A Breakdown Of The Top Facial Fillers & Which Ones Work Best

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on May 25, 2021

When you struggle with fine lines and wrinkles, your damaged, aging skin can strip away your confidence and make it almost impossible to feel young and healthy.

You can restore youth to a naturally aging face with popular facial rejuvenation treatments chosen by more than one million women and men each year. Injectable dermal fillers and relaxers are considered among the safest cosmetic procedures today. 

You can restore youth to a naturally aging face with popular facial rejuvenation treatments chosen by more than one million women and men each year. Injectable dermal fillers and relaxers are considered among the safest cosmetic procedures today. 

Not only are they proven to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles, but some treatments can add volume and lift cheeks, chins, jawlines, and temples. Others can fill out thin lips and plump sagging hands. While some can reduce the appearance of pitted acne scars, others can enhance cheekbones or erase under-eye circles.

In short, facial injectables can leave you looking more rested and rejuvenated, and your skin will look more healthy and glowing. It’s an effective way to look younger without surgery or downtime.

In this article, we break down the top five facial injectables on the market today so you can decide which ones will work best for you.

Botox Cosmetic

Botox Cosmetic is a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A. Brands of botulinum toxin type A injections are Dysport, Xeomin, and Reujuveau.

Wrinkles are caused by a lack of collagen in the skin, cellular changes in the body, changes in the environment, and exposure to the sun. Botox Cosmetic injectionsCheerful healthy lady is visiting expert beautician can block nerve impulses from being sent to muscles, temporarily eliminating wrinkles and fine lines.

Unlike dermal fillers, injectable botulinum toxins work in an entirely different way. While fillers add volume, neurotoxins like Botox relax the facial muscles to smooth deep wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet, and furrows in the skin. They’re often paired with dermal fillers for optimal facial rejuvenation results.

Benefits

As a cosmetic procedure, Botox Cosmetic injections effectively treat:

  • vertical lines between the eyebrows
  • moderate to severe frown lines around the eyes known as crow’s feet
  • horizontal forehead lines
  • vertical lip lines


In addition, Botox also received FDA approval to treat various medical problems, including:

  • chronic migraines
  • excessive underarm sweating
  • overactive bladder
  • lower limb spasticity

What To Expect

Injections of Botox Cosmetic should be given only by qualified medical professionals. Within a few days of treatment, you will begin to see results that can last up to four months. Most people can resume normal activities after receiving BOTOX Cosmetic injections.

Potential Risk Factors

You can expect the injection to feel like a pinch, with mild temporary side effects such as localized pain at the injection site. Other risk factors include:

  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • neck pain
  • difficulty with vision
  • infection
  • inflammation
  • tenderness
  • swelling
  • redness
  • bleeding
  • bruising


You should not continue with Botox Cosmetic injections if:

  • You have an allergy to the ingredients in Botox Cosmetic.
  • You have an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product.
  • You have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
  • You have a muscle or nerve condition that may result in difficulty swallowing or breathing.
  • You have a spread of the toxin effects to areas away from your injection site.


Sometimes Botox injections may spread to other parts of the body, resulting in botulism. Symptoms may not appear for several days after treatment, but can cause rare, but serious, risks such as:

  • allergic reactions
  • breathing difficulties that may lead to death
  • trouble with swallowing
  • facial drooping
  • voice changes
  • incontinence
  • heart attack


Jeuveau

Jeuveau is a new neurotoxin prescription medicine that is injected into muscles for temporary improvement of the look of vertical frown lines between the eyebrows. AdobeStock_266249998Sometimes referred to as the new Botox or “Newtox”, Jeuveau stands apart from other botulinum toxin injections because it is a better fit for certain types of facial wrinkles.

The active ingredient in Jeuveau is PrabotulinumtoxinA-xvfs, the same active ingredient used in original Botox Cosmetic injections. It was given FDA-approval for the treatment of glabellar lines in 2019.

Benefits

According to Evolus, Inc., the company that makes Jeuveau,  the treatment is “modern-made using Hi-Pure™ Technology” to stop your nerves from telling your facial muscles to flex, temporarily smoothing moderate to severe lines between the brows.

Unlike cosmetic surgery, Jeuveau injections typically don’t require any downtime.

What To Expect

Jeuveau may be a better option if you’re new to botulinum toxin injections. It’s also the best option if you’re looking to specifically treat vertical lines between your eyebrows.

The effects of Jeuveau injections will naturally wear off after several weeks to months. To maintain your results, schedule a new round of injections after at least three months.

People usually resume normal activities almost immediately after treatment. Be sure to avoid rubbing the site of your injections so that the active ingredients don’t spread and cause side effects.

Potential Risk Factors

You can expect redness and pain at the injection site. Other risk factors include:

  • bruising
  • headaches
  • droopy eyelids
  • upper respiratory infections


Sometimes these injections may spread to other parts of the body, resulting in botulism. Symptoms may not appear for several days after treatment, but can cause rare, but serious, risks such as:

  • allergic reactions
  • breathing difficulties that may lead to death
  • trouble with swallowing
  • facial drooping
  • voice changes
  • incontinence
  • heart attack


Kybella

Kybella is the only FDA-approved brand of injectable prescription medicine thatAdobeStock_362052570 destroys fat cells in the treatment area under the chin to improve your profile.

