When you begin to see the signs of aging, simple and effective non-surgical treatments commonly known as dermal fillers are available to help reduce the formation of fine lines and wrinkles or restore volume for fuller cheeks and lips. Sometimes known as wrinkle fillers, these cosmetic injectables can actually do much more than simply temporarily reduce/eliminate or smooth wrinkles. In fact, these fillers are designed to create a youthful appearance that can encompass and revitalize the entire face. This includes adding lift to the cheeks, reducing under eye circles, enhancing the volume of the lips, diminishing the appearance of acne scars, adding definition to the contours of the face, and much more. Cosmetic fillers can oftentimes give you the ultimate lift without the recovery time of surgery. When the appropriate filling agent and technique is used, the results are not only dramatic but can actually last much longer than expected
Types of Dermal Fillers
There are two main categories that injectable fillers can be grouped into: temporary injectable fillers and semi-permanent/permanent injectable fillers. In most situations, temporary injectable fillers are preferred with the most popular and effective of these temporary fillers being Juvederm and Restylane. These 2 injectable fillers fall into a more specific category known as hyaluronic gels.
Interestingly, hyaluronic gels have many short and long-term benefits. In fact, some of these discoveries are due to the research collaborations between Dr. Fagien and the cosmetic industry. Among these many benefits, Dr. Fagien and his collaborators discovered that hyaluronic acid increases the body’s production of collagen and perhaps more importantly, elastin. These studies have resulted in temporary effects that lasted from a few months to a couple years in which much longer effects were observed.
Natural Fillers (Hyaluronic Acid)
Juvéderm: A versatile hyaluronic acid filler, Juvéderm can be used to soften lines, enhance the lips and more. Results are visible instantly, and last from 6 to more than 12 months depending on where and how it is injected.
Voluma: A denser, more robust version of Juvéderm, Voluma is ideal for restoring facial fullness and adding definition to the cheeks, chin and jawline. Voluma results can last a year or more.
Restylane (Silk, Lyft, Refyne and Defyne)
Restylane: Restylane is another multipurpose hyaluronic acid filler that is used to improve lines, furrows, under eye circles, and to improve lower facial contours such as the nasolabial folds, jowls, jawline contour and more. Results last from 6 to 12 months and are visible immediately after treatment.
Restylane Silk: The only hyaluronic acid filler specifically designed for the lips, Restylane Silk adds natural looking volume and fills vertical lines around the mouth.
Restylane Lyft: This more robust version of Restylane works well for deeper creases and can be used in many of the same ways as Restylane® as well as to add lift to the cheeks, eyebrows, and lower face as well as enhance the definition of facial contours.
Restylane Refyne: Designed to help soften laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines), Refyne can help you restore a more natural look to your face while maintaining your facial expressions.
Restylane Defyne: Used to smooth out deep laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines), Defyne is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is able to help restore a more youthful, natural-looking appearance, while helping you maintain your natural expressions
Benefits of Injectable Fillers and What to Expect
One of the top benefits of cosmetic injectables is that there is essentially no down-time after you receive an injection, and in most situations you can resume your normal daily activities immediately. The office visit usually takes about 30 – 60 minutes, and you can be on your way. If desired, Dr. Fagien can administer relatively painless local anesthetic injections prior to your treatment to make these treatments with dermal fillers nearly pain-free. Initial and final results vary with each type of filler, so you may experience some minor side effects immediately after the injection such as an “over-filled” look in the treated areas mostly due to swelling/edema, minor bruising, redness or numbness around the treatment area. However, these side effects are temporary and mild and will go away quickly – usually within the first hour after treatment.
From a timeline perspective, the natural aging process and the amount of filler your body requires and absorbs will determine the length of your results, so you may require several treatments to achieve your desired smoothness and restoration. But you can rest assured knowing that under the supervision of world-renowned aesthetic eyelid surgeon, Dr. Steven Fagien, your treatments will result in that youthful and rejuvenated appearance you’ve always wanted.
Dr. Fagien’s Expertise with Injectable Dermal Fillers
When it comes to fillers, Dr. Fagien takes an artistic approach, treating each one as though it were its own unique paintbrush . From restoring lost facial volume to smoothing the appearance of lines and furrows, Dr. Fagien and his staff customize treatments to meet each patient’s needs and goals with natural looking results. For over two decades, Dr. Fagien has been helping both women and men replenish their natural volume and smooth out their skin, giving them a youthful and vibrant appearance.
In addition to just utilizing fillers on their own, Dr. Fagien will also commonly recommend using them in conjunction with cosmetic eyelid surgery. Fillers have proven to be a wonderful complement to blepharoplasty and many other procedures as they provide a comprehensive rejuvenation for the entire face.
Whether you are noticing the very first signs of aging or if you just want fuller lips and cheeks, dermal fillers may be just what you need to freshen up your face. To revitalize the healthy and energetic look of your youth, contact Dr. Fagien’s office today to find out more about facial fillers and if they are right for you.