Have you ever thought about getting facial fillers but don’t know the difference between the options- Botox, Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse? Below is a simple chart that reviews the main differences between the top injectable options on the market.
Botox vs Juvederm and Restylane vs Radiesse
Juvederm and Restylane
|What is it and How it Works||An injection that uses a refined solution of botulinum toxin type A. This toxin eliminates the appearance of wrinkles by blocking the chemical that triggers muscle responses, acetylcholine. This creates a temporary paralysis of muscles at the injection site, thus smoothing skin for a more youthful appearance||These dermal fillers use a hyaluronic acid-based gel to literally “fill in” wrinkles and rejuvenate aging skin||Radiesse uses an injectable gel solution containing microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite, a naturally occurring substance in the body. The microspheres bond to weak tissues and enhance the appearance of aging skin|
|Uses||Facial wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet||Facial wrinkles, crow’s feet, frown lines, acne scars, forehead creases, dark under eye circles, lip augmentation and skin plumping and rejuvenation||Lip augmentation, cheek enhancement, recontouring the chin, nose and jaw, forehead creases, crow’s feet, frown lines, scars and deep wrinkles|
|Other Uses||Migraine headaches and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)||None||None|
|How Long do the Results Last?||4-6 months||6-10 months||2-5 years|
|Side Effects/ Risks||Some temporary side effects are known, mainly bruising, swelling, headaches and eyelid or brow drooping||Their naturally occurring, hyaluronic acid gel means that there is virtually no risk of allergic reaction, and is a very safe filler option with minimal side effects||Because Radiesse uses the naturally occurring human substance of calcium hydroxylapatite, which is non-toxic and biodegradable, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction in patients|
|Average Cost||$300-$400 per syringe||$500-$600 per syringe||$700-$800 per syringe|
In general, injectables are a good option for those with deeper, stubborn facial wrinkles that don’t respond well to topical treatments (i.e. crow’s feet, frown lines, etc). They are also great to enhance facial and lip plumpness if your facial mass is starting to decrease as you age (i.e. sallow, sagging skin). While extremely effective, injectables are not a cure-all. Even after treatment you will still need to use good skin care and take daily care of your skin in order to maintain and enhance your results.
Please note – while the above chart useful as a general overview, be sure to speak with a local expert to determine what is right for you. If you are in the San Diego area, you can call or stop by Vasseur to speak with one of our nurses. Our prices are very competitive and are on the low end of the ranges listed above.