The team at Patient Preferred Dermatology uses dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to restore the face's natural appearance, by volumizing the dermis where there has been a loss of volume and collagen. Long Beach-area men and women frequently find that dermal fillers are an important component of any cosmetic rejuvenation program. The procedure is often referred to as a "liquid face lift" since the results of filler treatment can often replace or delay a traditional surgical facelift.
There are many formulas and brands of dermal fillers (JUVEDERM®, Restylane®, VOLUMA®, VOLLURE™, etc). Each filler has unique properties and is used for a specific purpose, which ranges from smoothing out wrinkles to reshaping the nose to restoring skin volume where collagen is diminished. Since everyone is different, each recommended filler or combination of fillers will be chosen to suit each patient's specific needs and cosmetic goals.
The areas most commonly treated with dermal fillers are the nasal labial folds (lines from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth), marionette lines (lines from the corner of the mouth, downwards), and the lips. Fillers are used to add definition and volume to lips, correct under-eye shadows, shape the nose and cheeks, and treat acne scars. These corrections give us a more youthful appearance. Depending on the filler used, the effects can last from nine months to a couple years or longer.
Collagen is a natural, fibrous protein found throughout the body. In the skin, collagen works with elastin to provide structural support. Collagen gives volume and shape to our face. Loss of collagen is mostly due to the natural aging process. As we enter our 30s, collagen starts breaking down, resulting in wrinkles. By replacing lost collagen, the structural support is strengthened.
Like collagen, hyaluronic acid (HA) is found naturally in the body. This complex sugar retains water, able to absorb more than 1,000 times its weight. A clear, colorless gel, HA adds volume to the skin's surface and binds with collagen and elastin. Together, these three elements provide structure to the skin. Fillers with an HA base add volume to facial wrinkles. No allergy test is required, because this sugar is found in all living animals. HA represents the fastest growing non-invasive aesthetic procedures in the United States.
Although most fillers contain a numbing agent, we also apply a topical anesthetic cream to additionally numb the skin first. The filler is injected just below the skin surface. The treatment is comfortable and the results are immediate.
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Fillers are designed to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, targeting specific concerns. JUVEDERM® and Restylane® are the two most popular brands in today's market, typically used to treat wrinkles on the lower part of the face: nasal labial folds, marionette lines, and lips. Volumizers, like RADIESSE® and Sculptra®, are designed to do just that: add volume. They replace the lost collagen and provide structure to the face.
The Patient Preferred Dermatology team has experience in helping patients determine the best course of treatment. Some require a small amount of correction to obtain ideal results while others use a combination of the various treatment options—often referred to as a "liquid face lift"—to achieve their desired look.
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* individual results may vary