Injectable fillers have revolutionized the field of facial rejuvenation. They are a minimally invasive option for patients who seek to reverse the signs of aging. Procedures are safe and effective with minimal pain and down time. The filling substance is injected below the skin surface and provides an immediate result. A more youthful appearance is created by softening wrinkles and folds, shaping facial contours, and augmenting areas with volume loss. Injectable fillers can also improve the appearance of sunken in scars. The most common treatment areas are the nasolabial folds (lines between nose and corners of mouth), marionette lines (lines between corners of mouth and chin), lips, cheeks, chin, glabellar lines (frown lines between eyebrows), and under the eyes.
Juvederm Ultra XC/Juvederm Ultra Plus XC
Juvederm Ultra XC is a smooth gel filler made of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA exists naturally in the skin and volumizes the face by binding and absorbing water. As we age, the amount of HA decreases resulting in volume loss and the appearance of lines and folds. Juvederm works to correct this by restoring the HA the skin has lost. It is formulated with lidocaine (a local anesthetic) to improve comfort during treatment. Juvederm Ultra Plus XC is the thicker version used for deeper lines and areas requiring larger amounts for correction. Results last up to one year.
Radiesse is an injectable filling agent composed of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa) suspended in a gel carrier. CaHa is a naturally occurring substance found in bones and teeth. The gel carrier is absorbed by the body and the CaHa remains. It acts as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and stimulating your own natural collagen to grow. As a result, the duration of Radiesse treatment can be from one to two years. Prior to injection, the filler is mixed with lidocaine (a local anesthetic) to reduce injection-related pain.