If you would like to restore youthful fullness to your face, enjoy plump lips, enhance shallow contours or soften those facial creases, wrinkles or scars, dermal fillers may be the answer. Dermal fillers have been called “liquid facelifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body and provides volume and fullness in the skin. Over time, women lose this substance 33% faster than men. As it depletes, the face ages.
Although they can’t help with excess sagging skin, these soft tissue fillers can add more volume and provide immediate results at a lower cost than surgery. These treatments aren’t permanent, and they must be repeated and maintained. Facial fillers can last anywhere from 3 to 18 months depending on which type is used.
Some dermal fillers are used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments. Dr. Myint will assess your needs and recommend one or a combination of treatments to achieve your desired results.
These solutions are administered through a few tiny facial injections on specific areas of the face. Various types of facial fillers are available; each is designed with one or several purposes. Dr. Myint can help you determine which treatments are right for you.
Dr. Myint uses the following Dermal Fillers:
- Juvederm Facial Filler: Made of a hyaluronic acid gel, Juvederm is a naturally-occurring substance in the skin that contributes to volume and hydration. Juvederm is designed to temporarily correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Juvederm is made by Allergan, the same makers of Botox.
- Restylane Facial Filler: A non-animal, biodegradable gel composed of hyaluronic acid, Restylane is a soft tissue dermal filler that adds volume to the skin through tiny injections; smoothing facial folds and wrinkles in areas around the mouth and eyes. The results of Restylane® last about 6 months, although studies show that with one repeat injection, results can last up to 18 months. The FDA has given Restylane® an 18-month duration approval time frame, provided a specific application pattern is provided. This can provide on-going “full correction” for up to the specified time frame, thus keeping you satisfied longer, cutting down on re-treatments and costing you less in the long run. Perlane is specifically designed for deeper lines and wrinkles.
- Belotero Facial Filler: BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler has unique properties that allow it to adapt within the skin for soft and even correction. The versatility of the product makes it strong enough to handle deep treatment areas such as nasolabial folds (smile lines around the mouth), yet soft enough to treat more delicate areas such as vertical lip lines (thin lines that appear above the lip line).BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is made of a material called hyaluronic acid or HA. HA naturally exists as a component of your skin. By binding to water, it fills in wrinkles and folds, allowing immediate and smooth correction.
- Radiesse Facial Filler: RADIESSE®Volumizing Filler is comprised of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier. Once injected, it provides immediate volume and correction but continues to work by stimulating the body to produce its own natural collagen. Over time, the gel is absorbed and the body metabolizes the CaHA microspheres leaving behind only your own natural collagen.
Some of the most common side effects include: allergic reaction, bruising at injection site, numbness, and temporary redness, swelling, pain/tenderness, or discoloration. Dermal filler injections require very minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to work and their normal activities directly following treatment. Yet for the first 24 hours, individuals may be instructed to refrain from strenuous activities and excessive sun or heat exposure.
Our patients have been greatly pleased with the results and longevity of dermal filler treatments. Dr. Myint will be delighted to visit with you to determine the best approach to achieve the look you desire.