Gone are the days of inferior and even dangerous collagen and silicone fillers. Thankfully! There’s a (relatively) new treatment on the block: hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Unlike their predecessors, which left a slightly rubbery effect, hyaluronic acid fillers even wrinkles and smooth furrows, leaving a natural complexion. That’s a facial filler miracle! With celebrities and influencers promoting the wonder treatment, there’s no surprise that it’s sweeping the cosmetic world by storm.
Except, there’s always something new. Amidst a market bustling with brands and products, there’s a myriad of non-hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, both new and old, jostling for supremacy.
So, what’s the difference? Which works better? And what should you be telling your clients? That’s what we’re here to find out.
Hyaluronic acid fillers: What’s the deal?
Hyaluronic acid is by far the most popular dermal filler available. Last year, a staggering 3.4 million injections were completed. With the pressures of video conferencing, that figure is set to repeat in 2021. But what’s in the little vial we inject?
Hyaluronic acid is a soft, gel-like substance injected into the dermis. Unlike other fillers, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found primarily in the eyes and joints. Chemically, it is an anionic, non-sulfated, glycosaminoglycan – appearing like a string of benzene rings with various functional groups connected by an oxygen bond.
It’s this unique structure that gives the compound its amazing properties. Indeed, its water-binding capacity is phenomenal – it can hold up to 1,000 times its volume of water – helping to provide safe subdermal volume after injection.
There are two primary types of hyaluronic acid:
The difference involves creating cross-links between the molecules. Naturally, this affects the consistency and viscosity of the gel, resulting in higher longevity. However, it may not be suitable for fine wrinkles, which require a less viscous, softer treatment.
Examples of hyaluronic acid fillers
There are many different dermal filler brands available. Here are some of our most popular:
Saypha®: Relatively new to the dermal filler world, Saypha from Croma-Pharma has made a big splash. Their range of products has gained a reputation for perfect viscosity, non-animal ingredients, and no skin discoloration.
Belotero®: Specialising in lightweight products to treat fine lines like crow’s feet, Belotero is unparalleled in its effectiveness. The downside: the results don’t last as long.
Juvéderm®: After producing the first hyaluronic acid filler on the market, Juvéderm maintained its reputation for high-quality products. Their Juvéderm Ultra 3, for instance, is renowned for being amongst the best lip fillers available.
Non-hyaluronic acid dermal fillers: What you need to know
Aside from hyaluronic acid, there are four other kinds of non-hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Silicone is no longer included, as it is considered dangerous. These include:
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)
- Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA)
- Calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA)