As far as injectable fillers go, Juvederm is an excellent replacement for Radiesse. However, the choice of which to choose should be decided in conjunction with your doctor. There are pros and cons to both fillers. Because every client has a unique body and face, determining the best treatment to reduce and erase wrinkles and folds requires a plan that is unique to you and your body.
Both are FDA approved as injectable filler. The advantage, the Juvederm has, is its design. As mid-line filler used in areas that require a lot of filler, Juvederm Voluma XC is awesome. A good example is in the cheek area. In fact, Juvederm was approved by the FDA as the only filler for instantaneous lifting and filling of the cheek area. Age, bone loss and muscle loss all combine to create:
- Hollow, sunken cheeks
- Sagging around the mouth and jaw.
- Wrinkles in the surrounding areas.
- Folds that appear to be deep and fatty around the mouth and jaw.
By filling and lifting the cheek the skin becomes firmer, and lines, folds and wrinkles in other areas become less noticeable. Both Juvederm and Radiesse can be used to fill in the cheek area. Only Juvederm is reversible and approved by the FDA as a volume injectable for the cheek area. Radiesse does not have FDA approval as mid-level volume filler. Radiesse is best used to fill in lines and wrinkles
TIP: Talk with your doctor about which product would benefit you the most. If you need mid-level filler for the cheek area then consider Juvederm. If you need fine lines and wrinkles filled, then consider either Juvederm or Radiesse.
As an injectable, Juvederm comes premixed with Lidocaine. For clients undergoing injection, there is little to no pain involved. With Radiesse, your doctor will have to administer Lidocaine or mix it into the pre-mixed syringe. Tampering with a premixed syringe can increase the risk of cross-contamination, which can lead to other problems. Given that Juvederm comes premixed with Lidocaine it offers a safer alternative to Radiesse.
Another positive asset that Juvederm offers the client is that it is reversible. By simply injecting hyaluronidase into the site, Juvederm becomes neutralized. In the case of an allergic reaction, this is an outstanding capability that Juvederm has over Radiesse.
TIP: If this is your first time then consider opting for Juvederm as the process is reversible.
Juvederm has been reported to provide benefits that last for as long as 2 years. Radiesse typically lasts 12-18 months. It is possible to receive longer results with Juvederm. Again this is something that highly dependent upon your body and how you aging processes works.
TIP: A consultation with a board certified doctor of plastic facial surgery can help you understand how your body ages and what types of treatment options are available for your specific concerns. Plus, when you fill in the cheek area, and your cheeks lift to where they naturally were, it reduces the sagging weight that pulls or causes folds to appear around your mouth, and jaw. Talking with a professional will help you to understand and see how those changes will reduce other problems.
When it comes to excellent results and the longevity of your treatment the skill and reputation of your doctor or the person doing the injection will also come into play. The more skilled the person doing the injecting, the better the results and potentially, the longer those results last.
TIP: When opting for Juvederm Voluma XC you should choose your doctor carefully. Experience is worth its weight in gold. The experience of the doctor is critical in the outcome and duration of your treatment.
Radiesse is not authorized by the FDS for deep and mid-level augmentation. When used as such, it is being used outside of the recommendations of the FDA. That means the results are subjective and potentially risky. Juvederm Voluma XC did not receive approval from the FDA as filler for fine lines. There are other Juvederm products available for fine lines. An important consideration is that Juvederm uses hyaluronic acid which is produced naturally in our bodies. The acid, which is very mild, has the role of attracting water which provides hydration to the skin. As we age our skin loses they hyaluronic acid as well as collagen. Radiesse is made from calcium beads that are suspended in a gel format. The body absorbs both, but Juvederm has been shown to last longer.
TIP: To join countless clients who enjoy the results of Juvederm for San Diego residents are encouraged to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ataii through the Laser Clinic in San Diego.
About the Author:
Dr. Alexander Ataii, M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Laser Cliniqúe. He is a skilled skin care specialist who focuses on all aspects of the skin both diagnostic and cosmetic. He opened Laser Cliniqúe in 2005 in Coastal San Diego to provide his unique service throughout San Diego County.
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