For those who want to rid themselves of deep lines and wrinkles, injectable dermal fillers like Radiesse and Juvederm are a powerful answer. Whether it’s to plump up lips, smooth fine lines around the forehead, or ease the effects of wrinkles around the nose and mouth, injectable fillers can help reverse the aging process. The length of time they last depends on which injectable filler you choose. Both Juvederm and Radiesse can be used to plump up a puny lip line or fine lines around the lips and they can also be used to fill in deep, furrowing lines around the forehead, eyes and around the nose and mouth. Unlike plastic surgery, cosmetic procedures like injectable fillers are quick, easy and relatively painless. Injectable fillers also have lower risk of complications which are minimal and can include temporary paralysis, bruising at the injection site, over correction of the wrinkles, swelling, redness and rash.
Radiesse, the brand name for Calcium Hydroxylapatite, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and skin folds around the mouth and nose and can even fill in certain scars. This is great news for men and women that are seeing the first signs of age or would like to conceal bothersome facial scars. However, Radiesse is not recommended for use around the lips because of its large particle size. So if you are only looking to fill your forehead wrinkles as well as plump your lips, Radiesse may not be your best choice. The effects of Radiesse can last 1 to 2 years, which is preferable for those who would rather limit their treatments. Made of calcium hydroxy-lapatitie (a synthetic form of a material found in bones and teeth), Radiesse is mostly used to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, such as nasolabial folds. Radiesse stimulates the body to produce new collagen, used most commonly to treat:
- Nasolabial folds
- Frown lines
- Facial contouring
- Cheek enhancement
- Lip augmentation
- Chin reshaping
Juvederm is an injectable filler containing Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring substance in human tissue. The great thing about that is you are not introducing a foreign substance/chemical to your body. Juvederm can treat folds around the nose and mouth area, frown lines, crow’s feet, and lips which makes it a versatile product to use. This also makes Juvederm a great choice for someone who is treating more than one area. Juvederm is a popular choice among patients looking for a dermal filler that offers long-lasting results. Juvederm is an injectable gel offering a smooth consistency that flows easily into the skin for a more natural look and feel. Typically lasting up to one year, Juvederm is available in two formulas: Ultra and Ultra Plus. Patients can choose which Juvederm formula is right for them based on the desired longevity of the results. Juvederm is used most commonly to treat:
- Facial lines
- Facial shaping
- Lip enhancement
Both Radiesse and Juvederm are FDA approved for most cosmetic procedures. They also both work to add volume and plump fine lines or indents in the face such as crow’s feet and frown lines. Radiesse and Juvederm are convenient injectable fillers because there is hardly any downtime. They are often considered a ‘lunch-time’ procedure which means that you can be in-and-out in very little time.
While Juvederm and Radiesse have similar applications, they are different in many ways. These fillers give a similar effect but are made up of two completely different substances. Radiesse consists of “microspheres that are calcium based in a water-based gel,” while Juvederm is made of Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring hydrator. And although they both add volume and plump problem areas, Radiesse is not suggested for use around the lips, whereas Juvederm can be used on virtually any area. Juvederm can last anywhere from four months to one year, and costs around $500. Although Radiesse can cost twice as much, it provides longer lasting results of one to two years.