Fillers Juvederm® and Radiesse® in Dallas and Allen, TX
As we get older, our facial tissues thin out, leading to a loss of facial volume, sagging skin, and the occurrence of wrinkles and facial lines. Dermal fillers are used to restore lost volume and smooth out folds and wrinkles in key areas of the face like the forehead, chin, cheeks, and nasolabial folds (parenthesis lines between the nose and mouth).
Dermal fillers are recommended only after a complete facial evaluation by one of our surgeons. These treatments are then applied when appropriate.
Our selection of dermal fillers is based on two factors: safety and effectiveness.
Treatments are carried out by our physicians. Results are technique-dependent, and there is some risk involved. Therefore, to achieve the best results and minimize risk, injections are not delegated to an assistant.
Dermal fillers can be an effective temporizing measure to reduce wrinkles and fill depressions related to aging. All fillers we use in our office are FDA approved and have been shown to be safe.
Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide (a type of sugar) that occurs naturally in the human body. Its most important function is to carry and bind water. Non-animal hyaluronic acid does not contain animal protein and does not require a skin test before use. Hyaluronic acid can be used to reduce fine wrinkles, soften deep folds, and augment lip fullness. Treatments can result in temporary swelling, redness, and tenderness.
Examples of hyaluronic dermal fillers include Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, and others.
Our experience with Restylane® has been extremely positive. It is a very effective filler for fine wrinkling around the mouth, nasolabial folds, and lip thinness. Early patient satisfaction has been impressive—instant gratification is a major benefit! The major disadvantage of this product is the short duration of time.
The duration of fillers depends on the individual agent and the location of the injection. For example, fillers injected into the lips may be absorbed as early as three months.
RADIESSE® is a long-lasting synthetic filler material approved by the FDA as a soft tissue augmentation in two specific areas: the vocal cords and the bladder. Specific use for face wrinkles is pending, but its use “off-label” is permitted. We are using this synthetic material to fill skin depressions and deep folds.
RADIESSE® has immediately visible results, lasts 12 to 18 months, and has minimal risk of an allergic reaction. It is calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance found in bone that is made into an injectable paste. When used in the lips, some lumpiness has been observed; therefore, we do not use this material for lip augmentation. We are very impressed with the ease of administration and results with RADIESSE®. It is the best choice for the nasolabial folds.
Important Considerations for Patients
Injection of various materials into wrinkles can eliminate those wrinkles without plastic surgery. These treatments are offered in doctors’ offices, beauty salons, day spas, and even house parties. Local and national marketing provides a huge demand for filler treatments. Because of their effectiveness and ease of administration, these fillers are fast becoming one of the most popular cosmetic procedures.
Many different materials have been tried through the years, with varying degrees of success. However, none has proven to be permanent. Some last only a few weeks or months, and others have even had disastrous results.
Used appropriately, fillers can improve signs of aging and delay the need for cosmetic surgery. If not used selectively and judiciously, results can be disappointing.
Though often marketed as an inexpensive alternative to cosmetic surgery, the accumulative cost of repeated injections can be high.
As with any procedure, when considering fillers, a second opinion is often helpful. Filler injections are a non-surgical procedure that can be done by any physician. This being said, a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery may advise this treatment but can also provide surgical care when indicated.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fillers
Are dermal fillers safe?
Dermal fillers are FDA-approved and have an excellent safety record. They are often made of natural substances already found in the body. It’s important to have the treatment administered by an experienced physician who knows which filler to use, in what amounts, and where to use it.
What are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are injectables composed of stabilized hyaluronic acid (HA), which works by drawing in water and bulking up the underlying skin tissues for a more youthful and balanced facial profile.
What is involved in a dermal filler treatment session?
You will have a consultation with your provider so that he/she can perform a facial analysis to establish which areas of the face can be treated and recommend the correct product choice.
The dermal filler most appropriate for your specific concerns is eased into your skin using a very fine needle. Depending on the treatment area, the injection process takes about 20 to 45 minutes.
How will I know which dermal filler is right for me?
We have different types of dermal fillers, each with unique characteristics that determine what location they should be injected. Your provider will take the time to discuss product options and determine the best product for you, depending on your specific situation and aesthetic goals.
How soon should I expect results?
Some of the results can be seen immediately after treatment and will continue to improve over the following weeks.
Are dermal fillers long-lasting?
Typically, most fillers last around six months to two years, depending on factors such as the patient’s age, type of filler used, treated area, the quantity of filler used, and lifestyle of the individual.
How do dermal fillers differ from neuromodulators?
Because dermal fillers are injectable treatments, they are often mistaken for injectable neuromodulators like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Jeuveau™. While both types of injectables are meant to restore a more youthful-looking appearance, they differ in both material and function.
Dermal fillers fill areas beneath the skin to restore volume and reduce wrinkles. Neuromodulators, on the other hand, do not add volume beneath the skin. These injectable treatments affect a muscle’s ability to contract. Therefore, neuromodulators are injected into the muscles that contribute to facial wrinkles, such as those around the eyes (crow’s feet) and forehead.
Can dermal fillers be combined with other cosmetic treatments?
Dermal fillers can be used alone or in combination with injectable neuromodulators. Additionally, dermal fillers can be used to restore volume after facial surgery, such as facelift surgery, PTS facelift surgery, or brow lift surgery.
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Contact information for individual North Dallas Plastic Surgery offices
North Dallas Office
8305 Walnut Hill Ln #210
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (214) 363-2575Directions & Office Hours
Allen, Tx Office
317 N. Central Expressway Suite 100
Allen, Texas 75013
Phone: (214) 509-0270Directions & Office Hours