What Type of Dermal Filler Might Be Right For You

Dermal fillers are becoming the gold standard for non-invasive facial rejuvenation and non-invasive lip augmentation. 

However, not all fillers are created equal. Both the substances used and the texture of the substances influence the final results. For example, in your lips you may want a filler with a soft texture, whereas in your cheeks you may want a filler with a harder consistency that gives you a smooth yet sculpted look. 

To help you make an informed decision, we asked our expert at Medical Aesthetics & Laser, Dr. Safoora Zaka, to explain how two of the most widely used fillers work and what aesthetics goals they’re most suitable for.

Hyaluronic acid-based fillers 

If you’ve never had fillers before and are afraid of developing bumps or facial asymmetry as a result of the treatment, consider hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers. 

The results of hyaluronic acid-based fillers are 100% reversible. You can choose to eliminate the filler with an injection of hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks the protein bonds in hyaluronic acid. Following this injection, you can expect the fillers to dissolve within 48 hours. 


Restylane is a dermal filler used for adding volume to the lips and cheeks, filling in indented scars, and improving the appearance of lines caused by volume loss. 

Restylane is also recommended for adding volume underneath the eyes because it doesn’t attract as much water as other hyaluronic acid-based fillers, leaving you with a smoother result. 

Injectors are more likely to use Restylane to achieve very subtle, natural results. You can expect the product to stay inside your body for six to nine months.


Juvéderm and Restylane are similar, as they can be both used to add volume to the lips and rejuvenate the face. 

However, there are a few differences between Juvéderm and Restylane. For example, Juvéderm fillers attract more water molecules, leaving you with a softer, plumper end result. 

For lips, Juvéderm is usually recommended to patients who want more lip definition, whereas Restylane is often recommended to patients who’d like to focus on lip reconstruction.

Juvéderm lasts anywhere between nine and 12 months. 

Finding the best filler for you

Based on what you want your results to look like, Dr. Zaka can recommend a filler that suits your goals. 

Contact us to schedule an appointment. At Medical Aesthetics & Laser in Walnut Creek, California, we can answer all of your dermal-filler related questions, and our experienced injectors can give you the dermal filler treatment you need to achieve the look you want.

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