The mythical fountain of youth is yet to be discovered, but that doesn’t mean you can’t banish fine lines and wrinkles from your face. While some wrinkles are caused by the muscles beneath the facial skin, most are actually caused by volume loss—as facial tissues start to thin out with age, lines in the skin become more visible.
Injectable dermal fillers are gel-like substances designed to be injected beneath the skin, where they replace lost volume. They are most commonly used to smooth out lines around the nose and mouth. But there are many other applications for fillers, including:
- Diminishing vertical lip lines
- Smoothing out chin creases
- Plumping lips
- Restoring volume to sunken cheeks or temples
- Improving facial feature symmetry
Dermal fillers come in a range of different formulas, each designed to replace lost volume, smooth out wrinkles, and restore the youthful contours of the face—and even the hands. If you’re looking for a minimally invasive solution for treating fine lines and wrinkles, here is what you need to know about injectable wrinkle fillers, and which types might be best for you:
Types of dermal fillers
Fillers are categorized by the substance they are made with, and while some can be interchangeable, others work best on specific areas of the face. The main active ingredients in the different filler types include:
- Hyaluronic Acid: A naturally occurring substance found in the skin that helps it retain moisture to stay plump and hydrated. Dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid add structure and volume, reducing the look of fine lines, wrinkles and facial folds. Dermal filler brands that contain hyaluronic acid include Juvéderm, Restylane, and Belotero Balance.
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite: Another naturally occurring substance that helps stimulate natural collagen production. Injections with calcium hydroxylapatite create a type of scaffolding beneath the skin, adding instant volume, and stimulating collagen production so that results continue to improve over time. Dermal filler brands containing calcium hydroxylapatite include Radiesse.
- Poly-L-lactic acid: A synthetic substance previously used for dissolvable stitches, now also classified as a collagen stimulator. Fillers containing poly-L-lactic acid work deep within the skin to help restore the underlying structure and plump out fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal filler brands containing Poly-L-lactic acid include Sculptra Aesthetic.
- Polymethylmethacrylate: A synthetic substance that contains collagen and remains beneath the skin indefinitely to provide support and firmness. Taking the form of a microsphere, or tiny ball, the filler material provides continued support beneath the skin to smooth out lines on the surface. Dermal filler brands that contain Polymethylmethacrylate include Bellafill.
- Autologous fat injections: Fat is harvested from another area of your body, purified, then injected into the face to restore volume to your cheeks, lower eyelids, temples, and other areas. Fat transfer injections last much longer than other dermal fillers, and have the added bonus of smoothing out contours from the “donor” site.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to turn back the clock, but safety should be your top concern when looking into dermal fillers. It’s important to always ensure you are receiving FDA-approved, brand-name dermal fillers, which are only available through a licensed physician. Autologous fat injections, meanwhile, involve more invasive procedures that should only be performed by a board certified cosmetic surgeon.
The best dermal fillers for you
The best dermal filler for you will depend on your top areas of concern, because each product has a unique texture, density, and injection depth. Consulting with a medical professional will help you decide, but as a general reference, the best dermal filler brands for specific areas are:
- Under-eye area: Juvéderm, Restylane, fat injections
- Marionette/laugh lines: Juvéderm, Belotero, Restylane
- Vertical lip lines: Volbella, Belotero, Restylane
- Chin wrinkles: Juvéderm, Belotero, Restylane, Radiesse
- Nasolabial folds: Juvéderm, Belotero, Restylane, Radiesse
- Sunken cheeks: Voluma, Restylane
- Thin lips: Juvéderm, Volbella, fat injections
- Acne scars: Juvéderm, Radiesse, Bellafill
Don’t worry, you don’t have to memorize this list—at San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we’ll give you all the information you need at your consultation. We’ll take a look at your skin and your areas of concern, answer all your questions, and explain your best options for getting results you feel great about.
While the effects of some dermal fillers last longer than others, depending on the product and area of treatment, even the most temporary products last at least 6 months. Hyaluronic acid fillers last between 6-18 months, while synthetic fillers often last longer because they are not absorbed into the body. Fat injections, meanwhile, are meant to last indefinitely, although a portion of the injected fat will reabsorb—that’s why cosmetic surgeons tend to overfill at first, knowing the fat will settle into a normal appearance over time.
Injectable wrinkle fillers in San Diego
If you want to restore your youthful radiance, we offer a wide range of injectable dermal fillers to help you look your best. For more information about fillers or to schedule a consultation, call us at 619-583-7555.