With so many different dermal fillers out there, how do you
choose which one is 'the best?' Do you follow a friends
recommendation? Does price affect your decision? Do you
take the advice of your injector? With over 160 different
brands of dermal filler to choose from it really can be a difficult
decision. Hopefully this blog will help you choose the filler
most suited to your needs.
Out of the 160 different brands of filler available in the UK,
there are less than 10 FDA approved fillers, this means the product
has gone through a strict process to regulate and approve the
product is safe to use. As a practitioner I want a product
that has gone through strict approval as my patients safety is the
most important thing. Brand names such as juvederm,
Restylane, Belotero have all been approved. These
manufacturers will produce clinical studies and safety data.
What Look are you Hoping to Achieve?
Many patients want a natural enhancement, the most common phrase
I hear is "I don't want a trout pout" ie, unnatural look. The
main consideration is the natural shape and size of a patients lips
and what their side profile projection is as this will determine
how much product is required and where it is required to be
injected. Also in the mature patient the surrounding tissues
may be compromised so filler may be required to treat peri-oral
lines (smokers lines) or oral commissures (down turn of the corners
of the lip and hollowing below this area) to create structure prior
to treating the lip area. Another consideration is the
duration of the product. Products like Juvederm Volbella have
clinical studies suggesting the results should last approximately
one year, however many of the other products last approximately 6
months depending on each individual patient.
As a practitioner safety of the product is my first choice and I
always use FDA approved dermal fillers. I choose products
containing lidocaine which is a local anaesthetic as it makes the
procedure more comfortable for my patients, I want a product that
lasts and provides great results and is nice to inject.
My Personal Choice
For a more natural lip enhancement I like Juvederm 3/Smile or
Juvederm Volbella. For someone looking for more volume
Juvederm 4 or Juvederm Volift provides excellent results.
Many clinics use other fillers and this depends on the
Should you wish any more information on lip augmentation, call
the clinic on 0141 882 0027