Hyaluronic Acid Fillers vs. Biostimulatory Fillers: Which is Right for You?

Facial fillers can be used to restore volume in areas of the skin where static wrinkles have become etched in due to a lack of collagen, fat, hydration, and other elements. The injectables can also improve the definition of facial contours and round out hollowed or flattened areas where aging has affected the appearance of the mid-face. If you’re thinking of having fillers, you should know that there are two main categories: hyaluronic acid fillers (which have a base made from the carbohydrate that eagerly bonds to water) and biostimulatory fillers (which are also known as collagen stimulators). Our Newton-based team at Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics will help you decide which injectable is best suited for your needs.

Thinning skin is associated with aging, but the problem can also be attributed to sun damage, genetics, and lifestyle factors. Despite the many factors working against your skin, there are ways of restoring a younger appearance. Using skin creams can promote the skin renewal process, and injectable fillers are ideal for mimicking natural body substances.

Regardless of what type off filler you use, all of these treatments have the same purpose: to add soft substances below the skin as a way of temporarily boosting volume.

Despite their common goal, there are also some major differences between hyaluronic acid and biostimulatory fillers: 

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

These injectables contain a natural substance called hyaluronic acid (HA), and their results eventually wear off when the HA gel is metabolized by the body. Most of these fillers last anywhere from six to 18 months, but they wear off faster in areas where there is significant movement. The great thing about hyaluronic acid fillers such as the Juvederm® collection is that it’s easy dissolve them if a patient is unsatisfied with their results. This makes HA fillers a reliable choice for people who are new to injectables. 

Biostimulatory Fillers

Biostimulatory fillers like Sculptra®, Radiesse®, and Bellafill® are regenerating fillers that encourage your cells to gradually create more type 1 collagen to strengthen the support structure of the skin. These fillers provide results with greater longevity, since the collagen-creation process is ongoing. Increasing collagen levels naturally increase volume in the skin with very subtle results and last for years. 

If you have more questions about hyaluronic acid fillers or collagen stimulators, contact Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics to get more details about how these injectables work. Call us at (617) 597-2600 or fill out a contact form to set up a consultation.

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