"There are a number of dermal fillers on the market today that can be used either in conjunction with Botox® or alone to fill permanent wrinkles, grooves, depressions and even correct or improve facial structures.
Fillers are widely used today to enhance the lips and cheek bones, lift the corners of the mouth, and eliminate the grooves under the eyes. If the filler is applied correctly to these areas a completely natural and ‘untreated’ appearance may be achieved. As we age a number of factors contribute to how the face and other areas change.
Typically the skin loses its elasticity and its ability to 'bounce' back after facial movements, the underlying muscles begin to elongate, and pockets of fat that give definition and youthfulness to our face, begins to thin and drop. These factors can be addressed and treated with volume replacement through the correct placement of fillers that ultimately will provide patients a more youthful appearance. My firm belief is that if a patient does not go "wow" after his or her filler treatment session then the injecting doctor has not addressed the areas of concern correctly.
Of the 70 or so ‘natural fillers’ or non-animal derived hyaluronic acid fillers on the market today only 3 have FDA and CE approval: the Juvederm family, the Restylane family, and the Hydrafill family (marketed in the US as Softline).
My preference is to only use fillers that have FDA approval as the CE Mark Registration number found for fillers is only for the syringe or the device used for the injecting, and not for the product being injected. The FDA approval is for both the device or syringe used, and the product or ingredients (hyuloronic acid) that is being injected. The importance behind this is a well studied safety and complication profile and clinical studies demonstrating longevity or length of duration in the skin (dermal layers)."
Other FDA Approved NASHA Fillers: