Chances are, you’re familiar with Juvéderm fillers, and possibly even Restylane fillers. But have you heard of RHA fillers? RHA is the latest brand of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to enter the US market. RHA comes with big claims about its appearance, longevity, and ease of treatment – but does it live up to the hype? Read on to find out what we think.
About RHA Fillers
RHA, which stands for Resilient Hyaluronic Acid, is a collection of dermal fillers designed to provide an extra-natural appearance. Designed by TEOXANE in Switzerland, the RHA products are the only FDA-approved fillers to treat dynamic wrinkles and folds, which are wrinkles that are apparent when making facial expressions. At the injector’s discretion, the fillers can also be used in any other areas that you would normally inject hyaluronic acid fillers, such as lips, cheeks, and jawline. Currently, there are four fillers in the RHA Collection: RHA Redensity, RHA 2, RHA 3, and RHA 4. The products are very similar, with the primary difference being the thickness of each.
How RHA Fillers Work
RHA is touted as being less chemically-modified than other hyaluronic acid fillers, since it has less molecular crosslinking. This means that RHA fillers have a greater ability to move and adapt to your facial expressions. RHA filler feels very elastic and moldable, unlike some other fillers that have more rigid properties.
What areas can be treated with RHA Fillers?
Although RHA was originally indicated for dynamic wrinkles and folds, its uses are nearly endless. Its unique properties make RHA a fantastic choice for smile lines, marionette lines, and lips. The products also work excellently on superficial lines, which means injectors can use the same product for both traditional injections and fine-tuning. For example, RHA can be used to restore lost volume in the cheeks and also to minimize superficial cheek lines. It’s a win-win for both patients and injectors. And just like any other hyaluronic acid fillers, RHA works well for cheeks, chin, jawline, temples, and more.
How long does RHA filler last?
As with any filler, the longevity varies based on the individual and the area the filler was placed in. Generally speaking, filler in areas with a lot of movement, such as lips and smile lines, will not last as long compared to areas with less movement. RHA has studies in the USA demonstrating a 15-month duration, as well as studies in the UK demonstrating an 18-month duration. Upon its release, many skeptics believed that RHA’s claims were exaggerated. We have been using RHA since 2021 at Aesthetic Center of New Jersey. In our experience, the claims are reasonable – we have not had any issues with longevity of RHA filler.
What are the side effects of RHA Fillers?
With filler injections of any type, redness, inflammation, and bruising are to be expected. Representatives from Revance, the distributor of RHA in America, claim that these side effects are reduced compared to other brands of hyaluronic acid filler due to its consistency and less-hydrophilic nature. While this is not proven, our observations have indicated that this appears to be true in some cases.
How much does RHA Filler cost?
As with most aesthetic treatments, the cost of RHA varies based on a variety of factors. The number of syringes used, the area of treatment, experience of the practitioner, and the specific practice and location will all influence the cost. The average cost of RHA in New Jersey commonly ranges from $650-$1000 per syringe.
RHA vs. Other Fillers
The distinguishing feature of RHA is its ability to move dynamically with facial expressions while still being long-lasting. While Restylane products tend to have nice elasticity, moldability, and duration, Juvéderm products tend to be much more rigid. Being that RHA is relatively new to the market compared to industry strongholds, only time will tell if RHA will take a large market share. But based on how it performs, it sure looks likely.
The RHA Collection of fillers has shown incredible promise in its short time on the market in America. In our experience, the claims of an extra-natural appearance and good longevity definitely hold true. Plus, the ability to treat the skin both deep and superficially with the same product allows for great flexibility while keeping costs reasonable. Patients absolutely love the results – we’ll call it revolutionary.
At Aesthetic Center of New Jersey, RHA has become our go-to for the majority of our cases that require a hyaluronic acid filler. We love the results of RHA in lips, smile lines, marionette lines, lip lines, cheeks, and more. Call us at 877-750-0020 or text us at 201-425-0825 to schedule a complimentary consultation.