Not all dermal filler injectables are alike, so it matters which one you choose for a specific problem.
At Pure Touch Skin Center, we understand all the ins and outs of the different injectables, and we offer the full lines of both Sculptra® and Restylane® brands. During your initial consultation, our experienced injectors assess your individualized needs and help you choose the right product. Keep reading to learn their recommendation for treating nasolabial folds.
Dermal filler development
Injectable dermal fillers add volume to areas of your face and hands that may have wrinkled or hollowed as you’ve aged. When you’re young, your body produces lots of collagen, a structural protein that gives your skin its taut, even tone. As you get older, though, collagen production decreases, leading to wrinkles, sags, and deep creases. Though some dermal fillers just add volume to collagen-deficient skin, others actually stimulate new collagen production.
Dermal fillers were first introduced in the 1970s, but they had a rocky start. They were made from bovine (cow) collagen, a substance foreign to the human body. That meant the fillers caused allergic reactions in some patients. In addition, the filler triggered a lot of swelling, and the results didn’t last long, so you had to keep repeating the procedure. The newer, safer gels we now know were introduced on the market during the early 2000s.
What are fillers made of?
Dermal fillers are made from a number of substances, but here at Pure Touch Skin Center, we rely on one of the most common and dependable types, hyaluronic acid (HA).
HA is a naturally occurring sugar that attracts and holds moisture, especially in your skin. And because it’s naturally occurring, it’s well-tolerated. The injectable gel plumps up your skin, so wrinkles, sags, and creases disappear for about 6-12 months, the time it takes for your body to absorb all the particles.
Most HA fillers are infused with the anesthetic lidocaine, allowing for minimal discomfort during and after treatment. FDA-approved HA fillers include the Restylane line of products we use here at the office and the Revanesse® line.
Using dermal fillers for deep creases
The Food and Drug Administration has approved different dermal fillers for different conditions. For nasolabial folds, the lines that run from your nose to the corner of your mouth, we use different preparations from the Restylane line of products.
- Restylane Lyft™ addresses smile lines and marionette lines, the deep creases that extend from the corner of your mouth to your chin.
- Restylane Defyne™ also treats deep nasolabial folds as well as marionette lines, so it would be a good choice as well.
- Restylane-L™ treats thin lips, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines, so it, too, might also be a good choice.
Your aesthetician can advise you on which one is best to address your individual concerns while also meeting your aesthetic goals.
If you’re ready to say goodbye to nasolabial folds, give Pure Touch Skin Center a call at either of our locations to set up a consultation with one of our aestheticians, or send us a message online today.