As we age, our faces begin to show the effects
of gravity, sun exposure and years of facial muscle movement,
such as smiling, chewing, and squinting. The underlying tissues
that keep our skin looking youthful and plumped up begin to
break down, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines, crow's feet
or facial creases over the areas where this muscle movement
Soft tissue fillers, most commonly injectable
collagen (Restylane® or Juve'derm®) or fat can help
fill in these lines and creases, temporarily restoring
a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. When injected
beneath the skin, these fillers plump up creased and sunken
areas of the face. They can also add fullness to the lips
and cheeks. Injectable fillers may be used alone or in
conjunction with a resurfacing procedure, such as a laser
treatment, or a recontouring procedure, such as a facelift.
Restylane® and Juve'derm®
Restylane and Juve'derm are natural cosmetic
fillers that restore volume and fullness to the skin to correct
moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It is made of
hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance that already
exists in the human body.
After treatment, the patient may have redness
and swelling that normally lasts less than 7 days. Sunbathing
and cold outdoor activities should be avoided. They have
been used to correct wrinkles and enhance the appearance
of the lip border. One example is treatment of nasolabial
folds, which are the lines from the nose to the corners
of the mouth.
Fat is most often used to fill in "sunken"
cheeks, to enhance the lips, correct marionette lines and nasolabial
folds around the mouth. It involves extracting fat cells from
the patient's abdomen, thighs, buttocks or elsewhere and reinjecting
them beneath the facial skin. After treatment, many patients
are able to resume normal activity immediately. You can expect
some redness, swelling and bruising in both the donor and recipient
Please call the office (383-1499) for additional
information and schedule your complimentary consultation.