Dermal filler injections offer patients a minimally invasive option to improve facial wrinkles and deep folds. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps provide fullness and elasticity. Hyaluronic acid gels can be used to improve laugh lines (nasolabial folds), marionette lines, lip wrinkles, corners of the mouth, other wrinkles, and folds on the face. We use hyaluronic acid gels that contain lidocaine to minimize the discomfort and provide a natural appearing result. The various hyaluronic acid gels offered are listed below:
Juvederm is a cross-linked slightly higher concentration hyaluronic acid gel also derived from a bacterial source. Juvederm achieves its smooth consistency due to an innovative manufacturing process called HYLACROSS™ technology which lasts up to 1 year. Juvederm gives a smoother improvement and can also be injected more superficially.
Restylane is a small gel particle hyaluronic acid derived from a bacterial source which is cross-linked or stabilized to last longer. It is typically injected more superficially into the middle and deep dermis. Restylane works well for more superficial to moderate wrinkles. Restylane lasts about 6 months.
Perlane is a large gel particle hyaluronic acid derived from a bacterial source which is cross-linked or stabilized to last longer. It is designed to be injected deeper into the dermis for improvement of deeper folds and wrinkles. Some Perlane patients maintain results up to 9 months.