What Is the Difference Between Radiesse and Restylane?

Wrinkles creams have ingredients that will improve your skin, but it can be taxing on your patience to wait weeks for results to finally show up, if they do at all. Dermal fillers, however, are available for in-office treatments and will help you get rid of lines and wrinkles immediately. At Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN, we offer Radiesse and Restylane, two dermal fillers that will give you immediate results and wrinkle-free skin.

What Is the Difference Between Radiesse and Restylane?

Those with the most youthful-looking skin are those who understand the importance of both at-home skincare and anti-aging medicine. At our office, we are proud to carry both Radiesse and Restylane, two reputable dermal fillers that treat the signs of aging by restoring volume beneath the surface of the skin. Both qualify as anti-aging medicine and are collections that have different formulations that specifically target different areas of the face and the hands.

While both of these dermal fillers treat volume loss, they do it very differently. Radiesse is a hyaluronic-acid based filler that plumps the skin from the inside out. Results are immediate and long-lasting. Restylane is a collagen-stimulating filler that when injected into the skin, forces the body to produce more collagen for natural-looking results. Improvements in problem areas are immediate, but results from collagen production are gradual.

Radiesse: A Collagen-Stimulating Dermal Filler

Radiesse is a collagen-stimulating dermal filler made of calcium-based microspheres within a water-based gel. It works to stimulate collagen deep within the skin so that your body can rejuvenate your skin from the inside out. It is different from other fillers of its kind because it is not composed of hyaluronic acid. It is made up of ingredients that when injected into the skin, will promote collagen production for natural-looking, long-lasting results.

Collagen Stimulators

If you have any knowledge of skin health and the aging process, then you know that collagen is key. Collagen, as a beauty supplement, has flooded online retailers, social media, and health food stores. However, the most effective collagen is produced by the body for the body. Powders and liquid supplements can help the skin, but only when collagen production is stimulated deep within the layers of the skin will you see noticeable and dramatic skin improvements.

Dermal fillers that fall into the category of collagen stimulators work by encouraging the body to produce more collagen. This results in an overall improvement of the skin, making it look healthier and more youthful-looking.

How Does It Work?

This dermal filler works by filling the area beneath the skin to restore volume while simultaneously stimulating the body’s collagen production in the area. This filler is unique because even as your body begins to metabolize the ingredients in the filler, you will still see natural results as your body continues to produce more collagen in your problem areas.

What Areas Does It Treat?

Radiesse treats the signs of aging that appear in the lower half of the face, as well as the hands. It can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face including marionette lines and nasolabial folds and will also restore volume to the hands. It treats:

  • Chin wrinkles that form in the shape of a curve across the chin
  • Smile lines that run from the outer corners of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth
  • Marionette lines that run down the sides of the mouth towards the chin
  • Pre-jowl folds that form due to volume loss above the jawline
  • Lines that form at the corners of the mouth that cause your smile to droop downwards

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

The plumping effects that result from this filler are immediate. Once you receive an injection of this dermal filler, you will see an immediate improvement in your problem areas, whether that is in your lower face, your hands, or both areas. You will continue to see an improvement in your problem areas gradually as those areas begin to improve from collagen production occurring deep within the skin over time.

How Long Do Results Last?

The benefit of this particular dermal filler is that it provides long-lasting results. Collagen supplements may only make the slightest difference in the appearance of the skin but dermal fillers like Radiesse that stimulate collagen production create long-lasting effects. These results can last for a year or longer after your initial injection.

Who Is a Candidate?

Those who want to improve the appearance of their lower face, as well as their hands are most likely candidates for this dermal filler. An appointment with an injector before scheduling your treatment is an important step in the process. During this consultation, one of our injectors will make sure that you are a good candidate for this treatment and will then create an individualized treatment plan to get you results.

Restylane: A Hyaluronic-Acid Dermal Filler

Restylane is a collection of dermal fillers with different formulations that effectively treat different areas of the face and the hands. Each formulation has been carefully developed to effectively treat a different sign of aging. Two people who have similar aging issues may have a very different Restylane treatment plan but still get beautiful, natural-looking results.

How Does It Work?

Restylane is a dermal filler made of a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid that closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that the body produces naturally to keep the skin hydrated and supple. When injected into the skin, it plumps hollow areas, restoring volume to areas that have lost it, and smoothes out facial lines, wrinkles, and folds.

What Areas Does It Treat?

Restylane is a versatile collection of dermal fillers that combats the signs of aging all over the face, as well as the hands. Not all dermal fillers are FDA- approved to treat the hands, which is what makes Restylane unique. Those who want to treat the signs of aging on the face and their hands can do so at the same appointment if necessary. This collection of dermal fillers can treat:

  • Hands that have experienced volume loss and as a result are boney with protruding veins
  • Vertical lip lines that form around the mouth due to the aging process
  • Thin lips that are thin due to aging-related reasons, or that are genetically thin
  • Age-related mid-facial volume loss
  • Laugh lines and folds that run from the outer corner of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth
  • Hollow cheeks that have sunken or drooped due to volume loss

The Different Formulations

There are different formulations in this family of fillers that effectively target different areas of the face as well as the hands. These formulations include:

  • Restylane and Restylane-L: correct facial wrinkles and folds, nasolabial folds, and can be injected into the lips
  • Restylane Lyft: corrects nasolabial folds, moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles, and volume loss in the cheeks and hands 
  • Restylane Silk: augments the lips and corrects vertical lips lines, also known as perioral lines
  • Restylane Kysse: adds fullness to the lips, corrects perioral lines
  • Restylane Refyne: corrects moderate to severe lines and wrinkles on the face, including nasolabial folds
  • Restylane Defyne: treats moderate to severe facial wrinkles, including nasolabial folds

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

The results from these dermal fillers are immediate. You will see an immediate improvement in your problem areas right after your initial injection. You won’t have to wait for your results to show up, but they will continue to improve in the days following your treatment as the hyaluronic acid settles into your skin.

How Long Do Results Last?

Different formulations provide results that last for different amounts of time. When injected with one of these fillers, you will experience long-lasting results that last anywhere from six to eighteen months depending on which filler is used during your treatment. During your initial consultation, your injector will provide you with more details about what to expect from your treatment, including the approximate time that your results will last.

Who Is a Candidate?

With so many formulations, many of which are seemingly able to treat the same issues, you must schedule an initial consultation with one of our experts. During this consultation, an expert injector will be able to see your problem areas in person, discuss your health history, and develop a treatment plan based on your needs. They will be able to determine which of these formulations will provide you with the best results.

Radiesse and Restylane FAQ’s

What Happens During Treatment?

Once you undergo an initial consultation, you can schedule your treatment. During this treatment, your injector will clean your skin and then administer injections in the areas that need improvement. Typical appointments take 30 minutes depending on how many areas are being treated.

Do Injections Hurt?

Your injections will be administered with an ultra-fine needle, which allows for the most comfortable experience possible. If needed, a topical numbing cream will be applied before your treatment so that you can remain comfortable and have the best experience while you are here at our office.

How Often Will I Need Injections?

Both of these fillers provide long-lasting results. As soon as you notice that your body has begun to metabolize the ingredients and you start to see the gradual return of wrinkles, lines, or hollowness, you can schedule a follow-up treatment to maintain your youthful-looking skin.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation

If you’re ready to reverse the signs of aging on your face or hands, we have a solution that will give you quick, natural-looking results. Contact us today at Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN and schedule an initial consultation with one of our skincare experts to determine which of these dermal fillers is right for you.