Dermal fillers have been a godsend for many anti-aging and cosmetic enhancement patients for years. Dermal fillers are a popular non-surgical way to drastically reduce the appearance of crow's feet, forehead wrinkles and undereye wrinkles, not to mention treat facial lipoatrophy and add volume to thin lips. With new formulas and filler solutions constantly being developed and improved upon, today's anti-aging patients have a slew of filler choices to choose from. One of the newest, FDA-approved dermal fillers to hit the market is EVOLENCE®, a dermal filler recommended for filling in facial wrinkles and pronounced nasolabial folds.
What is EVOLENCE®
Evolence® is one of the newest dermal fillers to be marketed in the U.S. It was approved by the FDA in June of 2008, and it uses porcine collagen that's crosslinked through GLYMATRIX™ technology to fill in facial wrinkles and the nasolabial folds around the mouth and nose. Evolence is not recommended for lip augmentation, as the solution is thicker than hyaluronic acid and doesn't smooth out as easily.
Originally marketed in Europe and Canada, Evolence has become well-known for both its quick effectiveness against facial lines, and for its length of results. While the length of results may vary from patient to patient, Evolence reportedly lasts for about 6 months; some patients even experience results for as long as 12 months. Believed to show its effects more quickly than some other fillers, Evolence is sometimes known as the "event filler".
Because of its slightly thicker formula, Evolence is not recommended by doctors and other patients for lip augmentation. Some patients who have tried injecting Evolence into the lips have complained of lumps appearing after treatment. So to be on the safe side, just stick to Evolence for eliminating facial wrinkles, frown lines, and pronounced nasolabial folds.
Evolence patients who are eager for a slightly smoother solution, or for an Evolence product that is appropriate for the lips, the answer might come out later this year. EVOLENCE® BREEZE™ purportedly utilizes a finer mixture or strain of the porcine collagen used in the original Evolence, and it's currently awaiting its FDA approval to be marketed in the U.S.
What's in a Dermal Filler?
Because there is such a variety of dermal fillers on the market, there are naturally variances in the injectable solutions used in each one. The most popular fillers to date are Restylane, Juvederm, Radiance/Radiesse™ and Perlane. While BOTOX® Cosmetic still reigns supreme for wrinkle-removing injectables overall, it is actually not a dermal filler, and so it's ineffective in terms of restoring thinning skin and lips—that's where dermal fillers come in. They are all-purpose injectables designed to rejuvenate and treat most aging facial skin symptoms; wrinkles, loss of facial fat and thin lips are the skin problems most commonly treated with dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers may use collagen, hyaluronic acid, or even synthetic polymer materials to fill in the face and the lips. The first injectable dermal fillers were made from bovine, or cow-derived, collagen. Unfortunately this caused some patients to develop allergic reactions to treatment. Since then, human and other natural collagen types, such as porcine collagen, have been developed for safer, more successful filler results. Porcine collagen so closely mimics the structure of human collagen that is safe for virtually all patients to use.
Which Dermal Filler is Right for Me?
If you are interested in using a dermal filler such as Evolence, Juvederm or Restylane to treat your facial wrinkles, thin lips or aging skin, make sure you have a qualified cosmetic specialist perform the injections.
A licensed aesthetician, dermatologist or plastic surgeon with experience using injectables can recommend the best formula for you, based on your skin's individual structure and needs. They will also have insight into each filler's risks and variables, thus they will know which injectable is most appropriate for the treatment area you select.
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