If you are looking to restore fullness and volume to your face, cosmetic fillers may be the answer for you. These products can give you a more rested appearance, enhancing your features, and defy gravity and age.
Belotero is an injectable filler that is used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Upon injection, it quickly and evenly integrates into your skin for immediately results. Belotero may last about 6-12 months or more and requires little downtime.
A member of the Juvéderm family of products, Volbella is an FDA-approved injection used to increase lip fullness and soften the appearance of “smoker’s lines” around the mouth. It may also be used to fill pitted acne scarring in the face. Unlike other fillers, Volbella blends different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, which allows it to create subtle volume that lasts for up to a year.
Radiesse is a FDA-approved dermal filler for the face and hands. It plumps the skin to give the appearance of a smoother surface. Radiesse helps erase lines and folds and replaces lost structure with immediate volume. This dermal filler works immediately so the results are instant upon injection.
Radiesse works to stimulate the body to produce collagen naturally. Ultimately the body absorbs the product and leaves behind the natural collagen for results that may last up to a year or more in many patients.
Restylane L is a FDA-approved injectable hyaluronic acid gel used to correct volume loss and treat wrinkles in the face. Often this product is used to treat the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds or laugh lines), or can be used to replace volume loss in cheeks or lips.
Restylane Lyft is a FDA-approved injectable hyaluronic acid gel used to correct volume loss and treat wrinkles in the face. Through non surgical injections, it is specifically designed to add fullness to the cheeks and mid face area, which can result in a more natural-looking, youthful appearance. Restylane Lyft is proven to correct nasolabial folds for up to six months and proven to add volume to the mid face area for up to 12 months.
Restylane Defyne may be used for deep, lower facial lines, also known as “laugh lines.” Restylane injectable fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin. The smaller molecule allows for this filler to advance into the appropriate spaces under the skin’s surface and move naturally with facial expressions. Folds and wrinkles are reduced with minimum downtime and the results can last up to 12 months.
The first signs of “laugh lines” around the mouth can instantly cause a more aged appearance. Restylane Refyne is an injectable filler that helps soften and smooth the fine lines with results lasting up to 12 months. Similar to Defyne, Restylane Refyne is a smaller molecule that allows for a more natural look with movement of the lower face.
Sculptra stimulates your skin’s own natural collagen production to increase overall facial volume. Over the course of several treatment sessions, Sculptra produces results that emerge over time. This poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA)-based treatment begins working deep within the skin, reinforcing the skin’s inner structure and restoring its volume.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dermal fillers are substance/gels injected beneath the skin’s surface to smooth wrinkles and add volume and contour. Most products are composed of stabilized hyaluronic acid (HA) which occurs naturally in the cells of the skin. It works by drawing in water and therefore augmenting the skin, thus reducing the wrinkle treated. It is by no means permanent and can be reversible. Depending on what type of dermal filler, results can last between 6-18 months. Dermal fillers are safe and have been used for over a decade.
The face loses volume and contour when we age, the bones and the soft tissue dissolve and contribute to appearance of sagging. Dermal fillers may be used to replace this volume loss and restore the structural support, giving the patient a more youthful appearance. The aim is to make the face more harmonious and rejuvenated.
Generally, basic dermal filler procedures require no anesthetic as the dermal filler contains local anesthetic. These fillers involve a few tiny injections directly into the skin, and takes between 15–30 minutes. Result can be seen immediately. Optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments.
Results are seen instantly after the treatment, although this gradually improves over the next 2–4 weeks as swelling and some bruising dissipates. Results can last between 6–18 months although optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments. The longevity varies from person to person depending on your requirements and the severity of the wrinkles that are being treated, in addition to the particular dermal filler being administered.
Advanced injection techniques and improved product safety means that significant side effects are extremely uncommon but may include: Redness, bruising, and contour irregularities can and do occasionally occur.
Prior to your treatment you will want to follow the below instructions:
- One week prior – do not take any NSAIDs (Aleve, aspirin, ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin), ginkgo biloba, garlic, flax oil, cod liver oil, fish oil, Vitamin A or E, and other essential fatty acids.
- 24-48 prior – Do not take or eat niacin, high sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbs, spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, and/or cigarettes.
- Avoid chemical peels and laser treatments 1-2 weeks prior to Dermal Filler treatments.
After your treatment we will again go through with you any after care advice in order to maximize your treatment benefits and avoid any undesirable side effects.
Immediately after your procedure and for 24 hours you should avoid the following:
- Strenuous exercise
- Sun exposure/heat exposure/tanning beds
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Massages/pressing areas treated
- Extreme cold temperatures
- Lying on your side or face at night to sleep
Gently icing the area will help with swelling and discomfort.
The results directly after the treatment should therefore not be seen as the final results. This is because over the following 2 weeks the results will gradually improve.
Please wait 2-4 weeks before any peels or laser treatments.