There have been new additions to the two families of relatively safe Hyaluronic Acid fillers recently.
Allergan has introduced the long awaited formulation of Juvederm with lidocaine for added patient comfort. Juvederm is now available in Ultra, Ultra Plus and XC variations.
Medicis also released Restylane with Lidocaine as well as a 2.2cc syringe of Restylane.
These safer HA fillers, now with lidocaine allow for more patient comfort during injections.
For lip injections, patients can now try without dental block numbing. However, patients who still choose to undergo dental blocks for total lip numbness should probably stick with the older, less expensive Juvederm or Restylane formulation without added lidocaine as there is no point spending extra money on the cost of the new formulation if a dental block is to be done prior to the injections anyway.
The larger syringe of Restylane allows for a more cost effective volume restoration of the laugh lines or facial wrinkles and sagging cheeks. While some doctors may simply charge twice the amount of a 1cc syringe, we have chosen to offer the 2.2cc syringe at asignificant discount to help patients achieve their desired and needed volume restoration without worrying about cost.These added versions of Restylane and Juvederm have been long awaited. While no medical substance or drug is 100% safe, Restylane and Juvederm have had very good track records in the US over the last few years.