Restylane and Juvederm Lip Fillers: What are they?
Juvederm is a brand name of a class of synthetic fillers called polyethylene glycol (PEG) based fillers. They have been used in cosmetic products since the 1950’s. These fillers were originally developed for use in medical applications such as sutures, bandages, and surgical staples. However, over time their popularity increased due to their low cost and ease of application. Today, these fillers are commonly used in cosmetic products.
The main ingredients of PEG based fillers include ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, water and sorbitol. These ingredients work together to form a gel-like substance which hardens when exposed to heat or pressure. Some examples of common uses of these fillers are in toothpastes and mouthwashes; however other types of cosmetics may also contain them.
How do they Work?
These fillers are very effective at filling in the gaps between your natural lip color and your teeth. They make it possible for you to wear lipstick without having to apply a new one every day. When applied properly, they will not cause any irritation or breakage of the teeth. Their effectiveness is further enhanced by using them with a moisturizing agent like balm or lotion.
What Are the Risks?
These fillers are not without risks. They can lead to a number of potential side effects. When they enter through your mouth, they may be forced into other parts of your body, such as the lungs and stomach. They may also absorb through the skin. These fillers make take on a different color on certain people. This change in color may range from a very light tan to a much darker brown. Some people may also experience some swelling and pain immediately after the procedure.
Restylane, on the other hand, is a brand name for non-animal (but synthesized in a lab) hyaluronic acid. It is one of many fillers used to plump up wrinkles and give you that youthful appearance. These particular fillers are great for people who have sensitive skin and can’t take other types of fillers. Restilane has a similar effect as Juvederm.
How Does it Work?
Restylane is a popular skin filler. It’s made up of non-animal (but synthesized in a lab) hyaluronic acid. After the injections, the acid is absorbed naturally by the body. It helps to add volume and fullness to the skin, for a “fresher”, more youthful appearance. It can be used as a wrinkle-replacement treatment, such as in the case of smile lines or crows feet, or even deeper wrinkles. The acid is also able to add volume to areas where volume is lost, such as the temples or underneath the lower eyelids. It can also be used for treating acne scars, large pores, and even loss of volume in the cheeks.
How Long Does it Last?
The effects of Restylane should last anywhere from 6 months to a year. The results vary from person to person and it all depends on how your own body breaks down the product. But don’t worry! This is a non-invasive treatment, so the process can be repeated again when needed.
Restylane Side Effects
Some patients can experience temporary bruising and swelling. If you have a history of bleeding disorders or take blood thinning medications, you will not be able to undergo treatment. Other than that, there are very few negative side effects.
First, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin. A needle is used for the filler injection, and the entire treatment process only takes about 10 minutes. You may feel some pain, similar to that of a pinch, but most patients don’t feel any pain at all.
And What About Those Compression Garments?
Many people wonder about the use of compression garments after having injectables applied to the face. The garments are not necessary and will not improve your results. Wearing them may actually cause more harm than good because the garments can cause issues with your skin, such as rashes or breakdown of skin tissue.
Are You a Good Candidate?
If you are interested in filler injections and live in or around Los Angeles, California, contact us today to set up an appointment!
Sources & references used in this article:
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Crosslinked hyaluronic acid dermal fillers: a comparison of rheological properties by SJ Falcone, RA Berg – … of Biomedical Materials Research Part A …, 2008 – Wiley Online Library
Hyaluronic acid fillers: a comprehensive review by KL Beasley, MA Weiss, RA Weiss – Facial plastic surgery, 2009 – thieme-connect.com
A review of dermal fillers in facial plastic surgery by D Bray, C Hopkins, DN Roberts – … & head and neck surgery, 2010 – journals.lww.com