How to Choose an Injectable Facial Filler

Board-certified plastic surgeons use injectable fillers for an array of cosmetic procedures, like reducing wrinkles and plumping sunken features. Some fillers are referred to by brand name, some by their generic name, and sometimes their uses overlap, so it can be a challenge keeping track of all your options for cosmetic procedures.

With several types of injectable fillers in the anti-aging arsenal, patients concerned about appearance can pursue these non-invasive plastic surgery options. Here is a quick guide to some of the best-known injectables and their uses.


Arguably the most popular filler and most requested cosmetic procedure, Botox is the brand name of a product made from a neurotoxin called Clostridium botulinum. This substance can treat skin by paralyzing tiny muscles whose contractions cause wrinkles. It is commonly applied to reduce wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes.

Botox patients should notice quick results while experiencing nothing more than slight discomfort. After several tiny injections, patients may leave the office and resume their normal daily activities. Moreover, plastic surgeons may sometimes use Botox to relax muscle spasms, relieve excruciating migraines, and reduce excessive sweating.


Radiesse is the brand name for the synthetic injectable filler derived from Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA). Particles of CaHA are suspended in a water solution, which is injected into the treatment area to induce collagen production. The treated areas restore the desired volume and contour to your face. This injectable facial filler can flawlessly reduce wrinkles and skin folds around the mouth and nose and fill some scars. With immediate results, Radiesse tends to last up to or over a year; but patients may schedule follow-up treatments if needed.

While Radiesse is long-lasting and dramatically improves facial counters, it is slightly more painful than other injectable fillers. Patients should discuss their needs with a board-certified plastic surgeon to understand if this treatment is best for them.


As we age, our skin gradually loses its elasticity and smooth appearance. The body’s collagen and hyaluronic production levels decrease as our skin struggles to replenish itself. Restylane injections can fight these naturally occurring effects by mitigating nasolabial folds, frown lines, crow’s feet, and other facial wrinkles. This clear, transparent gel proves effective for reducing glabellar lines – the furrows between the eyebrows. Furthermore, plastic surgeons may recommend Restylane for enhancing the lips, rejuvenating sagging earlobes, and giving an even appearance to hands and feet.

Restylane is a hyaluronic acid-based filler. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane filler is not derived from animal or human sources, so it has the added benefit of having no risk of provoking an allergic reaction. That means no pretesting is required before Restylane injections, making it a remarkably simple procedure with rapid results and no downtime.


Juvéderm is an injectable gel that can erase facial lines like furrows and deep wrinkles developed due to aging. Juvéderm effectively reduces nasolabial folds, the lines that run from the bottom of the nose to the corner of the mouth. The procedure takes about 15 minutes, and no anesthesia is needed, though your doctor may use a topical or injectable anesthetic to minimize any potential discomfort.

Juvéderm comes from hyaluronic acid, a substance in the skin that adds volume and hydration. The results are near-instantaneous and look completely natural. Juvéderm is also the first hyaluronic acid filler the FDA has approved for use on persons of color.

Natural Fat Filler Injections

Aging, surgery, injury, and other causes result in the loss of plumpness in the face. Fat transfer is a natural injectable filler procedure used to reduce creases, wrinkles, and provide volume to the face. Fat is taken from one part of the body and used for fillers, typically in the same locations that collagen fillers are injected.

Since the fat used in the procedure comes from other areas of the patient’s body, the risk of an allergic reaction or rejection is non-existent. While patients may experience slight pain from the fat donor area, natural fat injections have the advantage of long-lasting results with a short recovery time.

Find The Best Injectable Facial Filler with Dr. Sanjay Lalla

Our team at Personal Plastic Surgery is committed to delivering natural-looking injectable facial fillers. Dr. Sanjay Lalla, supported by his trusted nurse practitioner Gina, helps you decide which option best suits your needs. Dial (973) 324-9455 today or visit our Millburn or West Orange offices to get started!