Sun exposure, hormonal changes, and aging can all have an impact on your skin’s appearance. Over time, your skin begins to lose hyaluronic acid and collagen, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of fullness and elasticity. Fillers are the best way to restore volume to these aging areas.
Juvederm Ultra ®, Voluma ®, Volift ®, Volbella ®, and Restylane ® are the facial fillers that we most frequently use to replenish hyaluronic acid and collagen that has been lost during the aging process. They work by giving volume to your skin to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and thinning skin. They are also used to enhance and define lips, cheeks, chin, and jaw line. Hyaluronic acid injections have been shown to stimulate collagen production. Best of all, the results are instant, natural looking, and there is very little down time. One of the most popular uses for fillers is for lip augmentation.
Dr. Nakatsui, thanks for recommending Volbella® for my dark circles and Voluma® to ‘lift up my cheeks’- I love the effect. The shadows under my eyes which were beginning to track down to my chin are not so obvious. The result is so natural; I don’t think anyone has really noticed. But I know that I don’t look so tired anymore. – H.M.
Description: Soft tissue facial fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma, and Volbella are injected into the skin to enhance soft tissue volume, diminish wrinkles, and fill in depressed areas such as scars. These are most commonly used for lip injections, and for filling the nasolabial folds, but are often used in other areas, such as the marionette lines, jawline, chin, cheeks, and temples. At our Centre we inject hyaluronic acid-based fillers. Longer-lasting injectables with microscopic particles are more risky in that granulomas, placement errors, migration, and possible necrosis are more likely.
Brands: There are many brands on the market currently. Some examples include Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, Volbella, Emervel, Teosyal, Bellafill, Sculptra, and Revanesse. Your doctor will help you choose which one is best for you.
Average Cost: $500.00 – $2,000.00. The cost of a treatment will vary depending on your specific needs and the area being treated.
Length of Procedure: 15 to 30 minutes depending on the number of areas treated.
Recovery Time: Zero to 10 days, depending on filler and area treated.
Treatment Frequency: On average, one to two times a year depending how quickly the filler is metabolized and which filler is being used. In some areas of the face such as cheeks, the filler will last much longer, whereas lip injections last a shorter duration.
Risks: Temporary bruising, swelling, possible infection with temporary fillers.
Duration of Results: Temporary fillers last from three to six months or more. Some types of filler will last for a year or longer.
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