Most people turn to fillers when they want to add volume to their cheeks for a youthful look, however, there is a variety of other benefits to getting filler. Depending on the filler base, an injection may be able to complete the basic task of smoothing out wrinkles or it could treat acne scarring.
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid (HA) based dermal filler. HA is a natural substance found in the body that keeps your skin hydrated by attracting water to the area where it is injected.
Juvederm is typically injected deeper into the skin than other fillers, hence it is better for treating more severe wrinkles and folds. Juvederm can also be injected into the lips to sculpt the desired pout.
Side effects include redness, swelling, and bruising. These side effects are common and should go away within 2-14 days. The results are seen immediately and typically last between 1-2 years ranging from person to person. There is no recovery time, however, extensive heat and strenuous exercise must be avoided for 24-48 hours.
Belotero is also an HA-based filler, however, there are a few differences from Juvederm.
Due to a lower density, Belotero is usually inserted superficially, so it is a better option for finer lines and wrinkles. Belotero can be used for facial contouring, cheekbone enhancement, and as a lip filler.
Belotero results are also seen immediately, however they usually last between 6-18 months. The side effects are similar to those of Juvederm and usually go away on their own in under 7 days. Just like when receiving Juvederm treatment, it is important to avoid heat and strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours.
Radiesse is a Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) based filler meaning it is a collagen stimulator. Unlike Belotero and Juvederm, Radiesse helps stimulate the production of collagen even after Radiesse is absorbed by the body. Radiesse is best for filling deeper wrinkles and adding volume in areas where it has been lost. Radiesse is particularly favored for lifting and tightening the skin particularly around the mouth and nose. Unlike fillers mentioned before Radiesse can also be used to smooth wrinkles on hands.
Radiesse is often pre-mixed with lidocaine, a numbing cream, for an almost painless experience.
It is important to note that Radiesse has a thicker composition and is not recommended for people with thinner skin.
Bellafill is a gel filler consisting of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and is the only filler approved by the FDA that lasts up to five years. Like Radiesse this is a collagen-stimulating filler, however, PMMA can not be absorbed by the body making Bellafill a permanent filler. The body generates collagen that merges with the microspheres, so while immediate results can be seen the skin actually continues to rejuvenate over time.
Collagen is what gives skin its elasticity, so Bellafill is recommended for people who are noticing that their skin is beginning to sag.
Bellafill can accomplish the tasks of other fillers, but it is also the only filler that can treat scarring and acne scarring.
In the end, it is recommended to speak to your physician before getting any injections. Any allergies should be mentioned in advance as that may affect which filler is best for you.