RHA, short for resilient hyaluronic acid, is a filler that has been widely used since 2015 where it initially became popular in Europe. It is manufactured in the United States by Revance Aesthetics, who are also the makers of Daxxify, the longer-acting Botox.
RHA fillers are similar to other hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm but is formulated to be even more natural in that it has stretch components and elasticity so it is better able to move and adapt to facial movement. In this way, it is less rigid with facial animation and becomes less perceptible and more natural with more superficial placement. Longevity is similar to the other hyaluronic acid fillers with many patients reporting 1 year of longevity.
Four Types of RHA Fillers
There are 4 products available in the RHA line, each product specifically formulated for area being treated and the depth of treatment.
RHA Redensity is a perfect skin smoothing hydrator. It intended for superficial placement to hydrate the skin, rather than providing bulk or volume. It is great for superficial lines or skin textural irregularities.
RHA 2 is one of my favorites, it provides a very natural softening to moderate depth wrinkles and volume deficits and always looks and feels natural. It provides a beautiful and natural lip augmentation.
RHA 3 is a slightly bulkier formulation that works best for moderate to severe folds or wrinkles. It works great for deep nasolabial creases, marionette folds or to enhance the jawline or cheeks.
RHA 4 provides the most volume per syringe. It works great for chin or jawline augmentation and also for cheeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are RHA Fillers Safe?
Yes! RHA fillers are safe. In fact, all four products in the RHA line are the first and only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler for dynamic wrinkles and folds.
How Much Do RHA Fillers Cost?
While RHA fillers are priced at $700 per syringe on average, the total cost of your RHA filler treatment will depend on your location and the number of syringes needed to achieve your desired aesthetic goals.
Are There Any Side Effects with RHA Fillers?
Common side effects with the RHA fillers are bruising, redness, swelling, bumps, change in skin color, and itching. However, within a week of treatment, these side effects typically disappear.
How Can I Prepare for My RHA Filler Treatment?
Preparing for your RHA filler treatment can lead to a smoother procedure and recovery process. Before your RHA filler treatment, do the following:
- Avoid blood thinning medications
- Avoid alcohol for three days before your treatment
- Avoid supplements and medications before your procedure
- Arrive to your appointment well-hydrated
What Is the RHA Filler Procedure Like?
Most RHA filler treatments take around 25 minutes. This process will involve a numbing of the area with a local anesthetic and the injection. Once the injection is complete, patients may experience swelling or bruising in the treated area. Most patients are able to return to work or their normal routines immediately after their procedure.
What Is Recovery Like After the RHA Filler Procedure?
Recovery from an RHA filler treatment is typically not too complex. However, avoiding activities such as intense exercises and prolonged sun exposure can help your results last longer. Patients can expect to experience common side effects for up to seven to ten days after treatment. After this period, they will be able to notice improvements in their appearance.
Are There Any Risks with the RHA Filler Procedure?
Like any other injectable procedure, the RHA filler comes with several risks, including:
- Excessive bleeding
- Allergic reaction to filler ingredients
- Undesired results
At Desert Hills Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hayley Brown, M.D. FACS prioritizes high-quality treatment with great precision and patient satisfaction in mind. Under her care, patients can easily avoid the potential for these RHA filler risks.
What Are the Benefits of RHA Fillers?
From eliminating wrinkles to restoring volume, RHA fillers provide excellent, long-lasting, valuable results compared to plastic surgery alternatives and other traditional fillers. These benefits can include:
- Natural-looking results
- Longer results (up to 18 months)
- Restoring loss volume
- Skin rejuvenation
- Elimination of signs of aging
- Less likely to cause bruising or swelling
- Can be used in more than one area of the face
- Less scarring and risks
A combination of these products is usually used during the treatment to target various treatment areas and to layer the correction from deeper skin levels to more superficial skin levels. Results always look natural, elegant and refined.