The filler arena is constantly advancing and new products are being pioneered. New York facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann Klausner, MD points out that even though many injectables receive FDA-approval and are marketed to consumers, it’s best to trust those that are tried and true. “When it comes to new fillers, there are always those that are great and will revolutionize anti-aging while others are just a fleeting trend and won’t be around long-term because they just can’t survive.”
1. Galderma Emervel
Get it in: Early 2015
How it works: With five different types of hyaluronic acid fillers that fall under the Galderma umbrella, Emervel, “Is going to be huge when it launches because it offers a new range of different filler products that run the spectrum from small to large particles,” says West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologist Kenneth R. Beer, MD. “It’s more of a targeted hyaluronic acid filler because it is engineered differently. But the real question is where it will be FDA-approved for use on the face, which affects how it will be marketed.”
The upside: Ultrasmooth and longer-lasting
The downside: Some doctors speculate that probably only two of the five varieties will make it to the U.S.
Get it in: 2015 (pending FDA-approval)
How it works: Dubbed ATX-101, this unique injectable contours a double chin, which can be caused by aging, genetics and/or weight gain, and can lead to an older and heavier look. Although it’s still in trials as of press time, ATX-101 is a synthetic version of a naturally occurring molecule in the body that breaks down fat. ATX-101 is anticipated to reduce a double chin without the need for liposuction. In clinical studies, most patients experienced improvement in two to four treatments.
The upside: Some patients experience an improvement in skin laxity (although others don’t see a change).
The downside: The injectable requires a series of treatments (given no less than a month apart).
Get it in: Early 2015
How it works: Restylane Silk is the newest member of the Restylane family. A clear hyaluronic acid injectable that’s injected directly into the lips and wrinkles around the mouth, Restylane Silk subtly shapes and defines the lips and smooths the lines around them.
The upside: Like most other fillers, Restylane Silk contains lidocaine to make the injection process more comfortable.
The downside: Results last about six months. Some patients may need to be injected one to two times over a two-week period.
4. Juvéderm Volbella
Get it in: The next year or two
How it works: Seeing the success of Juvéderm Voluma XC, a volumizing filler, Allergan (the manufacturer of Juvéderm products) is set to release Juvéderm Volbella, a hyaluronic acid–based gel filler that will augment lips and fill fine lines on and around the lips. “Volbella has a slightly different cross-linking technology with a shorter hyaluronic acid chain so it flows more easily when it is injected. It’s also a softer and more cohesive filler, so you’ll get smoother results that last for a longer amount of time,” says Dr. Beer.
The upside: Claims to give a smoother, more natural result that also lasts longer (about one year) due to the cross-linking technology. Some doctors say it even gives a pretty sheen to the lips, too.
The downside: It won’t be available for awhile.
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