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Many people want to get rid of the lines and wrinkles revealing their age, but they want to do so in the simplest manner possible. These two desires often make dermal fillers a smart and effective choice for patients looking to reverse the physical aging process a bit.

Although Botox injections are one of the most frequently used anti-wrinkle procedures, Botox is not technically a dermal filler. It works by minimizing the activity of facial muscles, whereas dermal fillers eradicate lines and wrinkles by plumping up the skin and stimulating collagen production. The right type of dermal filler depends on the patient and the types of results they seek. For more information on the different types of dermal fillers, schedule a consultation with a professional doctor today.

Juvederm

Hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in skin that works to retain moisture, is the active ingredient in Juvederm. This type of dermal filler particularly benefits those looking to fill in small lines around the mouth and eyes, such as crow’s feet. It also helps those who want to hide acne or other scars. Juvederm treatments may last up to a year or more. There is one caveat, though—Juvederm is not one of the types of dermal fillers that individuals should use if they have serious allergies.

Radiesse

The water-based injectable Radiesse contains tiny microspheres derived from calcium and similar to minerals found in the bones. In addition to smoothening skin, Radiesse also stimulates natural collagen production in the body. This is the body’s most common protein, and it is essential for maintaining firm skin.

Radiesse has received FDA approval for treating moderate wrinkles and folds, which include:

  • Mouth corners – these wrinkles can make a person look like they are frowning
  • Smile lines – nose to mouth lines that grow deeper with age
  • Chin wrinkles
  • “Worry lines” on the forehead

While the effect of Radiesse injections usually last about one year, for some individuals the dermal filler keeps lines at bay for up to two years. Some users may experience redness or minor bruising at the injection site, but these side effects usually disappear in a day or two. Like Juvederm, Radiesse is not suitable for people with bad allergies.

Sculptra

Made from polylactic acid, Sculptra stimulates collagen production. It is used for lip plumping, laugh lines and deep nasolabial folds. With this type of dermal filler, results may not appear for a while, as it could take some time for collagen production to ramp up. On the other hand, eventual results are semi-permanent.

Restylane

Restylane is FDA-approved and contains hyaluronic acid, but less than the amount found in Juvederm. This dermal filler, a clear gel, works well for plumping cheeks or making lips appear fuller.  It also diminishes moderate to severe lines and wrinkles.

Restylane is heavier than Juvederm, so it is a good choice for undereye use or any area where volume is indicated. Because it is heavy, Restylane is less likely to leave the part of the face into which it was injected.

Even better, results are immediate, although the effects do not last as long as other types of dermal fillers. For most people, Restylane effects last approximately six months. Other than a possible minor reaction at the injection site, Restylane has no side effects and is safe for most users. However, those with bleeding disorders should avoid Restylane.