New formulas and techniques have made dermal fillers a viable option for subtle tweaks like lifting cheekbones, smoothing out wrinkles and defining jawlines.

Dermal fillers – what are my options? - PICTURE - Women's Health & Fitness


Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers  such as Juvéderm, Perlane and Restylane

This is the most popular type of filler, commonly used to treat facial wrinkles and acne scars. Although synthetically produced, the filler substance is almost identical to the hyarulonic acid our body produces naturally to promote skin elasticity and plumpness.

PROS: If any mistakes are made, the work is reversible. A hyaluronidase injection can be used to dissolve the substance.
CONS: They don’t last as long as synthetic fillers.
COST: Priced $500 to $800 per syringe.


Calcium hydroxyapatite fillers– such as Radiesse

This filler contains tiny calcium-based beads in a water-based gel that is commonly used to smooth out smile and marionette lines. It also helps the body produce its own collagen for longer-lasting results.

PROS: Great for deep creases and shallow areas and the effects are seen immediately. The results last between 12 and 18 months.
CONS: Cannot be injected into areas with thin skin, such as around the eyes and lips, as the beads can sometimes be noticeable. It is also not reversible.
COST: Generally you’re looking at around $650 and $800 per syringe.

Poly-L-lactic acid fillers  – such as Sculptra Aesthetic

These are best for treating sagging facial skin or very deep lines that would otherwise be fixed with a facelift. Like Radiesse, these fillers stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen.

PROS: Results last for up to two years, sometimes longer.
CONS: Results won’t appear for at least three months and you will need a minimum of three treatments, especially for filling shallow contours. The effects are also non-reversible.
COST: From $1,000 to $2,500 per treatment.


Botulinum toxin A or B  – such as Botox Cosmetic and Dysport

These muscle relaxers paralyse the tiny facial muscles to stop movements that can cause fine lines such as crow’s feet and brow furrows. Generally, results can be seen a week after the treatment.

PROS: Effects last between three and six months, although fewer treatments are needed over time to keep the skin smooth.
CONS: Regular touch-ups to maintain results.
COST: Typical prices start at approximately $300.

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