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Two Fillers. Two Different Uses.

facial fillersFillers are true to their name. They “fill” wrinkles from beneath, pushing the skin back upward where it was formerly depressed by lack of collagen or elastin.

It’s thought that the German physician Franz Neuber, was the first doctor to use fillers. Neuber used a patient’s autologous fat taken from other areas of the body to fill out depressed facial defects. That was way back in the late 19th century! Whoa.

Despite that long-ago introduction, it seems as if dermal fillers really are just coming into their own. More fillers come to the market all the time, each with different targets or specialties. Sometimes, it’s difficult for patients to understand the differences between the different fillers. Take two of Dr. Malamet’s more popular fillers, Restylane and Perlane.

Restylane and Perlane are both made by the same company, QMed of Sweden. And both are hyaluronic acid fillers, meaning they are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body responsible for skin plumpness and hydration.

But that’s where the similarities end. Dr. Malamet uses both of these popular fillers, but for different purposes.

Perlane is three times thicker than Restylane. Because it is thicker, Perlane can potentially be seen under the skin after it is injected. So, Perlane needs to have fat in the injection sites to help hide the filler. Its thickness makes Perlane effective for adding volume to the cheeks, chin, and nasolabial folds. Perlane is designed for moderate to severe folds. And its results last around 18 months.

Restylane has been used much more than Perlane: it has been injected over 11 million times. As mentioned above, it is much thinner in consistency than Perlane. This allows Restylane to flow and spread out when injected. This makes it effective for defining the lip edges or filling the hollows under the eyes. Restylane works well in areas with thinner skin. Restylane results last about one year.

Now that you’re an expert on these two popular hyaluronic acid fillers, do you have areas on your face where you’d like Dr. Malamet use them to add volume and or definition? Call us at 818-380-3130 to ask any questions or to schedule your appointment.