The use of injectable facial fillers is one of the fastest growing areas in the field of cosmetic surgery. Significant advances in have been recently made that have resulted in the production of safer, more predictable and longer lasting fillers.
Why do we use filler?
As one ages, the volume of fat and soft tissue in the cheeks and midface decreases often giving a sucken or hollow appearance. Sagging of tissue also emphasizes facial folds, around the eyes, cheeks, and lips. To restore lost volume in the cheeks, temples, and nasolabial folds, fillers including hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Prevelle silk), polylactic acid (Sculptra), and calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse) are used to treat various conditions from fine lines to deeper lines and folds. Also, various fillers can be used to enhance the appearance of the aging or atrophic lips, by restoring or creating fullness. Manufacturers have manipulated particle size (thickness) and crosslinked molecules to offer both normal and longer duration products, as well as recently adding lidocaine to some products to dramatically decrease pain of injection. The procedures are performed in the office following application of topical or local anesthetic and have the immediate volumizing effects with very minimal downtime.
Restylane® is a dermal filler used to restore volume and fullness to moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane® is a non-animal-based hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the human body, which means that allergic reactions are not a concern. The treatment is simple and convenient, can be administered without pre-testing, and offers almost instantaneous results. Restylane® results are long-lasting, giving skin a more youthful appearance for six months or longer.
Perlane® restores volume and fullness to the skin correcting moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Made from a water-soluble substance called hyaluronic acid, Perlane® restores volume to your skin. Perlane® wrinkle treatment can help you look younger and more relaxed without surgery, with results that typically last from six to nine months.
Juvéderm® Injectable Gel
Juvéderm® Injectable Gel includes hyaluronic acid, a natural complex sugar that bolsters skin elasticity, providing a smooth and supple appearance. It improves your appearance by lifting and adding volume to the wrinkles and folds in the treatment area. Juvéderm® Injectable Gel may last from six to nine months.
Prevelle™ is a dermal filler that contains lidocaine, a common local anesthetic that can provide pain relief at the injection site, making treatment more comfortable. With immediate results, Prevelle™ is effective in the treatment of lines and folds of the facial area, restoring volume and fullness for three to six months.