Ageless Elegance in Royal Oak: Rediscover Your Radiance With The RHA Collection Dermal Fillers

Published on
January 27, 2024
Ryan Brennan
Ryan Brennan

Let’s say you’re picking out an outfit to see your favorite band play at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, but your favorite shirt is wrinkled – what’s your next move? 

Some people will throw it in the dirty bin and move on to the next shirt, but others opt for the iron. I mean, it is your favorite shirt, and it’s just a wrinkle – nothing a little heat and steam won’t fix, am I right? 

Or how about this – you’re walking through a park when you suddenly get thirsty. You find a vending machine, but it’s not taking your dollar bill because it’s too wrinkled – what’s your next move? 

Some people might give up, but not others – not you and me. We’ll sit there curling it against the side of that vending machine until it’s as flat as a pancake – or at least until the machine accepts it.

Here’s one more hypothetical – you wake up one day and begin your morning routine when you notice something. It’s your first facial wrinkle – right there, along the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet). 

What’s your next move? 

Some of us shrug it off and go about our day, but not others – in fact, most of us are sent into a whirlwind of panic. We knew this day would come, but it always comes sooner than we had hoped.

Don’t worry. You’re not alone, and there’s no need to panic – at least not with Avenue 1 Aesthetics by your side. Like ironing the wrinkles out of a shirt or flattening them out of a dollar bill, we can help you smoothen out those pesky facial wrinkles – no matter where they settle or why they form. 

So, what are dermal fillers? 

Dermal fillers are one of our favorite treatments for wrinkles and volume loss in the skin. Unlike Botox, which reduces wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles, dermal fillers reduce wrinkles by restoring facial volume – in other words, ‘filling’ wrinkles in.

There are several different types of dermal fillers, depending on the active ingredient in the formula:

  • HA Fillers - made of hyaluronic acid and generally lasts 6-12 months. 
  • CaHA Fillers - made of calcium hydroxylapatite and usually lasts one year.
  • PLLA Fillers - made of poly-L-lactic acid and can last as long as two years.
  • PMMA Fillers - made of polymethylmethacrylate and usually lasts several years.

Dermal fillers have been around since the 1970s, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that they started growing in popularity. Today, you can’t flip through social media or watch a TV show without seeing an ad or commercial for dermal fillers – they’re everywhere, and everyone is using them!

Hyaluronic Acid: Why Do HA Fillers Get So Much Attention? 

Hyaluronic acid is, without a doubt, the most popular dermal filler on the market today – and for good reason. It’s more natural, can be reversed (if needed), and retains water – keeping your skin hydrated.

Let’s break that down further. 

One of the biggest reasons so many people prefer HA fillers over CaHA, PLLA, and PMMA fillers is because hyaluronic acid is a natural substance your body already produces – and it’s primarily found in the eyes, joints, and skin. 

Once injected, hyaluronic acid works in three major ways: 

  • It adds volume to the area – reducing the appearance of wrinkles
  • It promotes collagen production – tightening and strengthening the skin
  • It attracts and retains water – keeping the skin hydrated and full

Of course, many people prefer hyaluronic acid because it can be reversed – something that isn’t true with other fillers. 

Since the body naturally produces HA, it also has a way of naturally dissolving it – with an enzyme called hyaluronidase. By injecting this enzyme into the treated area, we can safely dissolve the filler whenever it doesn’t look right – which comes in handy when achieving the perfect look. 

The RHA Collection: There’s A New Sheriff In Town

Now that we have a better understanding of what dermal fillers are, and why HA fillers reign supreme, let’s talk about RHA – a rising star in the anti-wrinkle, wrinkle-free community. 

The RHA Collection – manufactured by TEOXANE – is a new-and-improved HA dermal filler that’s challenging everything we thought we knew about hyaluronic acid. 

RHA stands for ‘Resilient Hyaluronic Acid,’ which vaguely hints at its superpower – resilience. Its longer HA chain length and higher concentration of HA molecules help slow down the natural dissolution process – meaning the results last longer. 

Not only that, but RHA – unlike most HA fillers – is dynamic and can easily adapt to skin and facial movement, giving it a much more natural appearance. Your skin and face will move in unison, helping you avoid that ‘frozen’ look most people complain about. 

There are currently four different types of fillers in this collection: 

  • RHA Redensity: the newest filler in the RHA Collection, Redensity is designed to reduce wrinkles and lines around the mouth and lips (such as smoker’s and smile lines).
  • RHA 2: the most flexible filler in the collection, RHA 2 is best reserved for moderate folds (cheek lines, accordion lines, perioral lines), but can also be used for lip augmentation
  • RHA 3: slightly firmer than RHA 2, RHA 3 is best reserved for moderate to severe folds, such as the corners of the mouth and nasolabial folds.
  • RHA 4: the firmest filler in the collection, RHA 4 is best reserved for deep dynamic wrinkles and severe folds, such as marionette lines. 

Smiling, laughing, talking, yawning, chewing – our faces are dynamic. They make millions of movements every single day, but most dermal fillers don’t account for that. That’s where the RHA Collection comes into play – the dynamic, natural HA filler we never knew we needed, until now!

RHA vs. Botox: So Similar, Yet So Different

The major difference between RHA fillers and other HA fillers is that RHA can target dynamic wrinkles – a job that used to be reserved for Botox. Now that we have RHA, fillers are more dynamic than ever!

Of course, many people are starting to wonder – if RHA can treat dynamic wrinkles, then why do we need Botox? Well, that answer is rather simple:

RHA and Botox might treat similar things, but they do so in two completely different ways. 

RHA is an HA filler at heart – meaning it contains hyaluronic acid, which is used to fill in wrinkles and add volume to the face. It doesn’t paralyze any muscles or relax the face – it just fills it (while also increasing collagen and hydration, of course). 

On the other hand, Botox is a neuromodulator that contains botulinum toxin. When injected into the face, the neurotoxin blocks the nerves and paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles – temporarily tightening and smoothening the skin. 

RHA fillers produce a much more natural, longer-lasting result when compared to Botox, but that doesn’t mean Botox is useless. In fact, many patients end up using them together – which produces even better results! Don’t worry, our skincare experts will help you determine the best course of action for your skin!

Avenue 1: Where Your Skin Can Feel Young Again!

Are you starting to notice facial wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, nose, forehead, cheeks, and jawline? Are you looking for an FDA-approved treatment that not only helps reduce wrinkles, but makes your skin look fuller, healthier, and more hydrated? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, we can help!

At Avenue 1 Aesthetics, we’re excited to introduce the Royal Oak community to the RHA Collection of dermal fillers – but we also administer Restylane (another HA filler) and Botox injections to ensure our patients receive the best results. Book an appointment with us today for a more radiant you tomorrow!

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