Dr. Abramson explains the difference between the various types of facial fillers on the market today, as well as what results patients can expect.
So, here we use a number of different types of what are known as Fillers. Some of these fillers are a type of substance called Hyaluronic Acid. You may know these from their brand names such as Juvederm, or Restylane, or Belotero. There are many others along those same lines from different companies and from their companies. There are some that are FDA approved, and those are the only ones that we use in our practice.
These fillers are there to enhance the areas of the face that have lost some volume. On occasion patients have never had the volume that might have led to a nice enhancement and increased proportionality and softness to the face. Hyaluronic acid fillers will last from varying amounts of time depending on where they’re placed. The most commonly placed areas are the cheeks, the lips, the folds along the nose, known as the nasolabial folds, as well as along the jawline.
There are other types of injectables that are not necessarily volumizers or fillers, such as something called sculptra. Sculptra is a micronized powder that’s then mixed with the fluid that becomes an injectable product. When it’s placed, the fluids that are injected with it, such as local anesthetic or steral water, will be resorbed by the body. It leaves this material behind for the body to respond to and the body does it’s own filling. This is done in a series of treatments because if the patient responds exceedingly well to one treatment, that’s all we need to do. But many times we are taking it somewhat slow and conservative so that we can get the best benefit and have the maximal longevity for the patient without risk of any significant complications.
Fillers last for different time periods again, depending on where we put them in the face as well as the nature of the type of filler that we’re using. Some are between 6 to 9 months, such as those placed in the lips, and some can last up to 2 years, such as Voluma, placed in the cheeks, or Sculptra, placed in various areas of the face, including the cheek area.
Abramson Facial Plastic Surgery is located in Atlanta, GA and is a convenient drive from Dunwoody or Sandy Springs.