Cosmetic fillers are a non-surgical treatment where material is placed into the skin and subcutaneous tissue, most commonly to treat facial folds and wrinkles. Cosmetic fillers can also be utilized for volume replacement bringing back a more youthful appearance to the aging face or hands, or for volume enhancement—giving a patient more prominent cheek bones or fuller lips.
The most common areas where fillers are utilized include:
- Nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the mouth)
- Cheek bones
- Marionette lines (lines beneath the corner of the mouth)
- Pre-jowl sulcus (indentation on the side of the jowl)
- Hands (aged hands lose fat and have more prominent tendons and veins)
- Lower eyelid rejuvenation
- Correction of nose bumps
- Acne Scars
Popular brands of cosmetic fillers include Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, and Sculptra®.
Juvéderm® Injectable Gel
is a safe, effective gel that restores volume to the skin and smoothes away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm® is the first FDA-approved dermal filler proven safe and effective for persons of color. The Juvéderm® gel is made of hyaluronic acid with a smooth consistency, allowing for easy injections and instant, natural-looking results. There is no pre-testing needed for this procedure.Topical or injectable anesthesia may be used during this procedure to numb the treatment area and minimize any potential discomfort. The results of this procedure are available right away and can usually last for up to a year, the longest results available from any hyaluronic acid product.
is a synthetic injectable filler that has been approved by the FDA to reduce moderate to severe wrinkles, folds and creases around the nose and mouth by stimulating the natural production of collagen in the skin. This product is made of microspheres composed of calcium hydroxylapatite within a water-based gel and is made from minerals similar to what makes up our bones. Radiesse® can be injected directly into the skin with no need for pre-testing.
is an injectable filler that restores facial fat lost by the effects of lipoatrophy, including sunken cheeks, hollow eyes and other indentations. This filler is injected below the surface of the skin in the areas of fat loss. The Sculptra® injection consists of an alpha hydroxyl acid called poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA. This product is safe, synthetic, biocompatible, biodegradable and long-lasting. No pre-testing is required for Sculptra® treatments.The results of Sculptra® will appear gradually after the injection, with most patients able to achieve their desired results after just one treatment session. The length of the results can vary from patient to patient, but often last for up to two years.
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Radiesse®, Juvéderm®, Sculptra®, and other injectables are among the most powerful ways to recapture a healthy, youthful look, and unlike surgical alternatives they do not require long recovery times. Contact our office to learn more about these exciting facial rejuvenation products.