Allergan, Merz and Galderma: Product and Ordering InformationAugust 17, 2016
Are you are considering adding minimally invasive procedures to your practice? With the numerous botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) and dermal fillers on the market, it can be a little overwhelming. I’ve put together this cheat sheet to provide general product information on each injectable product from the following pharmaceutical companies: Allergan, Merz and Galderma. I hope you find this a useful resource and if there is anything you would like to see added – send us a message and let us know!
Allergan: Botox® Cosmetic and Juvederm® Family of Fillers
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Botox® Cosmetic was the first FDA approved BTX-A. It gained FDA approval in 2002 for treatment of glabellar lines. Botox® Cosmetic is used to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles.
Juvederm® Family of Fillers
The Juvederm® family of products are injectable hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Juvederm® XC products include lidocaine for an anesthetic effect. This family of fillers is continuously
Juvederm® Voluma XC
Juvederm® Voluma adds volume to correct age-related volume loss. This product is made for deep injections used during mid face volume restoration. Voluma has a combination of different molecular weights, and can last up to 2 years in some patients.
Juvederm® Ultra Plus XC
This dermal filler is used for deep facial tissue corrections and adds volume to smooth out moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Juvederm® Ultra Plus XC consists of a larger hyaluronic acid particle size that lasts from 9-12 months.
Juvederm® Ultra XC
Juvederm® Ultra XC is made from a smaller hyaluronic acid particle size so it works well for finer corrections around the lips and perioral area. Primarily for lip enhancement and lip augmentation, Juvederm Ultra XC leads to a smoother finish for delicate areas. This dermal filler can last for up to 1 year.
Allergan’s latest addition to the Juvederm® family of fillers is Volbella® and will hit the market in October, 2016. Volbella® will be used to increase lip fullness and to softer the appearance of perioral lines. One of our instructors and members of the Education Advisor Council will be one of the first practitioners to be trained by Allergan with this new dermal filler. It will be interesting to see how Volbella® works with Ultra XC, and when each one is used. Having first-hand experience with Volbella®, our Botox and Dermal Filler Training course will include this information as soon as it is available.
Kybella® is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment for sub-mental fullness (double chin). Made of a synthetic deoxycholic acid, Kybella® destroys fat cells reducing sub-mental fullness. Once the aesthetic goal for patients is realized (which could take several treatments) the result is permanent and no further treatments will be necessary. Kybella® training is part of our Advanced Injection Technique training course.
Merz North America: Xeomin®, Radiesse®, Belotero Balance® & Asclera®
Xeomin® is a BTX-A used to temporarily improve the severity of moderate to severe facial wrinkles. It is used to treat the same facial areas as Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport®. While Xeomin® is more similar to Botox® than Dysport®, each BTX-A has differences that should be understood prior to use. Each BTX-A is explained in detail during our basic Botox and Dermal Filler training course, and you will use Botox® and Xeomin® during the hands-on training portion of the course.
Radiesse® is a Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) dermal filler so it has immediate and long-lasting results. Radiesse® can be used to volumize facial wrinkles and folds and also has FDA approval for use in the hands. Using Radiesse for facial wrinkles and the hands is covered in our Advanced Injections Technique course. Stimulating the body to produce its own collagen, Radiesse® can last a year or more.
Belotero Balance® is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Belotero® Balance works for 6 months – 1 year.
Merz is also the pharmaceutical company for Asclera®. Asclera® is a sclerosing agent used during the Sclerotherapy procedure and is used to treat uncomplicated spider veins and small varicose veins. It can take Asclera® several treatments to work, with the final result taking effect 3-6 months after treatment. We use Asclera® as the hands-on training sclerosing agent in our Sclerotherapy training course.
Galderma and US distributor McKesson: Dysport® and Restylane® Products
Dysport® is an injectable BTX-A used to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines associated with the procerus and corrugator muscle activity. It is used to treat the same areas as Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin®. Dysport® is included in the didactic portion of our Botox and Dermal Filler training course. However, because the reconstitution and dosing of Dysport® is different, it is not available during the hands-on training session. We do provide in-office training for Dysport®. This BTX-A lasts an average of 3-6 months.
Restylane® Family of Fillers
Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler used for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds as well as lip augmentation. Restylane® lasts approximately 4-6 months.
Restylane® Lyft is used for mid-face volume restoration as well as facial wrinkles and folds. This dermal filler lasts approximately 12-18 months.
Restylane® Silk is the first FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler specifically for the area around the mouth including lip augmentation. The use of smaller, smoother hyaluronic acid particles makes Restylane® Silk a great filler choice for this delicate area. Restylane® Silk lasts at least 6 months and then results gradually decrease.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable poly-L-lactic acid dermal filler that can last more than 2 years. It is used to treat shallow to deep facial folds and wrinkles where a cross-hatch injection pattern can be used. Helping to replace lost collagen, results are gradual and the treatment regime typically takes three injections over the course of 3-4 months.