What are dermal fillers?
While dermal fillers are an injectable treatment similar to Botox Cosmetic procedures, the approach to smoothing your skin’s appearance is quite different. One reason for lines and wrinkles in your face is the deterioration and loss of support tissue beneath the surface of your skin. As this support tissue ages, the outer layer falls into the voids left behind.
Dermal fillers passively build up lost volume and crevasses in the skin support layers, using compounds already found in the body, such as hyaluronic acid, a protein that attracts and stores moisture in the skin naturally. These dermal fillers prop up your skin, resulting in smoother, more youthful appearance. Depending on the product, results can be quite long-lasting.
What are some of the common dermal fillers?
The Spa at Shenandoah uses three lines of dermal filler product, each offering unique characteristics that suit certain applications. The brands used by The Spa at Shenandoah are:
- The Juvéderm® collection of dermal fillers
- Radiesse® volumizing filler
- Belotero Balance®
Juvéderm’s collection uses injectable gels, each based on hyaluronic acid, but addressing different cosmetic goals. Voluma® XC adds volume and contour to cheeks, Vollure™ XC and Juvederm ® XC address moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles, such as parentheses lines at each side of your mouth. Juvederm Lip collection: two formulations used for your specific needs- Juvederm Ultra ® XC adds fullness to your lips and Volbella® XC, adds lip subtle volume while also filling in vertical lip lines.
Radiesse uses calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in a gel. As with hyaluronic acid products, Radiesse immediately adds support to the skin’s surface, but the gel also interacts with the skin’s repair mechanisms, stimulating new productions of collagen. Though the filler is metabolized out of the body gradually, the new collagen remains, adding months of effectiveness to Radiesse treatments.
Belotero Balance is another hyaluronic acid injectable with its own characteristics. Working well on smile lines around the mouth, Belotero Balance is also suitable for vertical lip lines and other wrinkles.
Why are there so many fillers?
Each injectable filler has its own properties. Some fillers stay close to the injection site while others disperse and blend. Your specialist at The Spa at Shenandoah will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate filler to treat your individual needs.