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Dermal Fillers for Your Face

Since dermal fillers have been on the rise as an alternative to cosmetic surgery, several different products have been released onto the cosmetic market. With the wide variety of brands, patients are left to work with whatever products their doctors use in their clinics. The truth is that each dermal filler has an approved use for certain area of the face because they all have a distinctive feature that makes them special for resolving certain facial aging conditions.

The common areas of the face that dermal fillers are used for are forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows, bunny lines around the bridge of the nose, lines on the corners of the eye also called crow’s feet, nasolabial folds or parentheses around the nose, cheeks, lip lines, mouth frowns, marionette lines or jowls and the areas around the chin. Each of the popular dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Sculptra and Radiesse are approved for a specific area of the face that shows the best results.

Here is a breakdown of various popular dermal fillers and what areas of the face they are recommended for.

Juvederm XC

Juvederm InjectionsAlso referred to as Juvederm Ultra was the first smooth consistency hyaluronic acid gel, that was FDA approved in 2010 to last up to a year.

Juvederm gained a great deal of popularity because aside from resolving deep dynamic wrinkles by adding volume, it can also be used to contour and shape the filler to look the way the patient desires. This is why Juvederm XC is great for the following facial areas.

Best Way to Treat:
Nasolabial Folds, Cheeks, Chin, Vertical Lip Lines and around the Eyes

Juvederm Voluma

Juvederm VolumaJuvederm Voluma was approved by the FDA last year as a synthetic hyaluronic acid smooth gel that instantly restores volume for up to 2 years. The main feature of this product is to give lift and volume to the upper-mid face without surgery.

Not to mention that the effects of Juvederm Voluma are immediately visible. Juvederm Voluma’s smooth gel technology makes it less painful during injection and easy to mold and sculpt the product once its injected.

Best Method for:
Cheeks, Bunny Lines and Nasolabial Folds


Restylane InjectionsRestylane is known as the first hyaluronic acid filler FDA approved in 2003 for sub dermal facial tissues. Restylane is also used for adding volume, however, this non-animal hyaluronic acid formulation is different because the gel is stiffer which allows for it to maintain its shape.

This does not limit the ability to mold the gel into the tissues, which is why Restylane is better used for more superficial layers of your face.

Best Used for:
Marionette Lines, Lip area, Nasolabial Lines, Forehead Lines, Lower Eyelid area


Perlane InjectionsPerlane was FDA approved in 2007 for correcting moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. Like Restylane, this non-animal hyaluronic acid filler is a stiffer formulation, however, it is a much thicker gel. Perlane is often recommended for deeper lines and sagging faces and because of the thickness of the gel, Perlane is known to last quite a bit longer.

In some cases it is known to last up to 4 months longer than Restylane.

Best Results When Used for:
Cheeks, Chin and Nasolabial Lines


Sculptra ProcedureThis polylactic acid filler was approved by the FDA in 2009 to address shallow to deep lines in the lower half of the face. Sculptra is one of the dermal fillers that work with the patients body to stimulate the production of collagen, which allows the results to last much longer.

This is also why patients can expect the results to appear gradually over a few months.

Best Used On:
Nasolabial Folds, Chin


Radiesse InjectionRadiesse was FDA approved in 2006 as a calcium hydroxylapatite formula, which is a substance naturally found in human bones.

Radiesse is also thicker than the hyaluronic acid fillers available, which allows for the results to last longer and is best for more severe lines and wrinkles.

Best Filler for:
Nasolabial Folds, Marionette Lines and Frown Lines

One of the benefits of using the hyaluronic acid fillers, like Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Restylane and Perlane, is that it’s possible to reverse a treatment if the patient is unhappy with the results. This can be done by using an enzyme called hyaluronidase that dissolves the filler solution. The non-hyaluronic acid fillers, like Sculptra and Radiesse, last longer and are able to hold their shape in the tissues better, but the effects are not reversible. One thing to remember is that because everyone’s body is different, some fillers will be recommended over others depending on the patient and the patients desired results.

Hello, my name is Sonia and I am a thirty-something blogger who loves to write about sports, health, DIY projects, hair and makeup, jewelry and food from India! I also write for a dermatology practice in Knoxville, where I get most of my health knowledge from some of the greatest, well rounded dermatologists. I am a fun-loving, vegetarian that will try anything once. I like to play golf, dance, meet new people and listen to upbeat music.

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