Restylane is a brand of dermal fillers that add volume and fullness to the skin. They are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the body. The most commonly treated areas are the nasolabial folds (lines running from the nose to the corners of the mouth), lips, and cheeks. Restylane products are also used to enhance the contour of the jawline, correct under-eye hollows, and fill in scars. The procedure is usually quick and relatively painless, and results are typically visible immediately. It is usually a non-permanent dermal filler which means the effect will last several months.
RHA stands for “Resilient Hyaluronic Acid” and is a type of dermal filler. RHA is a family of dermal fillers made from a modified form of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is found in the body and helps to hydrate and plump the skin. RHA fillers are developed to mimic the way the skin naturally moves and adapts to facial expressions, which means they can be used in a variety of areas of the face including nose-to-mouth lines, cheeks, lips, and tear troughs. It is also considered to be longer-lasting than traditional hyaluronic acid fillers, and it typically lasts 12-15 months.
Difference Between Filler and Botox
Botox and dermal fillers are both commonly used in cosmetic procedures to enhance one’s appearance, but they are used for different purposes and work differently.
Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin used to paralyze muscle activity temporarily. When injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve impulses that cause the muscle to contract, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by muscle movement. Botox is most commonly used on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes (also known as “crow’s feet”) to soften wrinkles and fine lines. The effects of Botox typically last for about three to four months.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are injectable gels that are used to add volume and fullness to the skin. They are typically made from a variety of different materials, including hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance found in the skin such as Restylane, Juvederm, and RHA), calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), and poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra). These fillers plump up wrinkles and creases, enhance the lips and cheeks, and improve the appearance of recessed scars. The effects of dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the type of filler used and the location of the injection.
Both Botox and dermal fillers are considered safe and effective when used by a qualified and experienced practitioner, but they are used to target different types of wrinkles and imperfections. Botox is most effective for wrinkles caused by muscle movement, while dermal fillers are better for wrinkles caused by the loss of volume or elasticity. Some common areas for filler injection are nasolabial folds (smile lines) cheeks, jawline, temples, lips, and under-eye area.