Aging produces changes in your appearance. Skin quality deteriorates, and portions of the face begin to lose volume. These changes lead to some common findings, such as deeper lines and wrinkles, jowls, and grooves beneath the eyes. Soft tissue fillers can help. Administered via injection, these fillers help restore fullness to your face and improve the appearance of facial wrinkles.
REASONS for Fillers
Do you desire fuller lips? Do you want to reduce some wrinkles or folds, or add volume to your cheeks, as you strive for a more youthful appearance?
You may be a good candidate for soft tissue fillers if you:
- have deep nasolabial folds, that dividing line between your cheek and upper lip.
- have deep lines adjacent to the chin, also known as marionette lines.
- desire fuller cheeks or if you experienced age-related volume loss.
- want fuller lips. Fillers can give you a more voluptuous appearance to your lips.
- have grooves or hollows beneath your eyes.
- desire additional volume to your hollowed temples.
- desire a more balanced facial appearance or symmetry.
Patients who have had a prior allergy to one of these products, or patients with an allergy to gram-positive bacterial proteins, should not undergo these treatments. Dr. Tepper will review your medical history with you to ensure that you do not suffer from such allergies.
Whereas soft tissue fillers may not provide the dramatic result that surgery offers, these minimally invasive treatments have their own set of benefits. Fillers offer immediate results, often at a significant savings, and with much less downtime and recovery period.
Some of the different types of fillers available for use include:
- Restylane Silk
- Restylane Lyft
- Juvederm XC
- Juvederm Ultra XC
- Juvederm Voluma XC
Hyaluronic acid fillers are among the most commonly used groups of fillers, in part because they have proven themselves to be extremely safe for use. Restylane family and Juvederm family of products fall within this category, as does Belotero. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Thus, when receiving injections of these fillers you are receiving a product closely resembling what is already naturally found in the human body. Allergy skin testing is not required. However, hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are derived from gram-positive bacteria (Streptococcus). If you have an allergy to such, you should avoid these products.
Many injectables contain a small amount of local anesthetic, making the process very tolerable. Fillers can be placed almost anywhere on the face. Factors such as cross-linking, viscosity and particle size influence the preferred anatomic uses. In other words, Restylane silk and Belotero may appear “thinner and smoother”, and are suitable for areas such as very fine lip lines, whereas Voluma XC may appear “thicker” as it excels at adding volume to the cheek area.
Dr. Richard Tepper will gladly address your specific concerns and discuss which products may be right for you.
Juvederm Voluma XC, the latest injectable hyaluronic acid filler approved by the FDA, instantly enhances lost volume in the cheek area that is lost to the effects of aging. Voluma, which can last for up to two years, is injected under the skin using a fine needle, adding just enough volume to lift the cheeks.
RECOVERY from Fillers
Many patients return to work or social activities right away, but some patients may require a brief recovery period. Injection site reactions are most common, with mild needle site redness or swelling. However some patients may experience bruising. Dr. Tepper will gladly discuss how you might be able to reduce the chance of this occurring. Ice may be applied gently to the site if you experience swelling. And at times, gentle massage of fillers may be advisable to further create a smooth contour. If you have a very important event within a few days of a planned treatment, you may want to discuss this with Dr. Tepper to see if there might be a more advantageous time.
Before & After Photos
View Before and After photos of some of our satisfied patients who have chosen to work with Dr. Tepper.