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How to Decide What Facial Filler or Relaxer is Right for Me

Are you looking for a more youthful appearance without surgery? Facial fillers are an excellent development in cosmetic technology that can create younger-looking skin and more defined facial features. Here is how you can find out if they are right for you.

If you are new to the world of cosmetic surgery, then you have probably heard about dermal fillers but may still have some questions that need answering. That is understandable; the world of facial rejuvenation procedures can seem very overwhelming sometimes.

Dermal fillers are injectable anti-aging products that create volume and erase wrinkles, providing a more youthful appearance. These procedures offer many benefits, such as:

  • Rapid treatment
  • Short downtime
  • Long-lasting results
  • Lower cost than surgery

Keep reading to learn if facial fillers are right for you!

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At Peterson Surgery, our team can provide effective dermal injection treatments that are tailored to your needs. If injections aren’t the right answer for you, we also offer a wide range of facial surgeries, including facelifts, eyelid surgery, nasal surgery, dermabrasions, and more!

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Are Facial Fillers Right for You?

The development of dermal fillers has done wonders for the world of cosmetic surgery. The ability to plump certain facial features, remove annoying wrinkles and give your face a lift has been incredible for millions of people worldwide. However, just because facial fillers are amazing, that doesn’t mean that they are right for everybody. Here is how you can decide if fillers are suitable for you and how to differentiate between the various kinds.


Fillers vs. Relaxers

Before we decide what dermal filler is right for you, we need to ensure that what you are looking for can be provided by dermal fillers rather than relaxers.

Dermal fillers are a range of substances that are injected slightly beneath the skin to boost volume, smoothen lines and creases, and enhance facial features. The main products that we use at our Kelowna clinic are Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane. All of these are dermal fillers that have been used by millions of men and women to create a rejuvenated facial appearance at a more affordable cost than surgery.

Wrinkle relaxers are similar to dermal fillers in that they improve the appearance of your face by reducing the impact of wrinkles and face lines. While there are a few products available, the one that dominates the market and that you have likely heard of is botox. Botox works differently than fillers in that rather than injecting to produce more volume and soften wrinkles, Botox is injected to relax the muscles that create wrinkles and signs of aging. Botox does not increase the volume of facial features.


The Types of Fillers

So you have chosen to use dermal fillers for your aesthetic needs, but you aren’t sure how to navigate which filler is right for you. Don’t worry, we will cover the three main ones you need to know about: Perlane, Juvederm, and Restylane.


Before we get into what sets each filler apart, we first must go over what similarities they all share. Here are the similarities of these three dermal fillers:

  • All are made out of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that diminishes in our bodies over time
  • Each filler consists of particles, albeit at different sizes per product
  • All are administered by injection
  • All fillers have a mild downtime of about 1-2 days after injection
  • Results from these fillers can last between six months to one year
  • All of these fillers can limit your wrinkles and improve the volume of certain facial features


Of the three fillers listed, Perlane has the largest particle size in the injected substance. This means that Perlane is designed for use on more well defined facial lines. Additionally, due to the larger particle size, Perlane must be injected deeper into the skin than its competitors.


The particle size, also known as the G prime, of Juvederm, is very small. This means that it is intended for use on smaller wrinkles and lines, as well as in areas where the skin is more delicate such as around the eyes. While Juvederm can be used for many other areas of the face, the most prominent place of usage is around the eyes and forehead.


Restylane and Juvederm are incredibly similar in their formulae, G prime, and usage areas. Both have low G prime levels, meaning that they are made up of small particles and can therefore be injected in delicate areas. While both can be used in areas such as the eyes, lips, nose, and cheeks, most cosmetic surgeons will use Restylane for the lips, nose, and cheeks, leaving the eyes and forehead for Juvederm.


Book Your Consultation for Dermal Fillers Today!

If you are looking for a minimally-invasive method of rejuvenating your facial appearance, then dermal fillers at our Kelowna plastic surgery clinic may be right for you! All of the products mentioned above have been administered thousands of times by our resident plastic surgeon to produce more youthful-looking skin. To learn more about what product is right for your needs, contact us at 250-868-9099 or fill in our contact form below.



Q: What is the best dermal filler?

There is no one answer to this question, and it truly depends on your needs and your doctor's recommendation.

Q: Will fillers make you age faster?

If you use dermal fillers safely, responsibly, and they are administered by a board-certified plastic surgeon, it is doubtful that fillers will adversely impact your aesthetic aging. However, if dermal fillers are overused and abused, they can cause long-term harm to your face. It is important to always talk to your surgeon about all of the effects of fillers and how you can use them responsibly.

Q: How old should you be to get dermal injections?

To get dermal fillers, you first need to be a legal adult. After that, there are no restrictions on what age you need to be to get dermal injections. Most individuals start getting dermal injections between the ages of 30-50.

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