Understanding the Different Types of Dermal Fillers

Understanding the Different Types of Dermal Fillers

Every year, millions of women and men turn to dermal fillers to rejuvenate their skin and improve their facial aesthetics. From smoothing wrinkles and scars and plumping up lips and cheeks to filling in the hard-to-treat under-eye area, dermal fillers are the go-to treatment for helping your skin look firmer and younger.

Today, there are more filler options than ever before, meaning you can get custom results with every treatment. In fact, there are so many filler choices available today, deciding which one is right for your goals can be quite confusing.

At Chicque Aesthetics, located in Greenwich, Connecticut, our team is skilled in a wide variety of dermal fillers and filler types. That means we have the experience and expertise to help you make the right decision. If fillers are in your future, here’s a quick comparison of some of the most popular filler products.

Types of fillers

Fillers use different materials and formulations to achieve varying levels of softness and firmness. That’s why some fillers are better at plumping up the lips or cheeks, while others are better at treating fine, moderate, or severe lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic acid-based fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in your skin, but as with collagen, your body produces less hyaluronic acid as you get older. In your skin, hyaluronic acid helps it retain moisture to keep it firm, plump, and resilient.

Hyaluronic acid fillers have been around for years, and there are several brands featuring different formulations. Our team offers:

Hyaluronic acid-based fillers can last anywhere from four months to a year or longer, depending on where the filler is used and what results you’re looking for.

PMMA-based fillers

PMMA stands for polymethylmethacrylate. In dermal fillers, tiny microspheres of PMMA provide instant volume to fill in lines around the nose and mouth. Once injected, the PMMA microspheres provide volume while the collagen stimulates strong, supportive networks that support your skin over time.

Our team uses Bellafill®, a PMMA-based filler that also contains collagen. Depending on where it’s used, Bellafill can last for five years or longer.

PLLA-based fillers

Not to be confused with PMMA, PLLA stands for poly-L lactic acid, a biocompatible, biodegradable product that’s also used in absorbable sutures. Sculptra® is a PLLA-based filler used to plump up cheeks and restore volume in other areas of the face, all while stimulating the production of natural collagen. Sculptra results last about two years.

Fillers vs. Botox®

Wondering why Botox didn’t make the list? Because Botox isn’t a filler. It’s an injectable, yes — but it works a lot differently. Instead of “plumping up” lines and wrinkles, Botox prevents wrinkles by blocking nerve signals that cause specific muscle contractions. When muscles don’t contract, those tiny lines and wrinkles can’t form.

In fact, Botox treats an entirely different type of wrinkle — dynamic wrinkles, or lines caused by facial movements. The good news: Botox and dermal fillers can be used together to treat wrinkles from your forehead all the way down to your chin, a combination treatment that’s sometimes referred to as a “liquid facelift.”

Fillers are a great way to rejuvenate your appearance without undergoing invasive surgery. To learn more about dermal fillers and how they can help you achieve your own aesthetic goals, call our office in Greenwich, Connecticut, or book an appointment online today.

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