Dermal Fillers: Different Types

Dermal Fillers


At Youthful Reflections, we’re proud to offer some of the newest, most innovative and effective anti-aging injectables.

But with so many products now available, it can be difficult to determine which one is best for you.  So, below we’ve addressed some of the more frequently asked questions regarding dermal fillers and listed a few of the most prevalent injectables and what they combat, so you can choose an anti-aging product that’s right for you.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers represent a number of different products intended to add bulk or volume to areas that appear wrinkled, creased or hollow, such as around the cheekbones. They’re recommended for certain areas of your face where volume is necessary, such as your lips, nasolabial folds or smile lines, and the lines near your lips that seem to turn down.

What Do Dermal Fillers Treat?

Often, dermal fillers are confused with Botox but, while they’re both injectables, Botox and fillers don’t have the same effect on your face. Whereas Botox serves to relax a muscle that is contracted, fillers add volume.

What Are Some Types of Dermal Fillers?

Collagen. Collagen keeps your skin looking tight and wrinkle-free. But as we age, our naturally occurring collagen starts to break down, causing an aged appearance. Examples of brand-name collagen products include CosmoDerm, Cosmoplast, Zyderm and Zyplast.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite. The heaviest or most substantial filler, calcium hydroxylapatite is used only for deep folds or creases, such as frown lines, sunken cheeks and nasolabial folds. Examples of brand-name calcium hydroxylapatite fillers include Radiesse and Radiance.

Human Fat. It’s exactly what it sounds like – your physician harvests fat from your body and injects it into areas where you may have lost facial volume, especially under your cheekbones. And since it is from your own body, the risk for an adverse reaction is minimal.

Hyaluronic Acid. This is a naturally occurring acid in your body – which helps to minimize the risk of adverse reaction – that can give you a softened, natural appearance. Examples of hyaluronic acid injections include Captique, Esthélis, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvéderm, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen and Restylane.

Polylactic Acid. Polylactic acid stimulates your body’s own collagen production when injected, so results will gradually appear over time. It is typically injected into the lower portions of your face, such as thin lips or nasolabial folds. An example of brand-name polylactic acid includes Sculptra.

Polyalkylimide: After an injection of this filler, a thin layer of collagen will slowly form around it over the course of about a month until the gel is eventually completely surrounded to treat deeper wrinkles, replace lost facial volume or plump thin lips. An example of brand-name polyalkylimide includes Aquamid.

Polymethylmethacrylate. Also known as PMMA, it is considered semi-permanent because it can last for many years as a suspension that is 20 percent PMMA microspheres and 80 percent collagen gel to combat wrinkles,

Once you know what you’re trying to accomplish, it ultimately comes down to you and your physician to determine what’s best for you, in order to achieve the optimal results you want. Give experienced professionals at Youthful Reflections a call today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your options and decide which injectable is best for you, so you can ‘Love Your Reflection.’


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