With so many dermal filler products on the market, it can be difficult to know which option is best for you without the guidance of an experienced cosmetic surgeon. Each product is uniquely formulated to have a particular texture, density, and injection depth, which means that certain fillers work better for certain areas of concern than others. While Dr. Egozi will help determine what product is best for your purposes during your consultation, consider the following 3 steps to choosing the right dermal filler for you!
1. Determine the Cause of Your Issue
While the key reasons people opt for dermal fillers are the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or more general signs of aging like sagging skin, it’s important to understand the causes behind your signs of facial aging in order to determine the dermal filler best-suited to your needs.
Botox, for example, is a purified protein that is injected into a targeted area of the face to alleviate wrinkles caused by repeat facial expressions. It disrupts the release of a chemical called acetylcholine which causes the formation of expressive facial wrinkles to begin with. Juvederm and Restylane on the other hand, work to smooth and remove deep wrinkles caused by aging. Unlike other fillers, Restylane is not derived from animal tissue, making it a safe choice for those with animal allergies. Finally, Sculptra addresses the age-related loss of skin elasticity and volume, resulting in facial drooping. It increases volume, creating a naturally replenished appearance.
2. Know what is you’d like to Correct
Is there a particular area of your face that needs treating? Or is it a more sweeping boost you’re after? The answer to this question will help you choose the right filler for your needs. Botox is most often used to address the forehead, brow, and those wrinkled areas on the side of your eyes known as crow’s feet, while Juvederm and Restylane are used to smooth the skin under the eyes, the marionette lines around the mouth, chin wrinkles, and nasolabial folds. Sculptra is unique in that it encourages your body to create new collagen, so it is especially useful for treating hollow or sunken cheeks. It is also particularly useful for treating larger surface areas like the jawline, cheeks, and temples.
3. Understand the Extent of your Commitment
When opting to undergo a dermal filler, first-timers, in particular, might prefer more temporary results just to be on the safe side. Others may prefer longer-lasting fillers to avoid frequent visits. The results of Botox injections typically last 3-4 months, while Juvederm is effective for up to 9 months, and Restylane achieves results for up to 6 months, although some patients have observed its results for longer. Sculptra is by far the most long-lasting filler, as it can last for up to 2 years.
To learn more about your dermal filler options in Clearwater, Florida, Contact Egozi Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation!