Dermal Fillers: Which Injectable is Right For Me?

14 July 2016 / By shumway
Choosing the Right Dermal Filler San Diego

Choosing the Right Dermal Filler San DiegoDermal fillers have proven in recent years to be a cost-effective alternative to cosmetic surgery. Dermal fillers — also known as cosmetic fillers — are used to treat fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth and lips, but they can also help to conceal acne scars and reduce facial folds. Dermal fillers help promote a healthy, youthful appearance. But with all of the options on the market, how do you know which type of dermal filler is right for you?

Take a look below at some of the options we offer at Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego.

Restylane and Juvederm

These products are both sterile gels made from hyaluronic acid. In the natural world, hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is found in the skin. The products created for dermal fillers use no animal elements, and have the highest safety rating of all of the dermal fillers that are currently on the market. They are FDA approved for use in the nasolabial fold, but are often used in other areas of the face as well. Depending on the area you decide to treat, these products can last anywhere from four to six months.

Perlane and Juvederm Ultra Plus

Like the two dermal fillers listed above, these products are cross-linked hyaluronic acids. But they have a higher molecular weight and are thus thicker than the previous two. They are better equipped to handle problem areas that require a bit more density, for example in the cheeks. These products are known to last anywhere from six to nine months after injection.


Radiesse is made from calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance identical to the mineral content of human bone. It’s a wonderful filler for deeper furrows, such as the nasolabial folds.  It can also be used to augment volume over cheekbones or to fill in hollow areas of the cheek. Improvements made with Radiesse last up to three years!


Sculptra is a polymerized form of lactic acid, much like the substance used to make dissolvable stitches. When it’s injected beneath the skin, it acts as a filler, and then works to stimulate the production of collagen as it dissolves, thus adding volume to the cheek – naturally. For optimal results, Sculptra usually requires two or three treatments, and results are visible within two or three months.

Dysport and Botox

Although Dysport and Botox are both sometimes referred to as “fillers,” they work a little differently than those we’ve mentioned above. Rather than addressing wrinkles by lifting, filling, or smoothing the folds, these injectables relax the muscles that cause wrinkles, such as frown lines and crow’s feet. For this reason, they don’t address wrinkles caused by sagging skin, but they can work very well in combination with the fillers that do.

Ultimately, dermal fillers are an excellent choice for people who are looking for a cost-effective and less invasive procedure, but want to see changes in their general appearance. While there is a low risk of swelling and bruising, most people do not experience any adverse side effects.

Looking for gorgeous results? We can help!

At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery, we’ve been helping people all over Southern California fight the aging process and achieve their beauty goals for more than 20 years. If you’re still trying to decide which injectable is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shumway. He’ll listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and help determine your best options for getting the gorgeous, youthful results his patients love him for.