheeks and filling areas including nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Because it is not hyaluronic acid-based, it is not reversible with Hylenex®. RADIESSE® typically lasts up to 15 months when used for contouring the face.