When lines, wrinkles, hollows and creases start to show up, many women and men opt for nonsurgical anti-aging solutions like facial fillers to help them look and feel more youthful and energized. There are several types of injectable fillers, and the right one for you will depend on your specific needs and goals.
What Are Facial Fillers?
Facial fillers are injectable skin rejuvenation treatments that temporarily smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, give better definition to the jawline, and restore a fuller appearance to the cheeks, lips and temples. While hyaluronic acid fillers remain some of the most popular choices, other types of fillers may be more suitable, depending on your specific cosmetic concerns and goals.
Fillers at Sarasota Facial Aesthetics
At Sarasota Facial Aesthetics, we are pleased to offer these popular facial filler options:
- Juvéderm® – The Juvéderm family of fillers is made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance in the skin that delivers nutrients, adds volume and helps the skin retain moisture and softness. Each product in the Juvéderm family of fillers, including Vollure XC, Voluma XC, Volbella XC, Ultra and Ultra Plus XC, is made from a modified form of HA. Juvéderm fillers can be used to smooth away the look of lines and wrinkles and add volume to the face and lips.
- Restylane® – The Restylane family of fillers is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own naturally produced hyaluronic acid, helping to visibly correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are intended to treat facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane and Restylane-L can also be used for lip enhancement.
- Sculptra® – Consisting of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic material that stimulates collagen production within your skin, Sculptra injections can last as long as two years. Sculptra is commonly used to treat deep lines, wrinkles and creases, as well as facial volume loss. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra cannot be dissolved before its effects gradually fade away on their own.
The highly skilled team of injectors at Sarasota Facial Aesthetics in Southwest Florida are national trainers, instructors and consultants for Allergan and Galderma, two of the largest companies that manufacture injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport Cosmetic, and fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane.
Sarasota Facial Aesthetics is also a TOP 50 account in the country with Allergan Aesthetics which places our practice is in the top percentile nationwide of practices offering injectable treatments of BOTOX, Juvéderm® and Juvéderm Voluma™. In fact, our practice proudly has two in-house Allergan Aesthetics National trainers that are recognized for their educational background and experience, and a true expert in medical aesthetics.
If you are interested in learning more about us or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our highly trained professionals, please feel free to contact us online or call our Sarasota office at 941-955-8384.
Areas of Treatment
While fillers can be used to smooth the look of lines and wrinkles in a variety of areas, they are most commonly used to treat the mid- and lower-face regions, such as frown lines, nasolabial folds and thinning cheeks and lips. They can also be used to add volume to hollowed out temples and even to create a more defined jawline.
If you are concerned about the appearance of wrinkles near your eyes, forehead or brow, a neuromodulator like BOTOX or Dysport could be right for you. Often, fillers and neuromodulators are combined to achieve the desired result.
Am I a Candidate?
Practically anyone who is in good overall health and is looking to turn back the hands of time on their appearance could be a good candidate for facial fillers. We will review your health history and explain any possible side effects to watch for prior to your treatment.
Know that hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved if you are unhappy with your results for any reason, while non-HA fillers like Sculptra cannot. Thus, if you have never had fillers before, HA fillers can be an excellent choice to start.
How Fillers Work
Hyaluronic acid fillers work by temporarily plumping the skin, which smooths lines and wrinkles, giving your skin a brighter and more youthful look and feel. Because HA molecules are able to retain 1,000 times their weight in water, hyaluronic acid fillers are also excellent choices for adding volume to the face and lips.
Other types of fillers work in slightly different ways. Sculptra, which contains a material called poly-L-lactic acid, works by stimulating your skin’s natural collagen production. This process gradually achieves a smoother and more youthful appearance as collagen increases. This quality also allows Sculptra results to last longer than most other fillers — sometimes lasting over two years.
You may notice results shortly after getting facial fillers, although mild swelling, bruising and redness are common side effects directly after your appointment, which can hide your final result. It can take up to two weeks for your final outcome to develop, so we recommend scheduling your appointment at least this far in advance of an important event.
Facial fillers generally last anywhere from 6 to 24 months, depending on the type and brand of filler used. Fillers are not permanent, so touch-up treatments will be required to maintain your results.
Facial Filler FAQ
How much do fillers cost?
Facial fillers generally cost anywhere from around $600 to $1,000, depending on the type and brand of filler and the size and number of treatment areas. The cost can also vary by location, the skill and expertise of your injector and other factors.
How long will my facial filler treatment take?
Most fillers take around 15 to 30 minutes to administer, and there is no downtime afterward.
Do injectable fillers hurt?
Most people say that fillers are a relatively comfortable procedure. We use products that contain a numbing agent to maximize your comfort, as well as topical numbing creams and ice.