By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012
As the skin ages and is subjected to wear, tear and sun, it falls into disrepair. Production of the three major components of healthy skin— collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid—slows. Collagen is the support system for the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin hold on to moisture. Elastin helps the skin remain elastic and firm. The skin wrinkles and folds. The lips, which are plumped by collagen, thin as well.
Dermal fillers are one of the most widely used treatments for wrinkles, depressed scars and volume loss in the face and body. They are injected just below the top level of the skin, the epidermis.
There are several different types of dermal fillers, distinguished by the material they are made from. Some dermal fillers are made from components that occur naturally in the skin, like collagen and hyaluronic acid. Others are made with artificial substances like poly-l-lactic acid, silicon and PMMA. Another type of filler is autologic -- that is, it is taken from your own body. Most autologic fillers are made from your fat, though Selphyl, a new autologic filler, uses blood.
|Belotero||Belotero is created using a process called Cohesive Polydensified Matrix (CPM) technology. In plain terms, this technique reduces the likelihood of lumps and makes the results last longer. ...more||Belotero costs in the ballpark of $400 to $500 per treatment.|
|Captique||Captique is one of a number of dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid gel currently on the market. Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring compound present in our skin, is crucial for supple...more||$600-$800 per vial. A typical treatment will use 1-2 vials.|
|Hylaform||Hylaform is a dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid, the all-important compound which makes up much of the skin's structure. When injected into the skin, the hyaluronic acid forms a soft...more||At $400-$600 per syringe, Hylaform costs a bit less than most other Hyaluronic acid...more|
|Juvederm||Juvederm is one of the most popular facial fillers. It's largely composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the skin. Juvederm is available in two different strengths:...more||Juvederm is typically priced per syringe. The unused portion of a syringe can be stored for...more|
|Perlane||A hyaluronic acid dermal filler, Perlane has larger molecules than other HA fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, which makes it especially well-suited to very deep facial wrinkles and folds. ...more||Perlane costs $500 to $900 per syringe. It tends to cost a bit more than...more|
|Prevelle Silk||Prevelle Silk is often thought of as a "starter" filler. Based on hyaluronic acid (HA) gel, Prevelle is slightly thinner and has a lower concentration of HA than other popular fillers like more||Prevelle Silk is sold in 1.0 cc syringes. Like all HA fillers, it cannot be stored after...more|
|Restylane||Restylane is a very popular injectable based on hyaluronic acid, used for erasing wrinkles and adding fullness to sagging areas of the face. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that...more||Restylane is a commonly used hyaluronic acid based filler. It comes in...more|
|Silikon 1000||There are many dermal fillers that promise to whisk away wrinkles and plump your puny pout, but few have permanent results. Silikon 1000 is a medical grade silicone oil used to permanently...more||Silikon 1000 is injected into lips, cheek hollows, wrinkles, acne...more|
|Radiesse||Radiesse is a semi-solid implant injected into the skin via needle to fill unwanted wrinkles and lines around the nose and mouth. The artificial substance is made of a calcium-rich compound...more||Radiesse is sold in two different sizes - a 0.8 cc syringe and a 1.5 cc...more|
|Sculptra||Sculptra Aesthetic is an injectable filler that stimulates collagen growth. Sometimes called a "liquid face lift," Sculptra Aesthetic is made from poly-l-lactic acid. Sculptra replaces lost...more||Sculptra is generally sold and priced by vial. The amount of Sculptra...more|
|ArteFill||ArteFill is a permanent filler that combines bovine (cow) collagen and polymethylmethacrylate microspheres. (PMMA, as it's known, is an acrylic material that has been used in implants for a...more||ArteFill is priced per syringe. It is typically available in an 0.8 cc...more|
|CosmoDerm||CosmoDerm is an injectable filler containing collagen. Specifically, CosmoDerm uses collagen derived from lab-grown human cells, making it different from bovine-based collagen treatments,...more||Because CosmoDerm is engineered in a lab from human cells, the injections are expensive to...more|
|CosmoPlast||CosmoPlast is an injectable filler containing collagen. CosmoPlast targets age-related wrinkles, lips that are lacking definition, and noses with bumps or drooping tips. It can add definition...more||Human collagen is notably expensive to produce. A single syringe can cost $400 - $700. But...more|
|Evolence||Evolence is a collagen filler derived from pigs. Collagen from pig tendons is collected, purified, and suspended in a saline solution at 3.5%. Pig collagen is similar enough to human...more||When it was available, Evolence ran about $700 per syringe. Doctors have noted that it took...more|
|Fat transfer (injection)||Yes, those unwanted adipose deposits on your stomach and rear end can be put to good use - plumping up your cheeks and filling up facial lines with autologous fat injections. (Autologous...more||For facial autologous fat injections, the cost usually falls between $1,500 and $4,000 but...more|
|Selphyl||Selphyl, the so-called "vampire facelift"—in which a patient's own blood is injected into the face to stimulate collagen growth—is growing in popularity. Selphyl is an injectable filler which...more||Selphyl is not inexpensive. A typical treatment is about $1,200 for four cubic centimeters.|