Differences between Dermal Fillers and Dermal Volumizers

Dermal fillers and dermal volumizers fill and enhance areas around the mouth that have lost volume or collagen. As we age, our cheeks sink, our lips lose volume, and we develop “smile lines” around the mouth. Dermal fillers and volumizers correct this by creating a youthful, natural looking mouth and lips.

Standard dermal fillers and volumizers are FDA-approved, and there are a number of different dermal fillers that may be used. Common dermal fillers include Juvederm Ultra/Ultra Plus®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Perlane®. The most common dermal volumizer is Sculptra®.

ZendyHealth provides the differences between popular dermal fillers and dermal volumizers, and how they work.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers work by stimulating new collage production in aged areas around the mouth. Skin tissue is augmented and rejuvenated to correct wrinkles, folds, and sagging skin in both men and women.

How it Works

Dermal fillers, like Juvederm Ultra/Ultra Plus®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Perlane®, all use a clear gel composed of hyaluronic acid to revitalize skin and tissue surrounding the mouth. The hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Dermal fillers use this gel to stimulate and temporarily add volume to the skin.

Dermal fillers provide immediate volume to the injection site, as well as stimulating new collagen growth to create longer lasting results.

What to Expect

Here’s what to expect when using dermal fillers to improve skin appearance:

  • Injection of gel into skin using fine needles, with at most only mild discomfort
  • Immediate results after first injection
  • Several injections may be required depending on patient and desired results
  • Results last approximately 6-12 months, varying based on each individual patient
  • FDA-approved and proven treatment plan that adds volume to the skin
  • Little to zero downtime after the procedure
  • Side effects (redness, swelling, bruising at injection site) should subside quickly

Prices for dermal fillers vary based on amount of correction and specific dermal filler needles. Median retail prices for ZendyHealth’s Board Certified Providers are $675 per syringe (applies for Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane syringes and Radiesse).

Dermal Volumizers

Dermal volumizers work under the same principal as dermal fillers: facial injectable is used to provide a natural and youthful appearance for the mouth. The major difference is dermal volumizers use a different acid (poly-L-lactic acid) and results typically last much longer.

How it Works

Sculptra®, the most common and widely used dermal volumizer, corrects facial wrinkles, folds, and “smile lines” by bolstering and adding volume to the skin tissue. Dermal volumizers work by injecting a gel-like substance into the body designed to promote new collagen growth in the skin.

Sculptra® may take up to 4 sessions to see optimal results and fully corrected facial appearance, but results should begin to be noticeable after the first session. With dermal volumizers like Sculptra®, results should last up to 2 years or longer, depending on each individual patient.

Median retail prices for Sculptra® from one of ZendyHealth’s Board Certified Providers is $1,000 per injection. There is little to no downtime with dermal volumizers as well.

Contact ZendyHealth

If you would like to know more about dermal fillers and dermal volumizers, contact us or check out our website. By submitting an offer from our website, you will be matched with a Board Certified Provider in your area. Our network of specialists will provide smoother facial skin that you desire, at a price you can afford.


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