There are so many brands of facial fillers on the market these days, many find it hard to decide which is most suitable for them. My two cents’ worth below– hope it helps!
This is the oldest USA FDA approved facial filler, so I guess it can be used as a control to compare all the others! I love to use this brand of filler on the tear troughs and lips because its range e.g. Vital Light and Lip Volume is soft and natural enough for these areas. Perlane and SubQ are harder types suitable for other areas of augmentation but I find it too hard for my liking.
Also a very popular and well marketed brand that is also USA FDA approved. Quite costly though. Its range of Ultra Plus and Voluma is suitable for areas like the nasolabial folds, cheeks, nose and chin. From experience, Voluma tends to give a bit more swelling– I don’t like it for that reason because in the first week, the swelling may give rise to a wrong impression of asymmetry which settles quickly but causes a lot of worry in the meantime. It’s known to last slightly longer for a hyaluronic acid based filler. Its range Ultra seems very effective as a filler for scars and wrinkles.
This is a relatively low profile brand made in Canada but has quite a number of worthy clinical studies to back it. Its range Ultra seems very versatile and gives good results for nasolabial lines, nose, chin and cheeks (in that order of preference). Surprisingly, it gives very little problems– seldom cause lumpiness or migration, and settles very well to give a most natural result. Perhaps the only shortcoming is it doesn’t give as great a volumising / lifting effect as Juvederm Voluma or Radiesse. Revanesse basic, a softer type, also is effective for scars and wrinkles.
I absolutely love the effect this filler gives for the cheeks. The lifting effect is good and immediately visible even with a very little amount, as long as it’s in the right place. I find it best in the cheeks, nose and chin.
An almost permanent filler that can last 2-5 years cos it’s a plastic gel. Considering the cost vs the length of time it lasts, it’s easily the most economical filler. The obvious pitfall is, of course, the risk for lumpiness, as with any longer lasting filler. In the event of lumps, it cannot be dissolved easily like the hyaluronic acid based fillers. You can wait it out or massage it down or opt to remove it surgically.
Filler choice varies, depending on your specific requirements, budget and desired area of treatments. There is no “one size fits all” in this regard. It’s ok even if you may need different fillers for different areas of treatment as they seldom cross react with one another. It’d be worse if you try to force a certain type of filler in an area it is not suitable for. Discuss with your aesthetic doctor what you are looking for and get the best recommendation for you! :)