With an increasing number of dermal fillers on the market, it can be difficult to keep track of the newest options, let alone understand clearly how they differ from others. At Eterna Cosmetic Surgery, we are very excited about the volumizing injectable called Renuva. Our Dr. Elizabeth Hernandez says she is finding Renuva to be valuable for patients with several different types of skin appearance or contouring concerns.
Here’s what you should know about Renuva.
Yes, It Is Different
While most dermal fillers feature hyaluronic acid as a primary ingredient, Renuva is made from allograft adipose matrix which is derived from human fat. It is a thick, gel-like substance that is injected into sub-surface skin tissue. Renuva is safe as well as effective.
Like other fillers, Renuva produces immediate visual improvement. Unlike other fillers, Renuva also stimulates growth of your own fat cells and healthy new skin with improved tone and texture because it contains collagens, proteins and growth factors.
Renuva Is Versatile
Renuva can smooth scars and dimpling, restore volume lost to aging, and to improve contouring of the breasts or buttocks. After considerable experience with Renuva, Dr. Hernandez has identified some favorite uses for this impressive product.
For example, she says it works beautifully for volume loss in the temples and cheeks, which rejuvenates the face overall.
Renuva also works very nicely to fill in contour irregularities on the body as a result of scars (traumatic scars, surgical scars, or scar tissue indentations after liposuction). Dr. Hernandez combines it with a technique called subcision, in which she uses a specialized needle to release the scar tissue, then injects Renuva to fill in the indentation in the deep tissues.
“It has become my preferred treatment option for cellulite,” she reports, “as well as for hands.” Surprisingly, she says, Renuva is working very well for cellulite when combined with subcision. This technique works for deep as well as superficial cellulite dimples. For the hands, she says Renuva works every time, whereas fat transfer requires liposuctions and produces more unpredictable results.
She also frequently uses Renuva to do the finishing touches after fat transfer to the breast or buttocks. Sometimes patients desire more fullness in the hips (for hip dips) or upper part of the breasts after fat transfer, but they do not have any more fat in other areas of the body to transfer or they prefer not to have liposuction for such small areas.
Despite all this versatility, Dr. Hernandez does not offer Renuva for lips or for under-eye hollowness because it is too thick and stimulates significant swelling. For these areas, she will recommend other products.
Every person is different, so Renuva results can vary from one person to another, just as with virtually any treatment. That said, Dr. Hernandez reports that she has treated hundreds of patients using Renuva and only one saw no results. Everyone else, she says, had very predictable results.
You Can Test-Drive Your New Look
It’s one thing to imagine the improvement you might see from a filler, but how do you know you will like that change for real? Renuva produces very long-lasting results, so naturally you want to get it right. Dr. Hernandez recommends using a temporary dermal filler in the planned treatment area first. That way you can see if you like the look the added volume creates. If so, when the filler wears off, Dr. Hernandez can create the same look with Renuva.
You can learn more about Renuva and how its volumizing properties can help improve your appearance by scheduling a personal consultation with Dr. Hernandez.