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Dermal Fillers: Selecting the One That’s Right for You

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Dermal fillers can erase lines and wrinkles from your face. The fillers use hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring chemical in your skin, to fill and support your skin. Different fillers use different technologies, and each has advantages and disadvantages. The treatments usually last 30-60 minutes and have no downtime. The beauty of dermal fillers is you can go right back to your daily routine after treatment.

Deciding which filler is right for you depends on what part of your body you want to fill and how deep your creases are. Let’s compare several popular fillers.

Juvéderm® Voluma XC vs. Restylane® Lyft

Both of these fillers treat sagging skin, often around the cheeks. The difference lies in how the hyaluronic acid is treated at the molecular level. Voluma XC uses a combination of low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid in a cross-linking technology that creates a smooth gel. This gives the skin lift and strength. Voluma XC may last as long as two years.

Lyft, on the other hand, doesn’t have the cross-linking technology and tends to be more granular. This means the individual grains move separately under the skin, making it appear more elastic. In addition, the grains are able to work together to fill small wrinkles as well as support the skin. However, Lyft treatments last roughly half as long as Voluma XC, providing support for 6-12 months.

Juvederm Ultra Plus XC and Volbella XC vs. Restylane Silk

These lip fillers work slightly differently, although they’re all designed to make your lips plump. Ultra Plus XC works to fill thin lips and make them appear plumper. It uses cross-linking technology to give lips support from beneath.

Volbella XC also offers lip-plumping features. However, its main purpose is to rid your lips of those little vertical lines that seem to collect on your lips over time.

Restylane Silk uses small hyaluronic granules to plump up your lips and get rid of vertical lines in one treatment.

All three last up to a year. When choosing a treatment, consider whether you want plumper lips, to get rid of lip lines, or both.

Juvederm Vollure XC vs. Restylane Refyne and Defyne

All three of these products will help you get rid of facial wrinkles, especially those around your nose and mouth. Called “parenthetical” lines because they look like parentheses, these lines can add years to your face. Vollure XC works well for medium to deep facial lines, filling creases and smoothing the contours of your face. Many patients see immediate results, which can last up to 18 months.

Refyne and Defyne are also designed to be used around the nose and mouth, but these two work differently. Refyne consists of much smaller hyaluronic granules, making the product the perfect choice for mild parenthetical lines. Defyne uses larger granules, which means the product can fill more space per injection and offer stronger support to your skin. It works well for deep parenthetical lines. Both of these treatments can last up to a year.

Still not sure? No problem. Our doctors will be happy to sit down and discuss your options and help you decide which treatment is right for you. Just call Elite Dermatology & Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online and get ready to see a younger and firmer face.