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Dermal Fillers at Buffalo Aesthetics: The difference between dermal fillers?

At Buffalo Aesthetics, we get a lot of questions regarding dermal fillers, use, and ideal options. Each case is dependent on the client and what aesthetic goals they are trying to achieve.


Flow Characteristics of Fillers:

High Lift/low Spread: Firm, more tissue lifting, contouring, firmer, tissue support, less spread

Low Lift/High Spread: Soft, tissue spreading, moves with the face, natural look, less palpable. 


Generic Name: Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Brand Name: Radiesse


Found naturally in human bones, but is biosynthetically produced. Low risk of allergic reaction.

Use: moderate to severe creases, cheek enhancement, and areas of volume loss

Signature: produce natural results, filler doesn’t migrate, with minimal side effects.

Characteristics: Less Spread, More Lift


General Name: Hyaluronic Acid

Brand Names: Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane


Found naturally in your body, especially in soft tissue and skin.

Use:  mild, moderate, and severe wrinkles

Signature: Most popular, reversible, non-permanent.

Characteristic: Moderate spread and lift, dependent on individual product


General Name: Polylactic Acid

Brand Name: Sculptra


Synthetic dermal filler that stimulates your body to produce collagen.

Use: Laugh lines, plump thin lips, treat nasolabial folds.

Signature: doesn’t produce immediate results, stimulates the bodies own production gradually over time. Require 3 monthly treatments with occasional touch-up.


Generic Name: Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA)

Brand Name: Bellafill


Synthetic dermal filler often used instead of collagen replacement therapy.

Use: medium to deep wrinkles, folds, and furrows.

Signature: requires special technique using threading and tunneling methods for applications.

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Dermal Filler at Buffalo Aesthetics: Dermal Filler Questions

Juvederm, Restalyne, HA, and Non-HA fillers are various types of dermal fillers that offer a variety of options, and just as much confusion to the average buyer. Some common Q&A’s that may help guide you in your future decision making regarding dermal fillers. 

What is a filler?

A filler is collagen material made up of synthetic and natural substances.

What is permanent vs non-permanent filler?

Dependent on the type of dermal filler used, the effects of certain fillers can last longer than others ranging from 4 months to 2 years.

Where can I use fillers?

Cheek augmentation, tear troughs, lip enhancement, nasolabial lines, frown lines, deep wrinkles, fine lines.

Should I use half a vial, and save the rest?

No. An open vial can expire. Also, it dramatically limits the ability of your MD from providing ideal results when limited to an amount they must administer.

Can I share a vial?

No. Not only is it not hygienic with potential blood-to-blood transmission, but it dramatically limits the ability of your MD from providing ideal results when limited to a specific amount they must administer.

Filler Side effects?

  • Pain – dependent on each person’s pain threshold, but it is minimal. Pain medication options are available.
  • Swelling/bruising – dependent on the location of filler, vasculature, history of bruising, and amount of filler applied. Bruising reduction options are available.
  • Lumps – dependent on filler. Permanent fillers have greater propensity to cause lumps. Also, each person’s immune system reacts differently which may result in lumps.
  • Allergic Reactions – Rare occurrence. Can Happen on any part of the body. Can results from hours to days after original filler placement.

Why doesn’t my filler look like it did when I first got it?

Your initial results are a product of filler and swelling. After 48 hours, once your swelling subsides, you may lose up to 20% of your volume. Also, some areas are prone to “eating up” more filler than expected, where touch-ups may be warranted. Be aware that everyones results vary regardless of the type of filler used. 

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