Injectable Dermal Fillers
Injectable gel dermal fillers can easily enhance your facial appearance yet leave you still looking like yourself. Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face as well as filling in and smoothing out wrinkles and folds such as the nasolabial folds (the parentheses along the side of your nose and mouth), the marionette lines, and other facial lines.
As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent. The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume.
Dermal fillers can be used to:
- Plump thin lips
- Enhance shallow contours
- Soften facial creases and wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars
Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.
WHAT DERMAL FILLERS WON’T DO
For some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift, or eye lift may be the best approach. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, such as soft tissue fillers, cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time when consideration of a facelift becomes appropriate.
Restylane® is made from non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA) gel. This means that Restylane® contains no animal products. Since hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin and other tissue, there is no need for a skin test when using Restylane®. It is a crystal-clear gel which is injected into the dermis of the skin. The result is instantaneous, producing a long-lasting, natural enhancement, gentle and safe to the skin. It is indicated for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, the lines between the nose and mouth.
The hyaluronic acid molecules that make up the most important part of the Restylane® filler naturally draw in water and cause the tissue beneath lines and wrinkles to swell. This immediately fills out wrinkles and gives the skin a smoother surface. The result is a younger looking face in minutes. Re-treatment may not be necessary for up to 12 months.
Designed specifically for lips and the lines around them
Restylane Silk is the first and only FDA-approved product specifically designed for subtle lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles and lines around the mouth.
How Does Restylane Silk Work?
Just like the other members of the Restylane family, Restylane Silk is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid — a sugar that is naturally present in your skin. It is made of smaller, smoother particles than those used in other Restylane products giving you a softer, more precise results — just what you need for a natural-looking smile.
What Makes Restylane Silk Different From Other Restylane Products? Like other areas of the face, the lips and skin surrounding the mouth show signs of aging as an individual gets older. This often results in lip thinning, lost shape and an increase in vertical lines above the lip. In the study leading to its approval – 98% of participants reported an improvement in lip fullness two weeks after treatments, with 76% still showing such fullness six months after their injection.
Perlane® is made from non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA) gel. This means that Perlane® contains no animal products. Since hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin and other tissue, there is no need for a skin test when using Perlane® filler.
It is a cosmetic dermal filler that replaces lost volume and restores youthful contours to the skin to smooth away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth. Perlane® is used to soften wrinkles and facial folds of patients across the world. It is also a popular filler for lip augmentation, facial depressions, and facial scarring.
Sculptra® is a poly-L-lactic-acid-based injectable dermal filler. Sculptra® is very effective when used as a treatment for wrinkles and fine lines on the face, and it can also be used to improve facial volume and facial wasting. The main ingredient of Sculptra®, polylactic acid, has been used for more than 20 years in surgical products, including dissolvable stitches. Since Sculptra® is comprised of synthetic materials, there is no need for allergy testing prior to treatment.
Immediately after Sculptra® treatment, the area of the face that was injected will appear to be filled out, but this is simply because of the water content in the Sculptra® injection. This temporary fullness will recede in a few days. The true and lasting effects of Sculptra® treatment take weeks or months to become evident.
A full treatment of Sculptra Aesthetic, on average, will be a series of three injection sessions over a few months. Although the effects of Sculptra ® take some time to manifest themselves, they can last for up to two years. Because it takes weeks or months for the effects of Sculptra® to become apparent, the treatment regimen for Sculptra® is usually “Treat, Wait, Assess, and Retreat As Necessary.” In addition, the risk of overcorrection with Sculptra® is the formation of nodules under the skin; this can be avoided by allowing at least a few weeks to pass before assessing the effects of the first treatment.