Dermal Fillers

We all experience changes in our facial appearance as we age. Thinning lips, sagging skin, wrinkles, and a general loss of volume… it’s just natural.  But just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean you have to live with it.

And one of the best treatments for these cosmetic issues is dermal fillers. They are non-invasive, easily administered, and won’t require a stay at the hospital or a lengthy recovery period.

RESTORE YOUR BEAUTY

Unlike neurotoxins that interrupt muscle movement, dermal fillers use a gel to literally increase volume in the face.  FDA-approved and safe, these versatile injectables can enhance the size and shape of your lips, define your chin and jawline, and reduce the visible signs of aging.  Fillers contour the face and achieve / restore the profile you’ve always wanted.

The dermal fillers offered at the Facial Aesthetics Center currently include:

Juvederm® Voluma™ XC

Juvederm is among the most popular brands of fillers. The products are made with hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a compound that promotes hydration and plumpness to skin cells. You produce a plentiful amount of it in your youth. As you age, however, your body makes far less of it.

Juvederm can address a host of facial needs, from thin lips to wrinkles and lines. Patients immediately regain facial fullness and instantly look more youthful.  Results with the Juvederm gel formulation can last for up to two years.

Radiesse®

Radiesse volumizing filler reduces the appearance of wrinkles and aging skin immediately, while promoting natural collagen production. Improve the appearance of smile lines, marionette line, corners of the mouth, jawline pre-jowls, and the chin area. Results can last up to a year. Radiesse can also add a youthful look to the back of your hands, where lost volume reveals your age.

Belotero BALANCE®

Belotero Balance also uses hyaluronic acid to boost your look, but Belotero’s use is unique. The formulation makes it an appropriate choice for delicate areas, such as under your eyes and in the tear troughs. The filler is also effective for smile lines around the mouth and vertical lip lines. The hyaluronic acid also attracts and binds to water molecules, which helps the skin look more youthful and rejuvenated. Results are evident immediately and last 6 months or more.

Restylane®

Restylane is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler for moderate to severe facial wrinkles or the lips. Restylane treats the nasolabial folds around the nose, marionette lines around the mouth, and perioral lines around the mouth. It can also be used for lip augmentation. Restylane is usually delivered as a quick “lunchtime” procedure for clients 21 years and older with no downtime, and can last up to 18 months.

AM I A CANDIDATE?

Dermal fillers may be a good option for women and men of any age who want to combat the appearance of volume loss in the face. You may be a good candidate for this treatment if you are physically healthy, do not smoke, and have moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, under-eye circles, sunken cheeks, or other cosmetic issues that you want to correct without surgery.

But there are some caveats.  Please let us know if you have a history of severe allergies, if you have a bleeding disorder, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

HOW DO I CHOOSE WHAT’S RIGHT FOR ME?

Dermal filler products are all subject to pros and cons, and vary greatly in terms of the main active ingredient, longevity, density, and texture; depending on what you’re seeking treatment for, some fillers may be better for a specific area than others. For instance, thicker fillers are usually used to enhance contour and cheekbones, while soft fillers are preferred for use in lips and shallow wrinkles.

Dr. Morgan is well-versed in these products and how they’ll marry up best with your anatomy and beauty goals.  He will consult with you to determine which dermal filler will most effectively cater to your specific situation so that you can achieve the best possible results!

HOW DO THEY WORK?

In order to give volume to the skin and smooth out wrinkles, such as those seen around the mouth, nose, and eyes, dermal fillers are injected directly into the skin using a very thin and small needle.

Dr. Morgan then sculpts the injected material into place for to achieve facial symmetry and best results.

WHO PERFORMS THE INJECTIONS?

Dr. Morgan personally performs all dermal filler injections.  His expert knowledge of facial anatomy and aesthetic artistry guide the process.

HOW DO I PREP FOR THE TREATMENT?

Before receiving treatments, we always spend time with a client reviewing the best way to prep. The recommendations include:

  • Avoid sun exposure.
  • Avoid alcohol for a minimum of 3 days prior to injectable treatment.
  • Avoid any blood thinning agents if medically safe to do so for at least 1 week prior to minimize the occurrence of bruising.
  • Stop all NSAIDs such as aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Nuprin, Bufferin, Ibuprofen, etc. Tylenol is ok to use.
  • Stop all herbal supplements such as fish oil, ginkgo, ginseng, St. John’s Wort, garlic pills, etc. (a multi-vitamin is ok to continue).
  • Avoid salty foods a few days before and after the treatment as excess sodium causes the body to retain water, which in turn can worsen swelling.
  • Avoid any depilatory treatments (hair removal, such as tweezing, waxing, etc.) for a minimum of 2 days prior to the treatment.
  • Let us know if you are on immunosuppressive therapy or have an active skin infection.

AND RECOVERY AFTERWARDS?

Most patients can return to their regular activities immediately after leaving our office. Although some procedures may have instant results, others can take up to a week to fully reveal.

The most common after-effects are swelling and bruising. Typically swelling lasts for about 72 hours and bruising can be present for up to a week typically.

Dr. Morgan will gladly review everything you need to know before receiving treatment.

WHAT ABOUT COST?

The cost of cosmetic injections varies for each patient, depending on treatment and the patient’s unique goals. The amount of product, type of procedure, and extent of treatment will impact the final value of your experience. As with most cosmetic treatments, this is considered an elective procedure and may not be covered by your insurance.