The Different Types of Injectable Fillers

Know Your Options Before You Decide

Are you trying to decide between a facelift and injectable fillers?

If so, then this is the article for you. We’re going to take a look at some of your options and explain what the differences are.

Injectable fillers have been around for a long time now. In fact, collagen injections have been used to give a person fuller lips or decrease the appearance of wrinkles in the face for decades.

However, there have been several advancements in injectable filler technology over the past few years and more and more people are turning to it instead going under the knife.

Collagen’s successors are promising to last longer than ever before – some of them are even permanent. Which is best for you depends on a number of factors, including what your expected results are.

Uses for Fillers

Injectable fillers can be used for several different purposes. One of the most common uses is to “fill in” the creases, fine lines and deeper wrinkles of the face that occur naturally as we age.

For example, the creases that form from the nose to the mouth—called the nasolabial folds or “laugh lines”—would be an ideal place for this treatment. In addition to minimizing wrinkles, fillers can be used to make lips plumper and to improve the appearance of recessed scars.

Temporary Fillers

Some of the newer temporary options can last up to a year or two, but most average 3-9 months. Which is best for your individual face should be discussed between you and your doctor. Here is a list of the options out there for your consideration:

  • Restylane
  • Juvederm
  • Perlane
  • Radiesse
  • Sculptra

Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane are all made of hyaluronic acid and last the least amount of time—between 3 and 9 months. These products are used for the fine lines around your mouth and eyes, your lips, and even the deeper creases along your mouth.

Radiesse, which is made of calcium hydroxylapatite, can be used all over your face and can last up to a year. However, the results tend to be firmer than the previous options, so it’s best used on deeper wrinkles.

Sculptra, also known as the “liquid face-lift” is comprised of poly-L-lactic acid and can last up to two years. Unlike the other products however, it doesn’t produce immediate results. You have to return to your doctor to receive an injection in the upper facial area once a month for 4-6 months to see full results.

Permanent Fillers

The permanent filler injection is a relatively new thing in the US but it’s been around in Europe for a while now. The only permanent filler that’s currently approved by the FDA is ArteFill.

ArteFill is made of polymethylmethacrylate, and is essentially tiny microscopic spheres suspended in collagen. The idea behind this product is that once the collagen has worn off, the microspheres trigger your body to naturally produce collagen.


Any way you choose to go, the amount of discomfort you should expect to experience from a filler injection can range anywhere from slightly painful to not painful at all, depending on the form of anesthetic used and your personal tolerance to pain.

Numbing cream or a dental block can be used at the injection site to ease the pain. Some people, however, feel they can go without any anesthetic at all. These options, and what you’re comfortable with, should be discussed with your doctor before you start the procedure.

Filler injections can soften the lines of your face to give you a more youthful appearance. Millions of people have had great results with all of these products, and the discomfort will be more or less the same no matter which product you choose in the end. Basically, which of these options is right for you depends on the following questions:

  • Where do you want to see results?
  • How quickly do you want to see results?
  • How long do you want the results to last?

Keep in mind that a lot of people feel more comfortable trying out a temporary filler to see if they’re happy with the way their face looks before moving on to longer lasting or permanent options.

Which one you decide to go with is entirely a personal decision, but regardless of what you decide to do, good luck and let us know how it goes!

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