Dermal fillers are an extremely popular aesthetic treatment in NYC for very good reasons. The procedure is minimally invasive, requiring only injections so there’s none of the risks or recovery time associated with cosmetic surgery. Fillers effectively add volume to improve facial contours and smooth the appearance of wrinkles. However, the change is subtle and natural. It is also temporary, with duration depending on the type of filler used. That can be comforting to first timers. In my experience, though, patients love the results and are eager to schedule periodic touch-ups.
One of the questions I often get from patients new to the soft tissue filler experience is, “Which dermal filler is best?” or sometimes more specifically, “Is Restylane better than other fillers?”
No one product is best. I work with a variety of soft tissue fillers because I believe that each patient deserves a customized program of injectable treatment designed to resolve his or her specific concerns. Each type of filler is FDA approved for a specific purpose, and safe to use off label in experienced hands. I also integrate neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport and light and laser resurfacing techniques into those protocols for maximum rejuvenation.
Restylane, from Medicis, is popular because the brand name gets a lot of marketing exposure, although, Juvederm from Allergan, has been gaining a considerable market share and has developed name-branding. I enjoy working with Juvederm around the mouth because of its versatility, soft-to-the touch feel after its in the skin, and how easy it flows during the treatment. The hyaluronic acid formulation grabs many times its own weight in moisture to add volume and definition to lips. I use it to further enhance the mouth by smoothing nasolabial folds (from nose to mouth) and sad mouth corners. In some cases it is appropriate for forehead lines and crow’s feet, and contouring the chin, nose, and forehead.
No, Restylane isn’t better than other dermal fillers. But it has been one of my powerful tools for delivering more youthful complexions.