Temporary Fillers

Hyaluronic Fillers are Temporary

A variety of temporary wrinkle fillers are available. Temporary fillers include:

  1. Collagen fillers (Cosmoderm, Cosmoplast, Zyderm, Zyplast). Collagen is a type of protein that is a major part of skin and other tissues in the body. Sources of purified collagen used in wrinkle fillers can be from cow (bovine) or human cells. The effects of collagen fillers generally last for 3-4 months. They are the shortest lasting of injectable filler materials and can cause hypersensetivity reactions. For these reasons, we don’t use them.
  2. Hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm, Restylane) have given consistent results lasting 6-8 months. Radiesse, which is calcium-based, also gives long-lasting results in deeper lines, and is especially good for nasolabial folds.

Case 1: Juvederm was used to fill the wrinkles of the lips. Juvederm is $600 per session and will last 6-12 months. For an isolated area of wrinkling, such as the lips here, it is more cost-effective than laser resurfacing.

If this patient had more extensive wrinkles (such as around the eyes, forehead, etc) laser resurfacing would be a better option.

Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar (polysaccharide) that is present in body tissues, such as in skin and cartilage. It is able to combine with water and swell when in gel form, causing a wrinkle smoothing effect.

Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid, which is chemically modified (crosslinked) to make it last longer in the body (6-12 months). For this reason, many patients prefer the longer-acting preperations.