Which Dermal Filler Should I Choose?

The process of aging is often subtle, too slow for us to notice right away. Then, one day, it hits us; we notice forehead wrinkles, crows feet near the eyes, marionette lines. Or maybe you are simply wanting to augment or soften the features of your face, be it the lips, cheeks, or forehead. The decision to explore dermal fillers has been made.

The Juvéderm family of fillers are among the most popular, safe, non-surgical cosmetic solutions on the market. These are hyaluronic acid fillers used in cases of lip augmentation, treatment of marionette lines, reduction of nasolabial folds, cheek lift, and other procedures with the goal of plumping the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and aging.

So how do you decide which option is best for you? While the decision is ultimately best made with the consultation of a plastic surgeon, Spiro Plastic Surgery is here to provide a high-level overview of each product’s offerings. In addition, we’ll go over the general pros and cons of each option.

What is Juvéderm?

Juvéderm is an injectable dermal filler composed of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that adds volume to the skin. Modified HA, such as Juvéderm is used to reduce signs of aging of the face. It is used in smoothing the appearance of wrinkles, making the skin appear plumper and augmentation of the lips. The application of Juvéderm is non-invasive and takes generally around 15-20 minutes. Allergan, the creator of Juvéderm, has designed different options to maximize the desired effect of the filler, as well as where it’s being injected.

Juvéderm Voluma XC

Juvéderm Voluma XC is typically used to treat signs of aging in the midface. This can be good for cheek injections to create a fuller and more youthful appearance. This is great for age-related loss of volume in the midface.

Juvéderm Vollure XC and Juvéderm XC

Vollure XC is great for deep wrinkles within the face and treatment of issues such as nasolabial folds. Juvéderm XC is best for smoothing lines, while Juvéderm Vollure XC has the added benefit of adding volume to desired areas, as well as lasting up to six months longer.

Juvéderm Volbella XC and Juvederm Ultra XC

Both Volbella XC and Ultra XC have been tailored to augment or restore features of the lips. Volbella XC is ideal for those looking to soften vertical lip lines. Ultra XC provides more volume to the lips, while also aiming to maintain a natural look.

Consult A Plastic Surgeon Before Choosing From The Juvéderm Family of Fillers

Dermal fillers have established a long and successful history in restoring or enhancing the beauty of the face. But a factor that is often not necessarily considered is exactly who administers the treatment. In more recent years, there has been a notable increase of healthcare practitioners – such as oral surgery clinics – beyond cosmetic surgeons that are administering dermal fillers. Unfortunately, while these individuals do everything that is needed to legally administer a filler safely, it is unlikely that results will be as consistent as through a plastic surgeon’s office.

This is due to the differences in education. A board-certified plastic surgeon and his or her staff have studied a specific area of medicine, becoming experts is what defines the cosmetic features of the body not just aesthetically, but also biologically. For instance, for more dramatic results, a plastic surgeon may recommend refining the transverse lines of the forehead as part of a surgical brow lift which, while more invasive, could ultimately save money and produce the actual desired result. For the same reason you likely wouldn’t get your teeth cleaned at the plastic surgeon, it’s not advisable to get dermal fillers done at the oral surgeon.

Enhance Your Natural Features with Spiro Plastic Surgery in New Jersey

Do you have any further questions about dermal fillers? Are you ready to look and feel your best? Dr. Scott Spiro is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in West Orange, NJ, near the towns of Short Hills and Montclair, and only 18 minutes from New York City.  He specializes in facial aesthetic surgeries such as SMAS composite Face and Neck lift and blepharoplasty, cheek lift, and fat grafting, and treatments, as well as breast surgery – such as augmentationlift, and reduction. Dr. Spiro also specializes in body contouring procedures like tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) mommy makeover and fat grafting, and breast cancer reconstruction. To schedule a consultation, please contact us today


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