How Do RHA® Fillers Differ from Traditional Facial Fillers?

Facial fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are injectable treatments that are injected beneath the skin’s surface where they blend in, helping to restore a more youthful appearance. Juvederm® is one of the most popular filler families, but the RHA® collection is a newer option you may have heard of. How does RHA® compare with Juvederm®? That’s what Rockland, Maine patients who are searching for the most effective ways to restore smoother skin will often ask us.

These two collections of fillers are both used to soften wrinkles but have major differences. Read on to learn more.

Our skin gets thinner and loses elasticity over time. There are several reasons why this happens. For one thing, there are chemical changes that occur in the skin as we age, leading to reduced production of essential components like collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Furthermore, skin is subjected to stressors from the environment, including UV radiation that breaks down the fibers in the skin, pollution, harsh chemicals, and intense weather conditions. Our lifestyle can also affect the appearance of the skin. Smoking, consuming too much sugar, being too stressed, and having a poor diet are all factors that will be highly damaging to the skin. Even our facial movements involved in talking, eating, and communicating with others can stretch and squeeze the skin.

Juvederm® and other traditional fillers contain hyaluronic acid as their primary ingredient. The filler acts as a placeholder for the collagen, fat, and other elements that can be depleted in the skin. Restoring the hyaluronic acid-based volume gives the skin a smoother appearance. These traditional hyaluronic acid fillers are only intended for static wrinkles, which are always visible once etched into the skin by time. They are often considered to be too stiff to be used on dynamic wrinkles, which are associated with repetitive facial expressions.

The RHA® collection is the first and only fillers to be FDA approved for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. They are designed so that the hyaluronic acid they contain is more similar to the substance that’s found in your skin, so they adapt seamlessly to the movements of the face.

Which option is best for you? Contact Skin Klinic & Day Spa for more information. Call us today at (207) 594-7003 or submit a contact form to schedule a consultation and discover more about what facial fillers can do.