What Dermal Filler is Right for You?

Here in Phoenix, we use dermal fillers to reverse the signs of reduced collagen and fat within your skin. They’re injectables made from hyaluronic acid, a non-animal based substance that occurs naturally within the human body. Fillers can also be used to add fullness to your lips, fill acne scars, and restructure certain facial features.

The various forms of fillers all work to reduce the visible signs of wrinkles. Typically lasting 3¬-4 months for every treatment, all forms of fillers can give you the results you’re looking for. However, while all forms of fillers have been proven successful and safe for all skin types, there are some slight variations within the different forms.

When it comes time to determine which type of filler works for you, we recommend turning to one of our specialists for an expert’s opinion. We’ll help you reach your filler decision by first taking your goals, needs, and concerns into consideration. After these are established, we’ll help you reach a conclusion that’ll be most successful for you.

The different types of fillers used within our facilities at Paradise Medspa include:

  • Juvederm
  • Radiesse
  • Bellafill
  • Belotero Balance
  • Sculptra Aesthetic

Read on to discover the differences in these types of fillers, including how they work and if they’re right for you.


Right now, Juvederm is one of the most popular types of Fillers. Coming in the form of a smooth gel, it’s injected into your facial tissue to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, including nasolabial folds, or what many refer to as their smile lines.

How does Juvederm work?

Recently, a U.S. clinical study was conducted on Juvederm which measured the success of this treatment on 145 patients. Of those patients, 88-90% of them maintained improvement within their folds and wrinkles when measured at the 24-week mark. This proves the successful and effective characteristics of Juvederm.

With results like these, you may be asking yourself, “How does Juvederm work?” Juvederm works by supplying your tissues with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that’s naturally present within your body. And as you age, the amount of hyaluronic acid within your skin depletes.

Juvederm works to reverse the depletion of the hyaluronic acid within your skin. By injecting the serum directly into your tissue, Juvederm aids in the hydration and volume of your facial wrinkles and smile lines. These results are supple and typically last between 9-12 months.

Is Juvederm right for me?

With any treatment, it’s important to understand if it’s right for you. As we previously mentioned, the best way to discover this is by consulting with an expert within the industry. However, before you do, we also recommend weighing the pros and cons so you have an accurate expectation of your treatment and results.


  • Improved appearance of facial wrinkles, folds, and smile lines
  • Clinically proven to work
  • Results can be seen immediately
  • Minimally invasive treatment
  • Treatment can last nine months to a year


  • Bruising, swelling, or firmness may occur
  • Treatment is not permanent


Radiesse is another type of filler that has been proven successful in reducing facial wrinkles. This type of filler targets deep wrinkles and skin folds. Radiesse is popular due to the long-lasting results, which can last up to 18 months, and the short recovery time, with patients typically returning to work the day after their procedure.

How does Radiesse work?

As you age, your skin can lose its natural production of collagen and elastin. With these elements diminishing, your facial structure can sink and your skin can be stripped of its youthful glow. Radiesse, coming in the form of a filler, works to reverse these symptoms.

A filler is typically injected under the surface of the skin to raise or puff up that targeted area. Because the way this form of filler works, this treatment is found most successful in patients who experience sunken-in facial features, deep wrinkles, or severe skin folds. By plumping up those impacted areas, Radiesse can give your skin a much more youthful, lifted appearance.

Is Radiesse right for me?

Before reaching any treatment decisions, it’s important to first weigh the pros and cons of your procedure—and Radiesse is no exception. Before treating your deep wrinkles, sunken cheeks, or skin folds around your mouth, it’s important to be aware the benefits and potential side effects of Radiesse.


  • Smooths out deep wrinkles and skin folds
  • Improves the appearance of sunken facial features
  • Clinically proven to last a year or more in many patients
  • Quick, comfortable, and convenient procedure
  • Minimal downtime


  • Redness, swelling, tenderness, or itching may occur


Like the other forms of fillers, Bellafill is safe and effective for all skin types. However, what makes Bellafill different is that it’s a semi-permanent filler. Lasting more than five years for most patients, it’s the longest-lasting dermal filler on the market. Bellafill is also a popular type of filler because it’s found most successful within larger wrinkled areas.

