Dermal fillers can smooth lines and wrinkles and add volume to areas of the face that appear sunken or hollow. There are many products with different ingredients and clinical capabilities, so it is important to consider your choices carefully. Our team at Chicago Aesthetic Surgery Institute and NeoDerma Medspa can help you select the dermal filler which will work best for your skin type and cosmetic goals.
Sculptra is a synthetic poly-l-lactic acid-based filler that treats skin folds, hollowed cheeks and sunken eyes. It was developed to treat HIV and AIDS patients with lipodystrophy (facial wasting), but facial cosmetic surgeons began using it on smile lines and sunken features. The FDA approved the product for aesthetic uses in 2009.
Sculptra both thickens skin and stimulates the production of collagen (protein that gives the skin structure, but diminishes as a person ages). Sculptra is injected at a greater depth than other fillers. Therefore, it works more gradually and produces results that can last up to two years.
Radiesse is a calcium hydroxylapatite-based filler used to smooth wrinkles and folds around the mouth and nose, and fill certain scar depressions. It prompts the body to start producing more collagen, which improves the skin's appearance and prolongs the results.
Radiesse is FDA-approved to treat nasolabial folds. It is also very effective on smile lines and marionette lines. It is not recommended for use on the lips, as it can cause undesirable lumps. The results of treatment with Radiesse last up to six months or more.
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid-based filler that is approved to treat nasolabial folds, frown lines, crow's feet and thin lips. Hyaluronic acid is found in the body's connective tissue, and it adds volume and fullness to the skin. Facial plastic surgeons have found Juvederm to be smoother than other hyaluronic acid-based fillers, so it flows more easily into the skin. It originally earned FDA safety approval in 2001, so the product has a relatively long history of safe use.
Possible side effects include redness, swelling, tenderness, and bruising around the injection site. Some Chicago dermal filler patients experience slight discomfort. Some dermal fillers may be visible if they are not injected very deep. In such cases, small bumps or nodules can be seen or felt beneath the skin. However, these side effects can be avoided when the injections are performed by experienced, board-certified plastics surgeons such as the dermal fillers providers at Chicago Aesthetic Surgery Institute and NeoDerma Medspa.
To learn more about dermal fillers or set up a skincare consultation, please contact our Chicago practice today. In addition to various facial fillers, our talented cosmetic surgeons also offer facial injectables, such as Botox in Chicago. They are also recognized as highly skilled Chicago laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal, hair restoration, microdermabrasion, Ultherapy and chemical peel providers. To learn more about these procedures, please visit the respective pages.