Collagen (i.e. Zyderm, Zyplast, Cosmoderm, Cosmoplast, Cymetra)
Pros: Immediate effect, temporary effect (if you don’t like it not a big deal it’dd go away in 6-8 weeks…), biological material that is abundant in our body, can be used to Plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars
Cons: Short duration of effect (6-8 weeks) means you will require once bimonthly treatment to maintain the effect, requires allergy testing (it is a protein and you have to be sure you are not allergic to it)
Hyaluronic Acid (i.e. Restylane, Juvederm, Captique)
Pros: Immediate Effect, longer lasting effect (6-8 months,biological material that is abundant in our body, can be used to Plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars, can be used to volumize hollowed facial appearance or hollows under the eyes, does not require allergy testing.
Cons: Temporary effect must be repeated every 6-8 months, may cause lump under the skin if injected inappropriately, more expensive than collagen.
Calcium Hydroxyapatite (i.e. Radiesse)
Pros: Immediate effect, longest lasting biological material (1-2 years), mostly used for treatment of the deep facial creases and folds but can be used for recessed scars, lip augmentation, volumizing sunken appearances or for augmentation of the cheek and chin, does not require allergy testing.
Cons: More expensive than hyaluronic acid, temporary (requires maintenance every 1-2 years), must be used with caution in certain areas like lips, and under the eyes because it may cause lumps and bumps with inexperienced injector.
PMMA (Polymethymethacrylate) (i.e. Artefill or Artecoll)
Pros: Longest lasting filler on the market, used for filling the nasolabial folds but may be used to augment volume like an implant.
Cons: Expensive, requires allergy testing, requires more than one treatment (usually two to three depending on the severity of the folds), synthetic (non biological), limited use (not indicated for areas other than nasolabioal folds)