Dermal fillers are the ultimate anti-aging treatment – they effectively eliminate wrinkles and fine lines almost instantaneously. And they require no downtime. But with so many products on the market now, it’s hard to know which ones are the best to use. One particular ongoing debate is whether hyaluronic acids such as Juvéderm and Restylane are better than more traditional collagen-based fillers. Before we answer this question, let’s consider the virtues of each type of dermal filler.
Collagen fillers are derived either from human or animal skin, including that of cows or pigs. Another key source for collagen fillers is your own body. Sounds strange, right? But autologen is collagen from your own skin that is harvested during a previous operation and processed into liquid form.
Collagen is a key support structure in your skin with its network of fibers that provides a framework for the growth of cells and blood vessels.
Collagen fillers are primarily used to rejuvenate sun-damaged or aging skin. This can include filling in scars and adding volume to enhance the appearance of your face. How do collagen fillers work? Your skin contains multiple layers. Just below the outer layer (epidermis) is a second layer called the dermis. This layer has blood vessels, nerves and hair follicles, but it’s mostly made up of a protein called collagen. Collagen is a key support structure in your skin with its network of fibers that provides a framework for the growth of cells and blood vessels. Collagen is also found in cartilage, teeth and bones. As you age, the collagen support begins to wear down and your skin begins to lose tone. Every time you smile, frown, or squint, you put stress on the collagen in your skin. The effect of these facial expressions is cumulative, and facial lines will inevitably begin to appear.
Treatment may require collagen injections two to four times a year to maintain desired effects.
Collagen injections replenish the skin’s natural collagen. The natural beauty of your skin is enhanced as the contour of the support structure is restored. Zyderm and Zyplast collagen are placed just beneath the skin, in the dermis where the body readily accepts the collagen as its own. CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast are bioengineered human collagen products that are used for similar indications as Zyderm and Zyplast, but have the advantage of not requiring a skin test prior to the first treatment. Just like natural collagen, collagen replacements begin to lose form and will eventually wear down. Treatment may require collagen injections two to four times a year to maintain desired effects.
If you want to reduce facial wrinkles and lines, hyaluronic acid-based fillers such as Juvéderm may be a good choice because of their compatibility with the human body. Hyaluronic acid fillers act like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. They also bring water to the surface of the skin, which keeps it looking fresh and supple.
Why is hyaluronic acid so important? Not only is this substance found in every single living being, it also acts as a network that transfers essential nutrients from the bloodstream to skin cells. High concentrations of hyaluronic acid are found in soft connective tissues and in the fluid surrounding your eyes. It’s also found in some cartilage and joint fluids, as well as skin tissue. During the natural aging process, hyaluronic acid found in the body diminishes. The result? Those annoying lines and folds.
Juvéderm in particular is far superior in both consistency and results than other hyaluronic-based dermal fillers.
Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm replenish your natural hyaluronic acid levels, helping to smooth wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm in particular is far superior in both consistency and results than other hyaluronic-based dermal fillers. It lasts up to twelve months, and it looks more natural because it’s a smoother compound. Best of all, Juvéderm is safe and effective on pretty much all skin types and tones. It’s an especially good choice for people who have tried collagen infections in the past but didn’t get the results they wanted. Juvéderm is also great for facial contouring and can improve the appearance of scars, as well as enhance the size and shape of the lips.
And the Winner Is?
Let’s face it: facial filler treatments have evolved a lot over the years. Not too long ago, collagen was the most popular product for filling facial wrinkles – but today hyaluronic acids like Juvéderm are leading the pack. Unfortunately, collagen doesn’t last as long as Juvéderm, even though both fillers basically do the same thing. Most collagen products require testing for allergic reactions, while Juvéderm doesn’t. There can be between a one and three percent chance of allergic reactions with collagen skin treatments. Such side effects are extremely rare with hyaluronic acid fillers. Finally, Juvéderm is made from hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the body and is responsible for hydrating your skin and replenishing its natural volume. A lot of collagen fillers, on the other hand, are derived from bovine skin or human cadaver tissue. And who’d want that injected into their face?
Did we mention that Juvéderm actually stimulates the body’s own natural collagen production, too? With Juvéderm boasting such fantastic benefits, why even bother with collagen injections at all?
It’s pretty obvious: hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm are better, easier to use, safer and last longer than collagen injections. Even though newer, more improved collagen fillers such as Evolence, have been developed, they’re still nowhere near as effective as products such as Juvéderm.
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