The heaviest, thickest and most substantial of all hyaluronic acid fillers, SubQ, from the makers of Restylane, is entering the final phase of clinical trials for FDA approval. The name, which stand for subcutaneous (beneath the dermal layer), means this filler is injected deeply and used for larger volumetric changes such as shaping the apples of the cheeks, defining the jawline and shaping the chin. Additionally, it provides a non-particle alternative to longer-lasting fillers like ArteFill, Radiesse and Sculptra, as SubQ results reportedly last two years or more.
With the current range of choices in FDA-approved dermal fillers, and with several others in clinical trials and awaiting approval, it’s important that you consult with a doctor who has experience using several types fillers, can tell you what is recommended for you and why, and will specifically tell you the brand and status of the filler injected into you. Look for your doctor to record this on informed-consent documents that you sign, and to record the lot number of any syringes in your medical chart.
Featured on page 144 of the Summer-Fall 2007 issue of NewBeauty.
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