Botox and other muscle relaxants may relax your muscles of facial expression, and keep them from producing temporary or permanent wrinkles in your face, but they will not restore your lost volume. That is where fillers come into play. They will restore the lost volume in your midface, cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and your temples. Restoring lost facial volume keeps you from looking like skin and bones while restoring a youthful fullness to your face.
Currently there are traditional fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Radiesse. These are based upon putting hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapetite into your face to replace the volume that would normally be fat cells in a younger person. These temporary fillers, meaning they last anywhere from 7 months to 2 or 3 years. On the permanent side, Artefill provides long lasting volume restoration.
A new and exciting concept in volume restoration is offered through Sculptra Aesthetic. Its purpose is to grow your own collagen to restore your lost youthful facial volume. Unlike traditional fillers, you do not get the immediate gratification of instant volume restoration. It takes 6-8 weeks to grow out your own collagen to replace your facial volume. Depending on how much volume you need restored, you may need 2-3 sessions. However, the wait is well worth it and your patience will pay off. The restored volume will last longer than most traditional fillers. It will also give you a more natural appearance, especially if you need a lot of volume restored. When you palpate your face, you won’t feel the fillers as you would with a traditional filler. Also, when you animate your face, your facial expression won’t be stiff from having space occupying fillers in your face that hinder your facial expression.