Different Types of Volume Replenishment Non-Surgical Face Lifts

When considering volume replenishment treatments, it’s critical to think about factors like the longevity of the results, the downtime associated with the treatment, the reversibility of the filler (hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved if needed), and the potential for allergic reactions, though rare.

It’s also worth noting that while these fillers can provide significant improvements, they are temporary solutions. Over time, the body gradually absorbs the injected substances, so repeat treatments are necessary to maintain the desired effect. Moreover, the skill of the injector is paramount; experienced practitioners can achieve more natural-looking results and manage the balance between correcting volume loss and avoiding an overfilled appearance.

Volume Replenishment Techniques:

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that helps retain moisture and maintain a plump, hydrated appearance. As a dermal filler, it’s the most commonly used injectable for non-surgical facelifts. It works by filling lines and spaces, thus increasing volume and providing immediate results. This type of filler is popular due to its effectiveness and relatively low risk of side effects.

Liquid Facelift

A liquid facelift is a comprehensive approach that combines injectable dermal fillers with muscle relaxants like Botox or Dysport. The dermal fillers restore lost volume and can be used across different parts of the face, such as the cheeks, lips, and around the eyes and mouth. The muscle relaxants complement the fillers by reducing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle movements.

Other Dermal Fillers

In addition to hyaluronic acid, there are other types of fillers such as JUVEDERM®, Radiesse®, and Restylane®. Each has its own unique properties and longevity. For instance, some fillers may be more suitable for deeper injection to recreate lost volume, while others may be better for more superficial placement to smooth out fine lines. The choice of filler depends on the specific areas of the face being targeted and the desired outcome.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) Fillers

A filler like Radiesse® uses microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite in a gel carrier. It not only provides immediate volume enhancement but also stimulates the body’s own collagen production for long-lasting results. It’s often used for deeper wrinkles and folds, contouring, and volume loss in the cheeks and jawline.

Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers

Sculptra® is a filler that contains poly-L-lactic acid, which acts as a collagen stimulator, helping to gradually restore the look of fullness to facial wrinkles and folds. This type of filler is designed for use in the lower half of the face and can provide results that last up to two years.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Fillers

Bellafill® is an example of a PMMA filler. It provides immediate volume beneath the wrinkle or fold and continues to work by stimulating collagen production. PMMA fillers are considered semi-permanent and can last several years.

Autologous Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting)

This procedure involves taking fat from another area of the patient’s body and injecting it into the face. This not only adds volume but also can improve skin texture. It’s a more natural option since it uses the body’s own fat. However, it requires a more complex procedure and typically has a longer recovery time compared to synthetic fillers.

Polycaprolactone (PCL) Fillers

PCL-based fillers, like Ellansé®, are another option that not only provide immediate correction but are also designed to stimulate natural collagen production over time. They are known for their longevity, often lasting up to two or three years, and can be used for wrinkles, folds, and facial contouring.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers with Added Benefits

Some newer hyaluronic acid fillers are formulated with added benefits, such as antioxidants, which can provide additional improvements to skin quality. Examples include fillers that contain lidocaine for a more comfortable injection experience.

Combination Treatments

Often, practitioners will use a combination of different fillers to achieve the best results. For example, a robust filler may be used to rebuild cheekbones, while a softer filler may be used for fine lines around the lips.

How Long do Results Last

The frequency at which volume replenishment treatments should be repeated to maintain the best results can vary widely depending on the type of filler used, the area treated, the individual’s skin, the rate at which their body metabolizes the filler, and their desired outcomes. Here’s a general guideline for some common fillers:

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

These can last from 6 to 18 months, depending on the specific product used and the area treated. For example, fillers used in areas with less movement, like the cheeks, may last longer than those used around the mouth.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers (CaHA)

Products like Radiesse® can last 12 months or longer because they also stimulate collagen production.

Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers

Sculptra® typically requires an initial series of treatment sessions, and the results can last more than two years. Maintenance treatments might be less frequent due to its long-lasting effects.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Fillers

Fillers like Bellafill® can last up to 5 years or more. Because they are considered semi-permanent, they may require less frequent touch-ups.

PolyCaproLactone (PCL) Fillers

Products like Ellansé® can last between 2 to 4 years, depending on the version used (they come in “S”, “M”, “L”, and “E” types, which denote their longevity).

Autologous Fat Transfer

This treatment can have varying results; some of the transferred fat may last for several years, while some may be reabsorbed within the first few months. Periodic touch-ups may be needed.

Ultimately, the best non-surgical volume replenishment treatment will depend on your individual goals, the characteristics of your skin, and the expertise of the cosmetic professional. A thorough evaluation and a personalized treatment plan are vital to achieving a refreshed, natural-looking outcome.

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Susan Peterson
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