Summary: Many patients have strong and reasonable questions about getting a dermal filler injection. After all, there are so many dermal fillers on the market, it can be difficult to determine what the right one is for you. One recommendation that we have is that patients focus on the results they want—this can lead you to the right treatment.
Finding Out What Dermal Filler Should I Choose?
There are so many non surgical options for eliminating lines and wrinkles from the face. Ultimately, this is a good thing because it means you’re more likely to get the results you truly want. But in the short term, it can definitely be pretty intimidating and overwhelming. After all how are you supposed to choose which dermal filler is the best for you when you don’t know where to start?
Of course, that’s why we’re here. Hopefully, we can help you figure out precisely what dermal filler will be good to help you get your results. Rather than talk about each filler individually, we’ll talk about fillers as groups. After all, most fillers fall into a kind of “family” of products.
We’ll talk about which dermal filler you should choose and why, depending on what you’re looking to accomplish.
The Most Common: Hyaluronic Acid Based Fillers
By far, the most common filler “family” is that made up of hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers. This might sound a little suspect, but hyaluronic acid is actually something that occurs naturally in your body. That’s what makes hyaluronic acid based a good fit for these treatments—your body already knows how to break it down pretty effectively.
That said, even among hyaluronic acid based fillers, there is quite a bit of difference in terms of what areas they treat. According to the website of the Minneapolis Juvederm experts at Carillon Minnneapolis, Juvederm is used primarily to fill volume in the face generally. On the other hand, Juvederm Voluma is designed specifically to address the apples of the cheeks.
Which filler you choose will likely depend on which area of the face you would like treated. Many fillers are developed specifically to treat a targeted area (such as the apples of the cheeks). Which area you want to address may determine the filler you select.
For Long Lasting, It’s All Bellafill
The only downside—if you can call it that—with hyaluronic acid based fillers is the fact that the fillers break down quite easily. This means that typical results will last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. For many patients, that’s quite long enough—but not for everyone.
That’s where Bellafill comes in to play. Once known as Artefill, Bellafill is a long lasting dermal filler that has a wide array of applications. But it’s not hyaluronic acid based. Instead, Bellafill is a PMMA collagen-based filler. Its molecules are specifically designed to resist being absorbed into the body.
This means that results from Bellafill injections will typically last somewhere over five years—some results have even been reported to last up to fifteen years. Now, those results may or may not be typical depending on the treated area, but for patients who want to avoid regular maintenance injections, Bellafill is the way to go.
The Most Natural: Fat
If you’re looking for the most natural filler option available, the result might surprise you: fat. Fat grafting is quickly becoming an exceptionally popular cosmetic surgery procedure, and so I think it’s appropriate to discuss in the context of dermal fillers. Now, in most cases, you’ve probably heard of fat grafting during discussions of Brazilian Butt Lift procedures.
But that’s not the only use for your fat. Indeed, fat graft “facelift” procedures are also becoming common. In these cases, fat is removed from the body using a liposuction procedure and then injected into the face to add volume (and, therefore, remove wrinkles and lines from the face).
The end result is a face that looks much more smooth, more youthful, and more energized. And it all looks incredibly natural. In most cases, fat graft procedures are effectively permanent—another reason these procedures are so popular.
Finding the Right Filler for You
For patients, it’s important to remember that it’s not necessarily your job to find the right filler for yourself. In many ways, that’s the job of the cosmetic surgeon you go to! What you need to know is what you want your final results to look like. And if you know what you want those final results to look like—if you know the areas you’d like to treat—that’s half the battle.
If you want to know what dermal filler will work best for your needs, the best place to get the best answers is actually from your cosmetic surgeon.