The terms dermal filler and dermal volumizer are often used interchangeably, although there is a difference. Dermal fillers are materials that are used to replace and augment skin tissue. Over time skin tissue can be affected by heredity, smoking, sun exposure and just normal aging. The tissue becomes thinner and there is less natural filler underneath, leaving wrinkles, folds, and sagging skin. Refilling these areas rejuvenates the face, making both men and women look years younger. Dermal fillers like Juvederm Ultra Plus™, Radiesse™ and Restylane™ show immediate results.
Volumizers are longer-lasting fillers designed to add volume by replacing lost collagen, which is the main structural protein found in connective tissue and provides structure to the face. The most popular and widely used volumizer is Sculptra™ (called a “volumizing filler”), which stimulates the body to produce its own collagen and further fill out the face. Sculptra™ require a series of injections over several months and results can been seen after one to two months.
All dermal filler products are injected into the skin and are relatively painless. There is no down time after receiving an injection, although they can cause temporary swelling, bruising or redness. Topical anesthetics are used to minimize discomfort.
The median retail price for the shorter-acting fillers is $675 per syringe; depending on the age of the client and the amount of correction desired, the treatment may require anywhere from 1 to 4 syringes. The median retail price for volumizing filler like Sculptra™ is $1000 per vial and most people require 3 to 4 vials over the course of one year.
The results of fillers that do not stimulate collagen production–Juvederm Ultra Plus™, Radiesse™ and Restylane™ –typically last about one year, while the results of Sculptra™ can last as long as three years.
These fillers are the most popular and commonly used, but there are other FDA-approved dermal fillers to choose from. To find out which product will be best for your particular situation, visit a dermatologist for a consultation. If you’d like to find out more—and find a better price if you’ve decided a filler is right for you—visit ZendyBeauty.