When it comes to cosmetic injections, doctors usually recommend the same products - Juvederm, Restylane, etc. Are doctors paid to recommend certain products and if not, why are these better than some of the other injectables out there?
Are Doctors Paid to Recommend Juvederm?
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The HA's can give very nice results, are long lasting but are temporary.
Juvederm and Restylane are a type of substance known as hyaluronic acid (HA). They are very nice dermal fillers as they can be soft and last a while, but not too long. Remember, you will continue to age and your face will undergo changes. It is nice to not have a product that may be permanent and not 'age' appropriately with your face. A very important factor to achieve a nice result with a filler is, of course, your injector.
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Replenish your supply of hyaluronic acid
Juvederm is composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar. While it is found in our skin and helps provides form and structure, it is lost as a part of the normal aging process. The result is a progressive loss of both the turgor and structure of our skin as this water-loving compound diminishes.
Replacing hyaluronic acid by Juvederm injections is one of the most powerful ways in which to address facial aging with little to no downtime.
Paid Endorsement Not Happening
Physicians are typically not compensated for their endorsement of a product. Juvederm and Restylane are hyaluronic acids, and therefore they have more flexibility than broader molecules like artefill or radiesse. When patients receive a treatment that they like, they will return. Happy return business means a profitable practice in the long term.
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Doctors get paid by patients when they do a good job of injecting a reliable filler and the patient returns because they have confidence they can repeat the performance. Doctors recommend what they have faith will deliver a result that is desired.
Why Juvederm and Restylane are so popular
One of the most popular fillers - Juvederm
The “next generation” of non-invasive skin smoothing procedures is the dermal filler Juvederm. Created by Allergan Inc., Juvederm has a special formulation which differentiates it from all other dermal fillers on the market, part of which is a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid than any other fillers.
Juvederm is non-animal-based, and because it has a smoother consistency, it causes even milder discomfort than most other fillers. When this smooth gel enters the skin, it plumps up lines and wrinkles, effectively filling out, lifting and tightening your entire face.
The application process is quick and painless. It requires only a few injections with a tiny needle, and the results appear almost instantly. One hour in the doctor’s office can take years off of your appearance!
Restylane and Juvederm are among the safest fillers.
The reason Juvederm and Restylane are the most commonly talked about and most commonly used fillers is that they are among the safest, and have a long track record with good quality results (ONLY in the hands of well-trained, artistic, conservative injectors). Ideally one should pursue treatment with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to protect the chances of a safe and good result.
Juvederm: Best All-Around Player in the Filler Game
As physicians, we want to give our patients both performance and value with the least risk possible. This is because when you are happy, we are happy!
Juvederm has become my favorite after having worked with Collagen, Sculptra, Radiesse, Artefill, Artecoll, Captique, Hylaform, etc. So the big question is why? There is no perfect product on the market, but the long lasting form of Juvederm with local anesthetic premixed (JUVEDERM XC Ultra Plus) offers the best combination of the following:
- Long lasting (10-14 months)
- Softness - can be used in lips, cheeks, etc. without obvious lumps/bumps
- Customer Service (no, I am not on the payroll for Allergan!)
- Consistency of product
- Ease and comfort of injection
- Competitive pricing and value for money spent
So take it from someone who has injected just about everything that the FDA has approved for facial contouring...this is the product I use on everyone (including family and friends)!
Juviderm works well
Juviderm is recommended by numerous doctors simply because it works so well as a soft tissue filler! Juviderm (and its cousins Perlane and Restylane) are biological substances that are soft, clear, easy to inject, and well tolerated. As biologic injectables, they are easily integrated into the body's tissues and don't act or feel like foreign substances. Other injectables may be longer lasting, but can shift with time, become lumpy, or can be seen and felt - problems not seen with Juviderm. In certain situations (such as building up bone or replacing fat), another injectable may be better.
Juvederm and Restylane are both Hyaluronic Acid fillers
It sounds like you are asking "why doctors recommend Juvederm and Restylane so much". It may be that you have often heard these two fillers mentioned together because they are both hyaluronic acid fillers and thus have very similar uses. Unlike Radiesse, Sculptra , or Artefil which are NOT hyaluronic acids but are composed of a different material.
When consulting with your provider, they should be suggesting a filler based on the location that you want injected, the amount of correction needed, and whether you have ever had fillers before. These are some of the considerations for choosing the appropriate filler. The hyaluronic acids are FDA approved for facial folds but are very good choices for lip augmentation also. The other fillers on the other hand are excellent for facial folds and cheek augmentation but are not used in the lips.
Because each filler is unique and has different characteristics, it really depends on which product is best suited for your needs and if that particular doctor has experience with certain fillers.
Spend some time reading web sites for the Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in your area and you will feel more comfortable about what questions to ask in planning your treatment.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.