The most recent advances in facial rejuvenation have shifted away from simply removing sagging skin and wrinkles. The contemporary approach now focuses on restoring facial volume and the youthful facial contours, which are lost due to the age-related thinning of the facial bones, facial muscles and even facial fat. This loss of tissue or "facial atrophy" that occurs with aging effectively diminishes the structures which serve as our skin's scaffolding, and results in exaggerated sagging and wrinkling of the face. This is especially noticeable at the temples, lower cheeks, eyelids and nasolabial folds (smile lines). Even the corners of the mouth tend to droop with age. Overactive facial muscles can further exaggerate wrinkles by etching the overlying skin through repeated creasing.
The state-of-the-art approach to rejuvenation of the face consists more and more of an attempt to restore facial volume and contour, to emulate youthful facial features. Youthful contours can be restored non-surgically through the expert use of fillers and BOTOX® or Dysport®. These can be administered in specific areas to create local correction of contours, or can be used together to create a "liquid facelift." All of these procedures can be completed in less than thirty minutes, are relatively painless and result in little to no downtime.
Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Perlane® are hyaluronic acid gel fillers, which provide excellent wrinkle smoothing results. Created from non-animal, biocompatible (causes no harm to the body) as well as biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body) substances, these gel fillers are injected within the skin to restore volume and smooth out the contours of the skin's surface. Typical treatment areas include the nasal creases and smile lines, the under eye areas and the frown lines. After treatment, your skin will feel smooth, soft to the touch and look completely natural. Since Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Perlane® contain lidocaine (a commonly used anesthetic), no additional anesthesia is required. When Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Perlane® dissolve, they do so evenly and symmetrically, without bumps or irregularity.
- Non-surgical treatment
- Quick, 30-minute procedure
- No additional anesthetic required
- Effective and natural looking results
- Minimal discomfort and little downtime
- Restylane®, and Juvéderm® results lasts up to 8 months
- Perlane® and Juvéderm® Ultra Plus lasts up to 12 months
After your treatment there may be mild, temporary swelling and tenderness that resolves completely within a few days. Ice compresses are applied immediately following injections to help reduce the amount of swelling.
Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Perlane® are FDA approved and created in the laboratory to be biocompatible, biodegradable, non-animal derived hyaluronic acids. When administered by an experienced dermatologist, these products have minimal, if any side effects. Most common side effects are related to temporary injection site reactions. You may experience some redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching or bruising. These are temporary reactions and are short lived (generally less than 7 days). Hyaluronic acid fillers are biocompatible so skin testing isn't required prior to treatment.