What happens to our faces as we age? Facial aging presents unique concerns for each individual. The natural process of aging includes wrinkle and frown formation; decreased volume, especially in the mid-face along the cheekbone area; dissension of remaining fat and skin; and diminished production of the substances like collagen and hyaluronic acid that keep our skin firm.
Non-surgical correction of aging skin can be achieved through the use of dermal fillers. Fillers are unique in both their formulations and their proper placement within the skin. It’s imperative to have this type of procedure done by a trained provider who specializes in facial and hand anatomy.
We are proud to provide one-on-one care to patients of our Grand Rapids and Byron Center offices that results in improved confidence.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable cosmetic solutions which have been developed to improve the appearance of the face and hands.Fillers can be used to decrease the appearance of folds or wrinkles in the skin around the nose and mouth, and to enhance or replace the volume in areas such as the cheekbones, lips, or the back of the hand. These products immediately plump lines and creases, reduce the appearance of depressed scars, and refresh the facial esthetic with minimal time investment for treatment and recovery.
What can dermal fillers be used for?
Products developed for soft-tissue filling are used to achieve a number of cosmetic improvements. Common uses for dermal fillers include:
- Adding volume to lips that are thin or deflated
- Enhancing the contours of the chin, nose, or cheeks
- Softening lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth
- Diminishing or eliminating the appearance of under eye bags and dark circles
- Rejuvenating the backs of the hands
Am I a candidate for dermal fillers?
Adults of all ages make good candidates for dermal fillers. Because treatment does not involve surgery or anesthesia, and because most filler products are made with naturally-occurring substances, there is very little risk of adverse reaction. If you are concerned with the age-related changes that are appearing on your face or hands, you may be very pleased with what dermal filler treatment can achieve.
How are dermal fillers different than Botox®/Xeomin®?
Dermal fillers work in a completely different way than other common wrinkle-reducers. Botox and Xeomin are in the category of cosmetic neuromodulators. These treatments affect muscle movements, and are primarily used on the upper-face, such as the brow line. When a neuromodulator is introduced into a muscle or group of muscles, it inhibits the transmission of nerve impulses that command muscle-contraction. For example, Botox treatment in between the eyebrows diminishes the ability to frown. As muscles reach a more relaxed state, the overlying skin smooths to such a degree that perpetual frown lines significantly decrease or disappear completely.
When a dermal filler product is used, the target is soft tissue beneath the surface of the skin. A large number of popular fillers contain hyaluronic acid. The addition of this acid into soft tissue invites the accumulation of water molecules in the direct area of the line or crease. Hyaluronic acid then binds to these molecules, holding them stable beneath the skin for months at a time.
What dermal fillers are offered at Elite Plastic Surgery?
We offer a selection of dermal filler products, including Juvederm XC®, Voluma®, Volbella®, and Radiesse®
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Juvederm XC is a hyaluronic acid product held in a clear gel base. This filler is smooth and soft, capable of filling mild to moderate lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth without causing an “overdone” appearance.
What is Juvederm used for?
Common uses for Juvederm XC include wrinkle-reduction, treatment for depressed scars, and lip and cheek augmentation. With the introduction of more specific Juvederm fillers for lips and cheeks, the use of this product has become more limited to treating nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
Juvederm Voluma XC
Juvederm Voluma XC is also a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that contains lidocaine for improved comfort during treatment. This product has been formulated expressly for the mid-face area. It differs from other HA fillers in its cross-linked, Vycross structuring of sugar acids. The density of hyaluronic acid within a gel base is ideal for adding structure to the mid-face in a smooth, consistent manner.
What is Voluma used for?
With age, volume is depleted from the cheeks. This can cause lines and bagging to develop beneath the eyes. Loss of mid-facial volume is also a factor in the softening of the jawline. Injections of Juvederm Voluma XC in the cheek area directly increases volume. The improved contours created by Voluma treatment may also reduce jowls and under eye concerns.
Volbella hyaluronic acid filler is made with smaller particles of the HA sugar compound. It has also been cross-linked with Vycross technology for a smooth consistency. This enables us to treat more delicate areas without disrupting natural contours.
What is Volbella used for?
Volbella has been developed specifically for lip augmentation and the treatment of perioral lines, also referred to as smoker’s lines.
Radiesse is a soft tissue filler that lifts and adds volume by introducing tiny beads of calcium hydroxylapatite into the tissue beneath the skin’s surface. This product adds immediate volume, and it also stimulates an increase in collagen production so, over time, the aging process is less dramatic in terms of the appearance of the skin.
What is Radiesse used for?
Because Radiesse is more structurally substantial, it is an excellent solution for deeper lines and creases, for restoring fullness to the cheek area, and to lift the corners of the mouth.
Are there any side effects/recovery time?
There tend to be very few side effects associated with dermal filler treatment. Most patients experience little bruising, swelling, or redness, if any. Treatment itself is comfortable, and there should be no notable pain or soreness following injections. Less common side effects and risks include lumps beneath the skin, asymmetrical results, over- or under-correction of lines and wrinkles or volume loss, and, depending on usage of certain products, a blue tinge on the skin in the area of treatment.
Our trained injectors are conscientious about the filler products that are selected for each concern so as to minimize risks of unwanted side effects.
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At Elite Plastic Surgery we will provide you with guidance in selecting the best filler for your needs. Our staff are experts at helping you achieve your goals while maintaining a natural overall appearance. Schedule a consultation today to find out which dermal filler is best for you.
*Individual results may vary