The active ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.

Benefits

Kybella may be right for you if:

  • You’re unhappy, self-conscious or embarrassed by fat under the chin, also known as submental fullness.
  • You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are.
  • You don’t want to have surgery.
  • You eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away.

What To Expect

Treatment can only be administered by a Kybella-trained healthcare specialist. Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. In clinical studies, 59% of patients received six treatments.

The overall recovery timeline is about one month according to Allergan, the company that makes Kybella. People report noticeable effects after 12 weeks or at least two sessions. Maximum results can be seen after six months and are meant to be long-lasting.

Potential Risk Factors

You can expect swelling, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. Other risk factors include:

  • nerve injury in the jaw, which can cause an uneven smile
  • facial muscle weakness
  • trouble swallowing
  • bruising, hair loss, open sores (ulcers), damage and tissue cell-death (necrosis) around the injection site


You should avoid Kybella treatments if:

  • You have an infection in the treatment area.
  • You have medical conditions in or near the neck area.
  • You have trouble swallowing.
  • You have bleeding problems.
  • You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
  • You are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.


Juvéderm

Juvéderm is a brand of injectable dermal filler used to mitigate the effects ofBeautiful young woman getting face filler injections at beauty clinic. Cosmetologist injecting hyaluronic acid into skin of a client during rejuvenating treatment session hyaluronic acid (HA) depletion in the body. As your body ages, HA, a naturally occurring sugar that gives your skin moisture, volume, and elasticity, gradually decreases. As a result, your skin loses volume and wrinkles are more likely to appear.

The main ingredient in Juvéderm is hyaluronic acid. When injected, HA attracts moisture into the skin, plumping up the injection area and producing instant smoothing results.

Benefits

The Juvéderm collection of dermal fillers is used:

  • To add back youthful contours to your cheeks, which naturally flatten over time
  • To smooth moderate-to-deep "parentheses" lines around your nose and mouth, called nasolabial folds
  • To plump up your lips and soften vertical lip lines
  • To boost your skin's own production of collagen, according to research

What To Expect

The effects of Juvéderm can last from six months to two years before the body gradually absorbs the material. Although healing varies from person to person, recovery time is minimal. People are advised to avoid strenuous activity, sun exposure, wearing makeup, and consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours after treatment. Because HA is found naturally in the body, there’s usually no risk of allergic reaction with HA-based fillers.

Potential Risk Factors

You can expect some swelling and bruising. Other risk factors include:

  • redness
  • tenderness
  • lumps or bumps
  • minor pain
  • itching


All of these risk factors usually subside within two to four weeks.


Restylane

Like Juvéderm, Restylane is a brand of injectable dermal filler used to mitigate the effects of hyaluronic acid (HA)Man having facial procedure depletion in the body, which causes your skin to lose moisture, volume, and elasticity. As a result, wrinkles are more likely to appear.

The main ingredient in Restylane is hyaluronic acid. When injected, HA attracts moisture into the skin, plumping up the injection area and producing instant smoothing results.

Benefits

The Restylane collection of dermal fillers is used:

  • To smooth away wrinkles and folds in your face and neck
  • To minimize dark circles under your eyes
  • To add volume to thin lips
  • To correct severe wrinkles and folds like the nasolabial folds
  • To correct volume loss in your cheeks
  • To add fullness to the backs of your hands (FDA approved)
  • To boost your skin's own production of collagen, according to research

What To Expect

Depending on the type of Restylane, results can last up to 18 months, with a full treatment that includes one repeat injection. Results in the cheeks last up to a year, for wrinkles and folds up to six months, and in the lips last up to six months.

Although healing varies from person to person, recovery time is minimal. People are advised to limit your sun exposure afterward to prevent added swelling or bruising. Full results are usually seen within a week after the procedure but you will also see immediate effects since the products add volume when injected.

Potential Risk Factors

You can expect some redness, swelling, or bruising. Other common risk factors include:

  • bleeding, pain, or itching at injection site
  • infection
  • allergic reaction
  • headache
  • tenderness
  • irregularities in the filling that affects in the firmness of your skin


All of these risk factors usually subside within seven to 18 days, depending on the treatment area. You should avoid Restylane if:

  • You are allergic to bacterial protein
  • You are immunocompromised
  • You are taking blood thinners
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You are under age 21

Meet With A Skincare Expert At Proffer Surgical Associates

When you’re searching for the beautiful, youthful skin you’ve always wanted, it’s important to work with a professional medical team you can trust, who are trained and qualified in the facial rejuvenation treatments you desire.

The team of trained surgeons and estheticians at Proffer Surgical Associates has your back. With years of experience helping men and women look their best, we can help you select the best facial fillers for your skin and specific needs.

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Topics: Skin care, Injectables