What are facial fillers?
Facial fillers are injectable products that are routinely used to correct a variety of cosmetic concerns, including smile lines, worry lines, and volume loss in the face and hands.
Facial Filler Treatment Areas:
Facial fillers are often inserted into the lines and wrinkles that develop around the nose and mouth. Additional areas that can be treated include the cheeks, chin, jawline, lips, and backs of the hands.
Am I a candidate for facial fillers?
Many adults are excellent candidates for facial fillers. The ideal patient is generally happy with their appearance but interested in reducing the prominence of lines and wrinkles. With realistic expectations, most patients who choose to temporarily improve their facial aesthetic with facial fillers feel very happy with their results.
Facial fillers may not be appropriate for individuals with an active skin infection in the desired area of treatment. The treatment has also not been tested on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Facial Fillers vs. Botox
Botox and facial fillers fall into the category of injectable treatment. However, there are notable differences. Botox is an injectable product containing dilute amounts of purified bacteria. When introduced beneath the skin, the active ingredient binds to nerve endings to decrease the severity of muscle contraction. The relaxation of muscles can achieve goals such as smoothing dynamic lines and wrinkles, lifting the brows, or reducing a downward turn at the corners of the mouth.
Facial fillers are used to correct a different type of problem than Botox. Products like Juvéderm and Restylane are introduced to superficial tissue to plump lines and creases or add volume in areas where fatty tissue has diminished.
Facial Filler Treatment Process
When patients visit our office for facial fillers in Show Low, AZ they can expect their appointment to last no more than thirty minutes. To begin treatment, we listen as you discuss your cosmetic concerns. The provider then observes your face and skin to determine which product and how much of that product is needed to achieve your desired result. Topical numbing medication can be applied if you are concerned about comfort. Some facial fillers contain Lidocaine to reduce the pinch that is felt upon injection. Most patients tolerate injections well without external anesthetic.
The effects of filler treatment are immediately visible. This allows the provider to observe improvements as they occur and make adjustments if necessary. After injections are complete, an ice pack may be provided to reduce surface discomfort if you would like. When you leave the office, you go right back to your normal activities.
What is Juvéderm?
Juvéderm is a brand of facial filler products that have been widely used to reduce the signs of aging. This hyaluronic acid product is made with Hylacross technology to achieve a smooth gel consistency that integrates nicely into the skin.
How does Juvéderm work?
Juvéderm reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, plumps the lips, and contours the cheeks and other areas of the face by introducing hyaluronic acid (HA) to superficial tissue. Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate compound that naturally adheres to water molecules it attracts. Acid particles secure water molecules beneath the skin for a period of months. Over time, as the product degrades, water molecules are released and the line or crease returns.
Types of Juvéderm
Juvéderm products include:
Juvéderm® Ultra XC
This filler is used to fill lines around the nose and mouth. It may also be used at the corners of the mouth, around the lips to reduce fine lines, and on the forehead to reduce worry lines. In some cases, Juvéderm Ultra is used for lip augmentation. Results may last up to 12 months.
Juvéderm Voluma® XC
Voluma is a filler that has been developed specifically for mid-face enhancement. The filler increases cheek volume for up to 18 months. Voluma may also be used to augment the chin or jawline.
Juvéderm Vollure™ XC
Vollure is the Juvéderm product that we may recommend for use around the mouth. This filler may significantly reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines for up to 18 months.
Juvéderm Volbella® XC
This filler has become a popular go-to for lip enhancement. The light, smooth consistency of Volbella provides lip fullness and wrinkle reduction that can last up to 12 months.
What results can I expect from Juvéderm?
The results of Juvéderm treatment vary in duration based on the product used and also on the way in which a person’s unique metabolism gradually processes the filler. The timeframes listed above provide the best estimate of product longevity.
What is Restylane?
Restylane is also a popular facial filler product line that features varying formulations to achieve specific results. This family of facial fillers contains hyaluronic acid as the active ingredient targeting lines, creases, and areas of volume depletion.
How does Restylane work?
Restylane injections are designed to work in the same way natural hyaluronic acid (HA) does in the body. The strategic insertion of hyaluronic acid in the form of Restylane draws water molecules into the treatment area, where they can be held by HA particles for months at a time.
Types of Restylane:
Restylane products include:
The original Restylane filler, Restylane-L contains Lidocaine to improve the comfort of treatment. This product has been commonly used to treat smile lines, forehead lines, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines, and undereye bags and dark circles. Restylane-L may also be used to enhance the lips. Results may last up to 18 months.
The consistency of Restylane Lyft has been perfected to provide structure and fullness to the mid-face or cheek area. Results may last up to 18 months.
Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne
These two Restylane products are commonly used around the nose and mouth. They have been formulated using XpresHA technology to achieve the flexibility that supports a natural look and feel in areas that are commonly used for facial expression.
Patients who are interested in soft, full lips choose Restylane Silk for a natural look and feel. Results last approximately 6 months.
What is the recovery from facial fillers?
One of the prominent aspects of facial filler treatment is that there is no downtime to speak of. After treatment, patients may notice a slight redness and minor swelling at injection points. These side effects are discrete, if they occur at all, and decrease within an hour or two in most cases.
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*Individual results vary. Seek medical advice before starting any treatment.