Treatment with a facial filler is one of the most rapidly growing areas of cosmetic treatment. Patients love the way that the treatment offers excellent, natural-looking results without having to undergo surgery. This means that they get a quick, safe, effective treatment and can return to work or their daily lives immediately.

Facial fillers are injectable substances that are mixed within a gel that flows smoothly under the surface of your skin. Some common brand names are Juvederm®, Radiesse®, and Sculptra®. Each product contains different ingredients and works somewhat differently, but all have as their goal a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles that appear on the face.

Causes of Aging Skin

Before looking at individual products, it may be helpful to understand how skin ages in the first place. One of the chief causes of aging skin is the age-related loss of naturally-occurring substances like collagen and hyaluronic acid. When plentiful, these key skin components lead to the development of skin that is thick and smooth. Deficiencies of substances like hyaluronic acid lead to skin that becomes gradually thinner and more susceptible to the formation of lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic acid plays a particularly important role in youthful skin. It has the special ability to attract and bind many times its own weight in water, lending a plumping effect on your skin. Unfortunately, hyaluronic acid production declines with age. However, we can replace the hyaluronic acid that you have lost using injections with facial fillers.


Juvederm® is one of the most popular types of facial filler treatments and contains hyaluronic acid mixed within an injectable gel to restore your levels of this important skin substance. Once injected into your skin, Juvederm® begins to immediately enhance facial volume and smooth away fine lines and wrinkles.


Sculptra is a special type of facial filler containing polylactic acid, a substance that mimics the lactic acid that your body produces following strenuous exercise. Your body responds to the presence of Sculptra® by replacing it with fresh collagen fibers.


Radiesse® is a facial filler that works through an injection of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres. This is a form of mineral that is often found in human bones and teeth. These tiny particles are suspended within a gel-like solution for injection into the face.

Your Treatment with a Facial Filler

If you would like more information about facial filler procedures, or you would like to move forward with a treatment, get in touch with us at Dr. Banis Plastic Surgery in Louisville. Contact us today and book an appointment to get started!