Turn Back the Clock With Dermal Fillers

A Quick Run-Down on Injectables

As we age, our face loses subcutaneous fat and our skin stretches, causing lines and wrinkles to become more obvious. Factor the sun, our heredities and lifestyles into the mix, and our faces become weathered with time. Many women and men seek ways to preserve their youthful appearances.  

Although we haven’t figured out how to turn back time quite yet, doctors CAN help you diminish facial lines and restore volume in your face safely with the help of non-invasive dermal fillers. Once injected into the skin, they can help fill in wrinkles and give you a smoother appearance.  Dermal fillers can plump thin lips, soften facial wrinkles and creases, enhance shallow contours, and improve the appearance of recessed scars.

Since they are eventually absorbed into the body, most fillers are temporary, so some may need more than one injection to achieve their desired effect. Dermal fillers do NOT take the place of facial surgeries, but they are an excellent approach toward altering the signs of early aging, and can delay the need for a facelift, eyelift, etc.

The many options available to the consumer can be overwhelming. Below is a quick run-down of the various fillers offered and approved by the FDA, which all differ in softness, chemical make-up and longevity.  All of the below involve a fine gauge needle and no recovery time or anesthesia. Your doctor will help you decide which option, if any, is best for you. 


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Belotero Balance is made of HA (hyaluronic acid), which is a natural component of your skin, so it adapts nicely to your skin and gives you smooth, natural-appearing results. Belotero binds to water, allowing it to fill in wrinkles and folds, providing immediate correction of treatment areas. The adaptable nature of the filler allows for a versatility that makes Belotero effective on deep treatment areas such as smile lines, as well as more delicate lines such as vertical lip lines.

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Botox is quick, safe and effective, and one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. Botox reduces or eliminates facial lines and wrinkles for up to six months with no downtime and little to no discomfort. Through a series of tiny injections, Botox gives you a rejuvenated look by smoothing crow’s feet beneath the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines across the forehead, worry lines around the mouth, and lines on the neck.

In addition to smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, Botox may be useful for treating migraine headaches, excessive sweating, chronic back and jaw pain, and muscle spasms.

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Dysport immobilizes the muscles on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth to restore a more youthful expression to the face, and actually trains the muscles to contract less often after several treatments.

In addition to treating fine lines and wrinkles, Dysport can also be used to relieve excessive underarm sweating, and treat the symptoms of cervical dystonia, such as neck pain and abnormal head position.

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Juvéderm is most effective in reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds, which are the lines that run from the bottom of the nose to the corner of the mouth on both sides of the face. The results are a fuller, more youthful appearance. 

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Perlane can be used on wrinkles and lines across the face. It is especially effective on lines that stretch from the nose to the corners of the mouth, known as nasolabial folds. Perlane is commonly used to decrease fine lines around the lips, mouth, nose and forehead that include crow’s feet, worry lines, frown lines and smile lines. It can also be used to enhance and augment the lips or chin, fill cheek depressions, redefine lip borders, soften acne or other facial scars and improve other facial depressions. Less commonly, it can also be used to fill hollows under the eyes, create a temporary eyebrow lift and soften the appearance of jowls. Most patients reach their desired results with just one injection, however some required more than one.

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Once injected, Radiesse volumizes and lifts facial tissues to reduce the signs of aging. Radiesse acts as a frame under the skin, providing structure and stimulating the body’s own natural collagen to grow. The production of natural collagen continues for several months after the procedure, making Radiesse a great choice for long-lasting results.

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Restylane is used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). RestylaneRestylane-L and Restylane Silk may also be used for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years. Restylane Silk can be used to treat lip lines in patients over 21 years.

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If you're over the age of 21 and find that you're losing volume in your cheek area, Voluma may be right for you. It improves skin structure and elasticity to create a smooth, youthful, natural look. Voluma is the first (and only) injectable gel, consisting of collagen and elastin, approved by the FDA to add volume to the cheek area. Voluma is also beneficial for contouring the chin area. Results are instantaneous and can last for up to two years.

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Xeomin is used to help minimize the appearance of fine lines around the eyebrows, mouth, and forehead. Quick, safe and effective, Xeomin reduces or eliminates facial lines and wrinkles for up to three to six months with no downtime and little to no discomfort.  Through a series of tiny injections, Xeomin gives you a rejuvenated look by smoothing frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet beneath the eyes, lines across the forehead, and worry lines around the mouth.

In addition to smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, Xeomin is FDA approved for treating cervical dystonia or blepharospasm.  Xeomin has no additives, unlike other similar products such as Botox. This means there may be a lower risks of developing antibodies against Xeomin than other neurotoxins. You should continue to see results from future Xeomin injections rather than your body potentially becoming immune to the product . Because Xeomin does not contain any additional proteins, the risk of allergic reactions is lowered, too.

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