Our facial tissues naturally thin out with age, forming pronounced lines and wrinkles on our faces. The areas around the cheeks and mouth look a little hollow as we lose more subcutaneous fat that supports the skin.
Dermal filler injections can help replace the lost volume to restore a more youthful look. If you are looking for a safe way to achieve your aesthetic goals safely without breaking the bank, you are at the right place.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are implants injected under the skin to restore tissue volume, soften creases, smooth wrinkles, and enhance facial contours. They are an effective and relatively inexpensive way to rejuvenate the skin and improve your appearance without surgery.
Before going for a facial injection, it’s essential to understand what it contains, how it works, and what you can expect after the treatment. We’ll explain what you need to know about RHA dermal fillers.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers
Hyaluronic acid is a clear, gel-like substance that our bodies produce naturally. The largest quantities are under the skin, in the connective tissues, and the eyes. The primary function of hyaluronic acid is to retain water to keep the tissues plump, moist, and lubricated. The levels of hyaluronic acid in your body decrease over the years, contributing to the physical signs of aging. HA injections reverse these changes by replenishing hyaluronic acid beneath your skin.
It renews your appearance by softening facial creases and wrinkles, enhancing shallow contours, and augmenting the lips. The results last six to 12 or more months as the skin gradually absorbs HA molecules. Most HA dermal fillers contain lidocaine to reduce potential post-treatment discomfort.
If you are keen to read your skincare products’ ingredients, you may have come across hyaluronic acid. It’s an essential constituent of many moisturizers due to its high moisture retention capability. However, topical application of the gooey substance cannot restore lost facial tissue. Only injectable HA can do it.
Choosing the Right Dermal filler
With a zillion dermal filler brands, selecting the right option for your aesthetic goals can be confusing. Each manufacturer has different product lines meant for various purposes.
Fillers may have different densities and textures. For instance, an HA filler for rebuilding the cheeks may have larger molecules than another engineered to smooth fine lines. Further, the desired result might dictate the right injection depth.
Your doctor should assess your needs and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan. Be sure to work with a board-certified dermatologist. Also, ensure your physician uses an FDA- approved HA dermal filler to reduce risks.
FDA-Approved RHA Fillers
RHA is a resilient treatment that adapts to facial movements. It contains hyaluronic acid infused with some select chemicals in a controlled manufacturing process. This modification assumes the structure of hyaluronic acid found naturally under your skin.
Types of RHA Dermal Fillers
RHA 2 and RHA 3 fillers are suitable for mid to deep dermal injections to correct mild to severe folds and wrinkles. Revance recommends these products to adults aged 22 and above.
The final product, RHA 4, is a deep dermis injectable for superficial subcutaneous tissue. It helps correct severe facial wrinkles and folds in people aged at least 22 years.
While RHA dermal fillers are relatively new in the United States, they have been in use in Europe for several years.
Cross-Linking in RHA Fillers
Hyaluronic acid in skincare products breaks down rapidly. The body can metabolize it in about 48 hours. To prevent quick degeneration of hyaluronic acid in regular dermal fillers, manufacturers cross-link HA chains with suspended chemical protein chains.
A high-grade filler like RHA requires fewer chemical proteins, minimal modifications, and specialized manufacturing processes. The resultant product highly resembles the naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in our bodies.
When administered properly, RHA yields natural-looking results that can potentially last longer than other dermal fillers. It reverses the signs of aging without attracting the attention of observers.
RHA Fillers and Facial movements
Facial movement is a vital consideration when using RHA dermal fillers. The ideal result of a facial improvement procedure is when the face looks flawless at rest and in motion.
Since RHA is almost the same as natural hyaluronic acid, it smoothly adapts to the tissue, resulting in a softer face-lift. It also allows maximum flexibility. The product delivers matchless results at every angle throughout movements in the most dynamic facial areas.
Which is the Best RHA Dermal Filler?
The main difference between various RHA fillers is the extent of cross-linking. If you are looking to plump your lips or smooth perioral lines, RHA 2 is the best filler. You may also use it to diminish the radial cheek lines and smooth the skin surface when injected into the higher dermis levels.
If you want to correct the commissures and nasolabial folds, your doctor can administer an RHA 3 dermal injection. RHA 4 is the ideal filler for deep lines in the jawline and lower face and deeper nasolabial folds. It may also help in contouring the cheeks.
Precautions Before Filler Injection
Safety should come first when considering any medical procedure. Improper administration of dermal filler can cause bruising, infection, pain, discoloration, lumps, swelling, or exaggerated results. Given that you are paying for a cosmetic procedure, you want to ensure the outcome is satisfactory.
The best way to ensure your safety is by visiting a board-certified surgeon or dermatologist for your dermal filler injections. Certification proves that the doctor completed the training required to administer the treatment you want.
Ask your doctor about their qualification and experience. Request to see some before and after pictures of the patients they have treated before.
Book a Facial Rejuvenation Consultation
It’s prudent to always book a consultation with your doctor to discuss your goals and how the specialist can help you.
Sanova Dermatology is your trusted provider for all your medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology services. We pride ourselves on having a caring professional team and state-of-the-art equipment to reach and surpass your facial rejuvenation goals.