Cosmetic Dermal Fillers
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Juvederm®: Also manufactured by Allergan, The Juvederm dermal filler family of products, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006, is a wrinkle filler which contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, is a natural sugar found in the skin which maintains volume and pliability. Juvederm uses a special formulation process which creates a smooth gel that flows easily into the skin, creating smooth, natural looks. The smooth consistency of Juvederm dermal filler also may help to minimize the discomfort that can sometimes occur during the injection procedure. For specific product information from Allergan on Juvederm, go to http://www.allergan.com/assets/pdf/juvederm_ultra_and_juvederm_ultra_plus_fact_sheet.pdf.
Restylane®: Restylane is an FDA-approved cosmetic dermal filler from Medicis and is designed to eliminate wrinkles and folds in the skin of the face and the lips. Restylane is injected into the fine lines of the face or the lips with a very small syringe and results are generally instantaneous and pain-free. Patients have been much more satisfied with Restylane than collagen because it can last up to 60% longer. There are seven products in the Restylane family each of which are formulated for different treatments. The different products: Restylane, Restylane Lipp Restylane Touch Restylane Vital Restylane Sub Q Perlane Restylane For Men, vary by particle size, meaning that it is possible to have a solution created specifically for a patient’s needs using multiple products. For specific product information on Restylane, go to http://www.medicis.com/products/pi/pi_restylane.pdf
Perlane®: While Perlane is a member of the Restylane family of dermal filler product, it is one of the five most popular cosmetic injectables in use today. The primary difference between Restylane and Perlane is that the hyaluronic acid gel particles in Perlane are larger than those found in Restylane. Perlane’s larger gel particles offer enhanced volume and lifting power, ideal for wrinkle and fold correction in deeper layers of the skin. Perlane is commonly used for lip enhancement, wrinkle correction, moderate to severe facial folds, smile lines and thin superficial lines around the eyes, mouth and forehead. For specific product information from Medicis, go to http://www.medicis.com/products/pi/pi_perlane.pdf
Radiesse®: Radiesse FN, from BioForm Medical, Radiesse® dermal filler is the only dermal-filler in the United States with two FDA-approved facial indications. Radiesse is indicated for the correction of moderate to severe folds and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds, as well as for facial lipoatrophy, or facial fat loss, in patients with human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Radiesse consists of calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in gel (carboxymethycellulose). It is used to recontour and lift the cheeks, smooth the jawline, lift the brow, and straighten the nose. The main advantage of this product is the long lasting effects it maintains compared to other fillers. Calcium hydroxylapatite is a normal constituent of bone and in most cases it doesn’t elicit an immune response or allergy. For more information on Radiesse from BioForm Medical, go to http://www.radiesseusa.com/downloads/RADIESSE_Wrinkle_Filler_Instructions_for_Use.pdf