The Truth About Wrinkle Fillers

If you have ever been interested in dermal fillers, here is the truth about wrinkle fillers. Most of us don't want to go to the extreme and go under the needle. We would rather use a more natural approach to our skincare. However, at some point in your life, you may be curious about all of the different anti-aging treatments that are available. And they may be a safer and more natural option than you think. We want to empower our readers with the knowledge of what is going to be the best, most efficient anti-aging treatment for each. We all know that when we look good, we feel good. Somewhere around our 40's, we begin to see significant changes happening to our complexions. Even if we can't visibly see deep-set wrinkles, our bodies are showing the signs of aging. Tiny little crow's feet, eyebrow furrows, laugh lines, forehead lines, droopy eyelids, you get the picture.

Here is a look at the newest innovations in dermatology. Wrinkle fillers and injectables are extremely popular as they fight age-related volume loss. Although they sound extreme, some are more natural than others. And probably more natural than you think. Many types of injections can help you look younger, instantly by adding proportionate shape to your face. Facial rejuvenation enhancement is the best alternative to a surgical facelift. Dermal fillers can help restore the natural volume your face once had. They instantly lift and shape the face. 

Remember, none of these non-surgical treatments come without pain. Infections are painful. These anti-aging treatments should only be performed by a professional who has not only the credentials but also the experience. You will need to ice the area after an injection. You may want to consider bringing your ice pack. Some treatments come with significant swelling. Swelling may occur especially when they are used on the lips. Plus you may see bruising at the injection site. Yes, you may look like Marge Simpson for a day or two. They also require aftercare appointments. All wrinkle fillers and dermal fillers can have side effects.

the truth about wrinkle injections

Voluma:

Is made by Juvederm and is a hyaluronic acid based filler. It is used for cheeks and under-eye hollowness. Voluma lasts two years and costs $1000.00 per syringe. This is the longest lasting natural cosmetic dermal filler on the market. Most people will need two syringes (one for each cheek). If you have laugh lines, you may want to consider Voluma. It offers a visible lift on the cheekbones which lifts up and smooths out the laugh lines. Hyaluronic Acid works by giving collagen the nutrients it needs to be healthy. The results are a fuller complexion with restored volume. The added fullness corrects facial wrinkles. However, if the lines around the mouth are deep, you may also need 1 or 2 syringes of Juvederm in addition to Voluma for a complete transformation. This is the newest filler on the market. It is wildly popular because of it looks so natural. You can easily look 5 to 10 years younger in just one trip.

Radiesse:

Radiesse is a wrinkle filler comprised of Calcium Hydroxylapatite microspheres. The calcium is in a gel with water, glycerin and sodium carboxymethylcellulose. Designed to add volume to the mid-face, it restores a smoother appearance and fuller cheeks. It usually lasts about a year. But the microspheres can stay in your face for up to 7 years. They stimulate your face to make more collagen, and thus results can last longer than a year. Most patients need two syringes, one for each cheek. The cost is about $700 per syringe. Radiesse has been the leading filler for cheekbones until the appearance of Voluma.

Juvederm XC:

Or non-animal stabilized Hyaluronic Acid dermal filler. The most natural-looking results of all fillers. Your skin naturally contains Hyaluronic Acid. Adds volume to correct folds that appear around the mouth and other areas of the face. Results usually last about a year. Juvederm can be used for a variety of applications including lips, laugh lines, under-eye hollows, cheeks and more. Similar fillers include Belotero Balance, Perlane, Radiesse, and Restylane. A syringe of Juvederm can range from $500 to $600.00. One tube is needed to fill the lips, and two tubes are used for marionette lines.

Botox or Botulinum toxin:

Active ingredient: botulinum toxin type A. 
Inactive ingredients: human albumin and sodium chloride. The one you are probably most familiar with. Other brands that work similarly include Xeomin, Myobloc, and Dysport. Botox relaxes the muscles on the face, so they do not contract. It can also be used to control sweating. Clinical trials have also begun for an option to treat migraines. Botox lasts for 2 and a half to 3 months. However, if you use it regularly, it can last anywhere from 3 to 4 months on average. For some, one treatment can last all the way up to 6 months. The general cost is about $10 to $12 per unit. Botox is injected in specific areas. You will need 20 units to treat crow's feet. For a cheek lift, the esthetician will use anywhere between 4 and 12 units. For eyebrow furrows, you would need another 20 units and for droopy eyelids, another 2 to 8 units. A Browlift will use anywhere between 8 to 12 units. Bunny lines, two units. The chin is usually two units. For a full non-surgical facelift, expect to have 45 units or more injected. Recently, Botox has even been approved to be used for sweating and migraines. The esthetician will sterilize the desired area with a swab of alcohol. Then will inject the Botox into the face, 2 to 10 times depending on the size of the area. The technique is crucial. The more experience the esthetician has, the better as they know how to place the Botox correctly for a better result. It will take five days after the injection to get the full effect. 

Botox can have some serious side effects:
  • bruising
  • bleeding
  • droopy eyelids
  • dry eyes
  • redness 
  • itchiness around the injection site
Dysport: 

Another injectable new on the horizon is Dysport. It has the same paralyzing effect as Botox, but it's not as potent. This means you get a more natural appearance, and your facial expressions will still be seen, won't be as pronounced. However, if you prefer Dysport, you can use more units to receive the same effects as Botox. 20 units of Botox is equal to 50 units of Dysport. Many medispas charge $10 to 12 dollars a unit (the same cost as Botox). If you need 50 units of Dysport, you are better off using Botox as the less expensive option. 

Injections most used for the specific areas of the face:

  • Lips: Juvederm is the leading injection because it is the most natural looking and feeling.
  • Cheek Bones: Voluma or Radiesse
  • Marionette Lines: Juvederm
  • Wrinkles and Crow's Feet: Botox

Dermal Filler Treatment Area Average Usage Chart

Area/Syringes needed

Forehead 1-2
Temples 1-2
Cheekbones 1 each
Nasolabial folds 1-2
Jowls 1
Chin 1
Under-eye hollows 1-2
Lips 1-2 (1 for a more natural look, 2 for a fuller look or very thin lips.)
Nose 1