New products are constantly being developed, tested and brought to market. Here are the latest offerings that you can expect to see soon.
Xeomin: Xeomin works toward the same goal as Botox and Dysport—blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles—but the difference is in how it is manufactured. New York dermatologist Jennifer MacGregor, MD, explains that Xeomin is void of complex proteins. “Some people make antibodies to the proteins in other neurotoxins. If you’re resistant to the proteins and don’t see much of a benefit, Xeomin may be an option.” It also doesn’t need to be refrigerated like other neurotoxins do.
Belotero: The latest FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler to come to market, this one differs from others in that it is more lightweight. Its smoother consistency allows for it to fill in smaller, more superficial lines, like those around the mouth, and thinner-skinned areas such as under the eyes—it won’t give the skin a bluish tint that many other fillers can. It can be used to correct and fill nasolabial folds, too. But, because it is less cross-linked (lightweight), it may not last as long.
Juvéderm Voluma: The thickest hyaluronic acid to date, Juvéderm Voluma is a short-chain filler that’s highly cross-linked so the hyaluronic acid molecules stick together and last longer. “It allows you to literally pick the face up,” West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologist Kenneth R. Beer, MD explains. While not a line filler, it’s anticipated to be used on the chin, cheekbones, temples and nose to correct volume loss.
Dry Hyaluronic Acid: A completely different type of application, this filler sits on a string and is threaded under the skin to hydrate and swell the area. “Basically, the filler is inserted under the skin and either pulled or pushed the length of the nasolabial crease in a manner similar to how doctors used to put in Gortex,” says Dr. Beer. “It attracts and absorbs water to fill in the area and add volume. But I’m not sure if this method is any better than injecting hyaluronic acid with a needle.”
Know Before You Go: Fillers and injectables may seem to be available almost anywhere, but that doesn’t mean you should go just anywhere to get them. These are cosmetic procedures that need to be performed by a well-trained, educated, medical doctor, like a or plastic surgeon or dermatologist, who specializes in facial anatomy and the effects of aging. “I don’t recommend having them done by a doctor who isn’t familiar with facial anatomy or by anyone at a salon, spa or someone’s house,” says Dr. Beer.