How Does the Treatment Work?
As we age, we naturally lose volume in all of the components of our face. The subcutaneous fat and the bone begin to reabsorb, which deflates the face while the skin also begins to thin. Together this leads to loss of volume in the face and creates a sunken or gaunt appearance in your cheeks and other areas. Like a deflated balloon, the skin begins to sag and wrinkle as the volume decreases. The aging process slows down the production of essential proteins for healthy-looking skin called collagen and elastin. Thinning skin causes more and more lines to appear on the face, as can long-term sun exposure and habits such as smoking. Fillers can combat these cosmetic concerns by providing volume, reducing wrinkles and even push your body to produce more elastin and collagen for lasting improvements.
Addressing Lines and Wrinkles
How your dermal filler diminishes lines and wrinkles depends on the product.
Juvéderm and Restylane are hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is also found naturally in your body. Fifty percent of all your body’s HA is found in the skin, but is also found in most other tissues, particularly around your eyes and in your joints. The compound declines with age like collagen and is responsible for maintaining hydration in the skin by attracting water, keeping your skin plump and youthful.
Hyaluronic fillers add volume and provide a supple appearance, treating skin depressions, scars, crow’s feet, smile lines, nasolabial folds and under-eye hollows. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm are used in the soft tissues of the face to improve deflated sunken-in cheeks and to provide augmentation if desired such as lip augmentation. The under-eye area known as the tear trough is a common concern, but it is a delicate region that requires a skilled and experienced injector for correction. Always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon or an aesthetics expert with the proper training to perform your dermal filler treatment. Your risk of complications goes up in inexperienced hands, and you may need dermal filler revision.
Radiesse contains calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) that is found naturally in your bones. CaHA works both as a filler and in a process known as Biostimulation. In other words, it can stimulate new elastin and collagen production in the tissues to combat further damage from sun exposure and aging while also
filling the hollows and wrinkles. The FDA-approved injectable creates a scaffold within your tissues for the new collagen and elastin to build on. As a filler, Radiesse works well for smile lines, marionette lines and frown lines. It is a perfect filler to help replace the bone resorption of aging to improve the fullness and contour of the cheekbones and the jawline. Chin wrinkles and skin and fat drooping around the jawline can be treated with Radiesse.
Restoring Volume and Facial Contour
Sculptra is made with poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a non-toxic and biodegradable synthetic substance that has been used as a suture material for decades. PLLA is FDA-approved and works as a collagen replacement to support a strong tissue and cell framework. After the PLLA is injected, it stimulates new collagen production for as long as three months. This process is called BIOSTIMULATION. Both PLLA and Radiesse can be used to stimulate new collagen (neocollagenesis) to form and can be used to augment the contour of the face and are even used for volume in the body such as the buttock in the non-surgical Brazilian buttock lift / buttock augmentation. This dermal filler works well on the lower face and adds volume to provide that youthful vitality that is lost to aging. The PLLA in Sculptra focuses on the deep tissues and changes in your skin that are causing the lines and wrinkles, and the compound restores the underlying skin structure to revitalize collagen production.
Fast, Easy Improvements
Radiesse, Juvéderm and Restylane offer immediate results. You should notice visible improvements right after your dermal filler appointment, though you may have some swelling and redness. Radiesse results can give you a natural-looking, younger appearance for a year or longer. Juvéderm and Restylane outcomes may last about the same from one to two years, depending on the type of Juvéderm or Restylane used and the location of the cosmetic concern. Your body naturally breaks down the clear hyaluronic acid in Juvéderm and Restylane. As the hyaluronic acid reabsorbs your wrinkles, the skin’s contour will return to where it was prior to injection. Although some patients worry that it may cause wrinkles to worsen, that is not the case. In fact, it may even have some lasting protective stimulation to help improve your aging skin. Maintenance treatments every 6-12 months are needed to keep your youthful appearance.
Sculptra works differently than the other dermal fillers. While it doesn’t provide immediate results, it pushes your body to gradually increase collagen through a process known as biostimulation for a semi-permanent outcome that can last up to two years. This stimulation results in new collagen known as neocollagenesis. Several treatments are often needed to reach desired results, and each session re-stimulates collagen growth. Full results are typically seen four to six weeks after your treatment. Some patients prefer Sculptra because it offers gradual improvement that doesn’t make you appear as though you’ve had work done.
No Downtime or Recovery Needed
Dermal filler treatments require zero recovery time, making them an ideal alternative to face procedures. Not only do you get immediate results, but you can resume your everyday life right after your
appointment. You may have some redness, swelling, tenderness or sensations around the injection site, and occasional bruising, but these are typically mild and disappear within one to two days. A dermal filler treatment generally takes 30 minutes, and injectables contain a numbing agent to ease your discomfort. Most patients find the process fast and easy with astounding results.
Dermal fillers should only be injected by a skilled medical professional such as our Dr. Horvath, an aesthetics expert and board-certified plastic surgeon. Choosing someone without the training and experience needed for dermal filler treatment increases your risk of complications such as lumps, infection and even wounds.
Quick Treatments, Youthful Results
Dr. Horvath is a highly respected plastic surgeon known for his talent and skill for achieving natural-looking results that preserve and enhance your beautiful features. Horvath Aesthetics offers easy solutions to elevate your appearance with non-surgical treatments that deliver excellent results, similar to facial surgery.
Schedule your consultation at Horvath Aesthetics to see if dermal fillers are right for you by calling (215) 884-2880.