Dermal fillers are a popular cosmetic treatment which has caught the attention of both young and old, particularly favoured by younger generations due to social media trends and inspiration from favourite celebrities. Recently, a study found that 59% of young adults and teenagers saw treatments like lip fillers comparable to routine treatments like haircuts or manicures.
As dermal filler becomes normalised, you may have noticed an increase in face and lip filler treatments due to its long-lasting effects of added volume and plumpness. In this guide, we will discuss fillers in detail and understand the types available and how to choose the best filler for your patients.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected underneath the skin to address a wide range of cosmetic concerns. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and moisture, leading to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Dermal fillers are used to fill in wrinkle-prone areas such as nasolabial folds, marionette lines and areas whilst creating a smoother, more youthful appearance. They are additionally used to restore volume in sunken areas of the face such as the cheeks and temples as well as enhance the size and shape of thin lips.
What Are Fillers Made With?
Fillers are typically made from 3 different types of substances which are all legally tested and regulated by the relevant authorities. As a clinic, it is your responsibility only to provide approved dermal fillers which will not put your patients in harm.
Below, we outline the most typical active ingredients in popular fillers that are used in the cosmetics industry.
1. Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance already generated in the skin which helps keep your skin plump and hydrated. This is a popular active ingredient which is typically soft and gel-like and provides temporary results lasting 6 to 12 months before naturally breaking down. HA filler is commonly used to improve acne scars, crows feet, deep smile lines, frown lines and much more. Plus, it is the only solution that can be dissolved with hyaluronidase if a patient is no longer satisfied with their new appearance.
2. Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
CaHA is another naturally occurring substance that is found in our bones and takes a thicker consistency than HA fillers. Due to its high viscosity, it is a much more effective solution for moderate to severe lines and creases in the face and typically lasts up to 12 months. A popular example of this is Radiesse’s 1.5ml injectable dermal filler.
3. Poly-L-Lactic Acid
Poly-L-Lactic Acid is a safe, biodegradable synthetic substance known as a “collagen stimulator” that is used to treat deep lines and wrinkles through the production of collagen. As it is a synthetic substance, it can last more than 2 years. An example product includes Sculptra which effectively treats laugh lines, thin lips and smile lines.
How To Choose The Right Dermal Filler For Your Clinic
When it comes to selecting dermal fillers for your patients, there are several factors you should consider including your patient’s goals, the treatment area and the viscosity level of the dermal filler.
Each filler varies based on the product’s viscosity and elasticity levels, which are measured by the G prime (G’). Dermal fillers with a high G prime are firmer and tend to keep their shape which makes it an effective treatment for facial rejuvenation as it can better lift stubborn sagging skin. A low G prime has a much thinner, fluid consistency which means it can easily spread and resolve common issues such as the “tech neck”.
REVOLAX provides a range of HA fillers with varying viscosity levels, so they can be suitably chosen depending on the application area. At LPG Clinics Wholesale, we stock three of their dermal filler products, which we briefly compare below:
- REVOLAX Fine – this filler has the lowest viscosity and is an excellent choice for treating superficial fine lines like crows’ feet. Due to its low G prime, it will last your patient between 9 to 12 months.
- REVOLAX Deep – a popular favourite, REVOLAX Deep has a high viscosity and is often used for effective lip augmentation that can last 12 to 18 months.
- REVOLAX SubQ – this is the thickest filler that offers similar long-lasting results of 12 to 18 months but for more noticeable facial augmentations such as the chin, cheek or jaw line.
In your initial consultation, find out more about your patient’s goal and chosen treatment area and tailor this around the dermal filler viscosity. If your patient is looking for plump, shapely lips, select a filler with high viscosity or if they are looking to treat superficial lines, a lightweight dermal filler is the most appropriate option.