fillers - Patients ask Dr. Ringpfeil answers
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As part of the aging process, our skin stretches and loses some of its elasticity and the face loses some of its subcutaneous fat. As a result, the skin looks loose, and we lose the plump skin we had in our youth.
Dermal fillers replace the fat we lose and help to restore the full appearance of our face. In addition, fillers serve as a buffer between our facial muscles and our skin. This buffer reduces the impact of the constant muscle movement of the face and fills indentations and lines left in the skin
What until recently could only be corrected by an invasive and expensive surgery can now be corrected by Juvederm and Restylane, the two derma filler brands that revolutionized cosmetic surgery since they were introduced to the market at the beginning of the millennium.
The most common dermal fillers in the US are manufactured and distributed by a handful of pharmaceutical vendors. The Juvederm line and Kybella are produced and distributed by Allergan and Restylane by Galderma. Other products are Radiesse, Belotero, Prevelle, Artefill, and Sculptra.
Most of these products address the same facial areas such as the Nassolabian lines, vertical upper and lower lip lines, and cheeks. Cost, lasting results, and personal preference are the most common differences between the various products. Also, an experienced injector may prefer one product over another in specific situations. For example...
Static Lines - Lines/wrinkles visible at rest.
(usually treated by dermal fillers)
Dynamic Lines - Lines visible with forceful movement of muscles. (usually treated by Botox)
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|price / syringe||lasts (months)||# treatments|
|Artefill||$900 (0.8 ml)||Permanent||1-2|
|Sculptra||$750 (1.0 vial)||24+||2-3|
|Radiesse||$750 (1.5 ml)||12-18||1|
|Juvederm||$680 (0.8 ml)||6-12||1|
|Restylane||$600 (1.0 ml)||6-9||1|
|Prevelle||$250 (1.0 ml)||3||1|
|Voluma||$880 (1.0 ml)||24||1|
The purchase of a full syringe is required. When only a partial syringe is needed, the remainder can be injected into another area.
Restylane, Restylane Silk, and Restylane Lyft (Used to be called Perlane) are members of Galderma's family of dermal fillers.
We use Resytlane and Restylane Lyft to restore volume and correct deep lines, folds, and wrinkles.
Restylane Silk is an excellent filler to enhance lips and correct lip lines.
Restylane is made of a hyaluronic acid gel which is a substance produced by our body. It has FDA approval to be used for facial wrinkles and nasolabial folds but it is also used for tear troughs and lip enhancements.