How do dermal fillers treat marionette lines?
As the body ages, it slows production of elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid, which are essential to keeping the skin firm, elastic, and plump. As these substances degrade, the skin becomes weaker and begins to loosen and sag, causing lines and wrinkles to form.
Dermal fillers treat marionette lines by volumizing the skin, and some formulations boost essential proteins. The added volume from the implanted dermal filler gel lifts the skin, smooths lines and wrinkles, and adds a youthful plumpness to the skin that is often lost due to the process of aging and other harmful environmental factors.
How long do results last?
Aside from the difference in ingredients, the biggest difference between Juvederm and Radiesse is the longevity of the effects of treatment.
Juvederm offers longer lasting results than many other hyaluronic acid-based fillers currently available on the market. On average, the results of Juvederm fillers last from 12 to 18 months, with some patients seeing results up to 2 years after treatment.
The results of Radiesse fillers typically last from 9 to 18 months. Some patients may experience longer lasting results as the skin forms new collagen and is strengthened. It is important to note that the longevity of results varies according to patient and depends on a number of factors, including the lifestyle and age of the patient, as well as the severity of correction required and the injection technique used during treatment.
Juvederm vs Radiesse for marionette lines
Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm are great for marionette lines because they are easy to inject and the results are reversible if the patient is unhappy. Juvederm also hydrates the skin and assists with the intracellular structure. It is most effective on marionette lines that are superficial to deep, and provides a filling effect without the patient looking overstuffed or frozen. Juvederm is favored for its natural-looking results.
Radiesse is also an effective filler for marionette lines. Unlike Juvederm, which is simply a wrinkle filler, Radiesse is a stimulatory filler that boosts the production of collagen within the skin, leaving collagen in its place even after it has been metabolized. For deeper marionette lines, Radiesse may be the best option, as it is thicker and provides more lifting capabilities.
A study comparing Juvederm Ultra Plus and Radiesse found that Radiesse required less filler to achieve the desired effects. While Radiesse does provide some immediate effects, optimal results emerge gradually, as collagen is produced over time. However, different patients will require different treatments, and what will work best for one patient may not be the same for another. The best dermal filler for a patient should be based on the patient’s desired results and facial anatomy.