What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable substances used to plump up the skin, fill in wrinkles and lines, and restore lost volume. They're a go-to for those seeking a refreshed appearance without undergoing surgery.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
The magic behind dermal fillers is their ability to replace lost collagen and hyaluronic acid, components that keep our skin looking youthful. As we age, these natural substances decrease, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles. Fillers step in to fill the void (literally), restoring the face's contours and reducing signs of aging.
Which fillers does modMD offer?
Juvéderm, manufactured by Allergan, is one of the most trusted and recognized brands of dermal fillers.
The primary ingredient in Juvéderm is hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar molecule found within the skin. It plays a crucial role in skin hydration, given its unique ability to bind and retain water. In essence, hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a key component in maintaining skin's moisture, plumpness, and youthful appearance.
Juvederm Voluma XC
Primary Use: Cheek Augmentation
Juvéderm Voluma XC is primarily designed and FDA-approved for adding volume to the cheek area. Over time, age-related volume loss can cause the cheeks to flatten and the skin to sag. Voluma XC addresses this by:
Restoring Volume: When injected deep into the cheek tissue, Voluma XC replenishes lost volume, creating a fuller, more youthful contour.
Lifting and Contouring: The added volume provides a subtle lift, helping to reduce sagging and enhancing the overall shape and profile of the face.
Results can last up to 2 years.
Juvederm Vollux XC
Primary Use: Chin and Jawline Reshaping:
Juvéderm Volux is specially formulated to provide a higher lift capacity, making it suitable for sculpting and enhancing the lower face. It can:
Enhance Chin Projection: For individuals with a receding chin or who desire a more pronounced chin, Volux can be injected to provide the desired projection.
Define the Jawline: Age, genetics, or weight fluctuations can lead to a less defined jawline. Juvéderm Volux can be used to sculpt and enhance the jawline's contour, providing a sharper and more defined appearance.
Results typically last 18-24 months
Juvederm Vollure XC
Primary Use: Nasolabial Folds and Moderate to Severe Wrinkles
Juvéderm Vollure XC is FDA-approved for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Nasolabial folds, often referred to as "smile lines" or "parentheses," are the lines that run from the sides of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. With age, these lines can become more pronounced
Volume Restoration: Like other dermal fillers, Vollure XC works by adding volume beneath the skin's surface to lift and smooth moderate to severe wrinkles and folds.
Hyaluronic Acid Integration: Being made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the skin, it seamlessly integrates into the treated area, providing a smooth and natural appearance.
VYCROSS® Technology: Juvéderm Vollure XC utilizes VYCROSS® technology, which blends different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid. This technology contributes to the filler's durability and the natural feel of the treated area.
Results typically last up to 18 months.
Restylane, manufactured by Galderma, was the first dermal filler to be approved by the FDA in 2006.
Restylane, with its hyaluronic acid composition, offers a safe and effective way to counter the visible signs of aging. It works by restoring volume, hydrating the skin, and potentially encouraging collagen production. Whether you're looking to smooth wrinkles, enhance your lips, or add volume to cheeks, Restylane has a range of products tailored to meet specific aesthetic needs.
Primary Use: Lip Augmentation
The HA in Restylane Kysse is cross-linked using Galderma's unique XpresHAn Technology™, ensuring its longevity and optimal consistency for lip treatments.
Lip Augmentation: Restylane Kysse is developed specifically to enhance the volume of the lips, making them appear fuller and more defined.
Wrinkle Reduction: Aside from volume enhancement, Restylane Kysse is also effective in addressing the fine lines and wrinkles that form around the lips, often referred to as "lipstick lines" or "perioral lines."
Improved Texture and Flexibility: Due to its unique formulation, Restylane Kysse doesn't just add volume, but also helps in maintaining the natural movement and texture of the lips. This ensures that lips not only look better but also feel soft and natural.
Results typically last 6-9 months
Primary Use: Nasolabial Folds & Marionette Lines
Restylane Defyne is specifically tailored to treat moderate to severe deep facial wrinkles and folds. This includes the nasolabial folds (those lines that run from the nose to the mouth) and marionette lines (lines from the mouth corners down to the chin).
Maintaining Natural Expression: Thanks to its unique formulation using the innovative XpresHAn Technology™formulation, Restylane Defyne provides results that look natural during facial movement. It ensures that treated areas remain flexible and move naturally with your expressions, whether you're smiling, frowning, or puckering.
Restoration of Facial Volume: Over time, faces tend to lose volume, leading to sagging and a more aged appearance. Restylane Defyne can also be utilized to restore some of this lost volume, providing a more youthful contour.
Results typically last up to 12 months.
What to expect after treatment
It's normal to see some redness, swelling, or even bruising at the injection sites. These usually subside within a few days.
Post care recommendations:
Avoid Rubbing: Don't touch or rub the treated areas for at least 24 hours.
Stay Hydrated: Drinking water helps maintain the filler's plumpness.
Limit Sun Exposure: Sun can reduce the longevity of the filler and cause swelling.
Skip the Gym: Give yourself a day before resuming vigorous activities.