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Overview

The umbrella term ‘Dermal Filler’ here refers to Juvederm, Restylane, Hydrafill or Radiesse. Dermal Fillers generally aim to replace that part of the skin that naturally wanes over time. The two primary components of skin structure and integrity are collagen and hyaluronan (Juvederm, ‘Restylane’ or ‘Hydrafill’). These components are situated in the dermis, beneath the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. A reasonable analogy to a house could be made: the bricks would be collagen and the mortar the hyaluronan. In structural terms neither could be said to be more important than the other, as with a house.

Radiesse is medically known as Calcium Hydroxyapatite, the naturally occurring soft component found anatomically as the soft inner part of our bones. It has been used in orthopaedic medicine for more than 25 years, and  has been very popular in North America in dermatology for more than 10 years.

Over years the dermis thins progressively. You can see for yourself with the naked eye when comparing a 25 year old’s skin with that of an 85 year old’s skin. Older skin appears papery (thinner) and wrinkled (loss of dermal supporting structures, integrity and actual volume). Under the microscope these changes are starkly appreciated.

The Client’s Experience

More and more these days I use Juvederm which has local anaesthetic included with it making the experience quite comfortable.

All these products are injectable treatments.

What are they?

Restylane has been the gold standard treatment for the past 20 years. As above, I use Juvederm more often now because it includes soothing local aesthetic. Radiesse is gaining popularity, not just because of its frequently dramatic results for more prominent facial wrinkles, but also because it lasts up to three times longer than Juvederm/ Restylane/ Hydrafill

Uses

All facial wrinkles, especially lower face, including

  1. Nasolabial lines (from nose to the corners of the mouth)
  2. Marionette lines (lower chin to corners of the mouth)
  3. Lateral laughter lines (on cheeks adjacent to mouth)
  4. Sleep lines (usually vertical lines over the cheeks)
  5. Lip enhancement (creating fuller more youthful lips)
  6. Glabellar (between eyebrows)
  7. Forehead lines
  8. Acne and/ or facial scars

Safety

Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse dermal fillers are used most because of their excellent safety record. For a few hours afterwards some people have redness. Lumpiness on rare occasion may be noticed initially but this is unusual and will improve..

Results

 
Patient 1 - Full face
       
         
 
Before
 
 
After 6 months
 
 
After touchup
   
         
 
 
Patient 2 - Glabella
       
         
 
Before
 
 
After 6 months
 
 
After touchup
restylane   restylane   restylane
         
 
 
Patient 3 - Nasolabials
       
         
 
Before
 
 
After 6 months
 
 
After touchup
restylane   restylane   restylane
         
 
 
Patient 4 - Lips
       
         
 
Before
 
 
After 6 months
 
 
After touchup
restylane   restylane   restylane
         
 
 
Patient 5 - Lips
       
         
 
Before
 
 
After
   
restylane   restylane    
         
 
 
Patient 6 - Lips
       
         
 
Before
 
 
After
   
restylane   restylane    
         
 
Patient 7 - Nasolabial
       
         
 
Before
 
 
After
   
restylane   restylane    
         
 
Patient 8 - Nasolabial
       
         
 
Before
 
 
After 22 months
 

 

Post injection 36 months
restylane   restylane  
         
 
Patient 9 - Lip lines
       
         
 
Before
 
 
After
   
restylane   restylane    
         
 
Patient 10 - Jowl Sulcus
       
         
 
Before
 
 
After
   
restylane   restylane    
         
         

Pros

  1. Quick procedure (sometimes only 15 minutes)
  2. Instant results
  3. Fully reversible
  4. Inexpensive compared with other techniques
  5. Non-surgical
  6. Excellent safety profile
  7. The benefits of Radiesse may last up to two years

Cons

  1. Redness may occur (this settles typically within half an hour but  concealing make up can be used immediately afterwards if desired)
  2. Slight swelling occasionally occurs (it is best to allow a few days for it to settle)
  3. Lumpiness – this is very dependent on operator technique, so choose your clinic carefully
  4. Adverse reactions like allergy and ganuloma formation 1:1000

The Future

juvederm and Restylane last for 3-9 months, whereas Radiesse’s benefits may last up to two years. All of these products can be repeated as often as you like. There is no worry about accumalation because they are gradually removed by the body’s natural turnover mechanisms.

Cost

Juvederm   
from £290 per syringe
Radiesse
£450 for 1.3 ml syringe
£395 for second syringe