Wondering what the difference is between dermal fillers and collagen biostimulators? You’re not alone. Both injectable treatments, they are often confused to be the same thing. This is because they deliver some similar benefits to your skin, including plumping and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
However, the two treatments are actually quite different from one another. Where they differ comes down to how they work and the length of results they provide.
One of the first ever injectable treatments, dermal filler has been a much-loved treatment in Australia for more than a decade. It works by injecting hyaluronic acid into your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that stabilises structure, attracts and binds water, and improves elasticity. It works to fill the space of volume loss and stimulate skin cell renewal. However, we lose hyaluronic acid as we age, with our levels starting to drop from around the age of 30. This is where dermal filler comes in. The injections replenish the amount of hyaluronic acid in your skin. This works to fill and smooth lines, wrinkles and deep folds , and improve scarring. They can also be used to restore and enhance the youthful curves of your face. Results are visible within two weeks and typically last at least six months.
Collagen biostimulators work to stimulate your own collagen production. PDO smooth threads are type of collagen biostimulator. They involve injecting several very fine threads (made from a biodegradable polymer called polydioxanone) into the deep dermal layer of your skin. This works to stimulate your own collagen production. They provide long lasting results including reducing the signs of ageing, strengthening and tightening sagging skin, reducing pigmentation and smoothing uneven texture. Results from collagen biostimulators are long-lasting, continuing to develop over time as your skin starts to restore its own collagen.
The Bottom Line
Both dermal filler and collagen biostimulators deliver significant benefits to your skin and are best used together for optimum results. While dermal filler works to boost hyaluronic acid to plump and enhance, collagen biostimulators boost collagen to improve your skin’s longer-term texture, tone and overall health.
Book a consultation with our experts to learn more about this treatment combination and how it can help you achieve a brighter, healthier and more youthful complexion.