How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
While restoring lost volume is the purpose of dermal fillers, the various fillers accomplish this in different ways. For example, Juvéderm® fillers are a hyaluronic acid (HA) gel, which is a substance naturally occurring in the body to hydrate and nourish the skin. The manufacturing process combines molecular weights of HA in different configurations to achieve the consistency, cohesiveness, and spreadability desired in specific formulas.
A different dermal filler, Sculptra®, focuses on the collagen fiber network. Sculptra® is made of Poly-L-Lactic-Acid (PLLA), which also naturally occurs in the body. In this case, PLLA acts as a collagen stimulator, encouraging dermal to build new, healthy fibers. This process takes more time than HA fillers, but it restores your skin’s collagen fiber network for longer-term support to reduce lines and wrinkles and rejuvenate facial volume. While many HA fillers last 6-12 months, Sculptra® can last up to 2 years before retreatment is necessary.
How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?
As with any other cosmetic procedure, cost is a determining factor in deciding to have dermal filler treatments. Many patients feel the peace of mind from these treatments that their signs of aging aren’t getting worse is well worth the price of the procedure. At LPS, we also offer flexible financing and payment options to help make the decision easier for our patients to invest in themselves.
Factors that influence the cost of dermal fillers are many. Each patient has unique anatomy and varying degrees of volume loss, so the amount of filler to restore more youthful contours will also fluctuate. The amount of filler needed will directly influence the overall cost.
Longwood Plastic Surgery offers a syringe of Juvederm® for $700 and $1,000 for Juvederm® Voluma. They also offer a vial of Sculptra dermal filler for approximately $1,000 out of pocket. Of course, the cost of your treatment will be unique and depend on the amount of filler needed. Some patients may need more or less than a single syringe to achieve their aesthetic goals.