How does Bellafill work?

Bellafill has been used throughout Europe for more than a decade to reduce nasolabial folds, the medical term for the deep lines that run from the side of your nose to the corner or your mouth. Now used within the United States, with the FDA approval going through more than 10 years ago, Bellafill is one of the most popular forms of fillers on the market.

Bellafill is most popular for its long-lasting results. Coming in the form of a gel filler, Bellafill is made up of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)collagen derived from cows, and lidocaine. This composition is what makes the injectable work so well for a long period of time. The PMMA microspheres present within Bellafill is not absorbed by the body. Because this element is not absorbed, it provides a permanent scaffold within the skin where soft tissue can form. This helps to greatly improve your facial wrinkles and skin folds.

The results of Bellafill typically last more than five years for most patients. To maximize your results, multiple treatments are recommended to be done every 6-12 weeks.

Is Bellafill right for me?

Due to the long-lasting characteristic of Bellafill, it’s crucial to first weigh the pros and cons of this option before making any immediate treatment decisions.


  • Benefits larger wrinkled areas
  • Long-lasting results
  • FDA-approved for the correction of smile lines


  • Initial firmness, sensitivity, or swelling may occur
  • Filler is semi-permanent and can only be removed through a surgical procedure

Belotero Balance

Belotero Balance is another type of filler. This filler comes in the form of a smooth, flexible gel which helps to easily integrate the solution into your facial tissues. Because of the consistency of Belotero Balance, the results appear very natural on most patients. For example, normal facial movements and expressions are maintained and the targeted area typically remains natural to the touch.

Another reason why patients enjoy Belotero Balance over other forms of fillers is because it’s proven to improve the appearance of nasolabial folds, or smile lines, and other etched-lines or wrinkles, such as vertical lip lines. These results are temporary but appear immediately.

How does Belotero Balance work?

Belotero Balance works by injecting hyaluronic acid, or HA, into the targeted area. HA is a component that naturally exists within your body that allows your skin to appear plump, smooth, and youthful. With age, the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases within your skin, leaving you more prone to develop wrinkles and folds.

Belotero Balance can reverse these signs of aging by injecting hyaluronic acid into a specified facial region. By binding the acid with water, this filler fills in wrinkles and folds for an immediate smooth correction.

Is Belotero Balance right for me?

To help determine if Belotero Balance is right for you, it’s important to first establish the pros and cons to this treatment.


  • Immediate results
  • Proven to decrease the appearance of smile lines and other etched-in wrinkles
  • Blends naturally into your skin
  • Results maintain normal movements and facial expressions


  • Temporary results
  • Mild bruising, redness, or swelling may occur

Sculptra Aesthetic

As our last filler to cover, Sculptra Aesthetic is primarily effective for treating smile lines, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles. The main goal of this filler is to target the underlying cause of wrinkles—lost collagen. The results of Sculptra Aesthetic are produced over time, and typically last more than two years.

How does Sculptra Aesthetic work?

The synthetic makeup of Sculptra Aesthetic is derived from a material called poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA. PLLA works to replace your lost collagen and restore your skin’s youthful, vibrant appearance. It’s able to produce these results by placing the injection deep into the dermis layer of your skin. This allows the treatment to last over a long period of time.

Is Sculptra Aesthetic right for me?

Before making any immediate treatment decisions, it’s crucial to first weigh the pros and cons of Sculptra Aesthetic to determine if this is the right option for you.


  • Injection is absorbed within the body in a matter of days
  • No allergy testing is necessary
  • Long-lasting results


  • Multiple treatments are recommended

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the different types of fillers and how they’ll work for you, don’t hesitate to give us a callOur specialists are here to help you through your journey to more youthful skin, whatever that may look like for you.Related post: Dermal fillers: More than just lip serviceRelated post: How long do Dermal Fillers last?

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