There are a variety of injectable fillers available to patients interested in reducing naturally occurring wrinkles and lines related to aging, including crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and lines around the glabella area between the eyebrows. Many of these fillers are made from organic or naturally occurring chemicals already present in the body. At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, we are pleased to offer our patients numerous non-surgical procedures that extend youthful looks and create the appearance of slowed aging.
Types of Injectable Fillers
Botox is, by far, the most common and popular forms of injectable filler. Its uses are varied, but it is the safest and most effective treatment options for smoothing out wrinkle-prone areas of the face, like crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles and furrows. Botox treatments are delivered in units to target facial muscles responsible for creating wrinkles. Most Botox treatments take about 15 minutes to administer.
Juvederm is an injectable approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006. Juvederm in used primarily to soften “smile lines” and “marionette lines” near the nose and mouth, as well as to add plumpness or volume to the lips.
These injections work by increasing the amount of hyaluronic acid on your face, which naturally decreases as your body ages. This chemical acts as your body’s natural moisturizer, which keeps your skin looking young and healthy. Juvederm is often combined with other cosmetic skin procedures, such as Botox, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and even facelifts. Results from Juvederm can typically be seen almost instantly, and last anywhere from six to 12 months.
Radiesse is another injectable filler used to add volume and definition to the face. Radiesse is made from calcium hydroxyapatite and is used to target wrinkles and folds which begin to appear as skin ages. The injection material stimulates natural collagen production, replenishes lost volume in the skin, and can last for a year or more for many patients.
Injectable filler, Sculptra, is used to sculpt and shape nasolabial folds, vertical lip lines, and corners around the mouth. The filler is made from a poly-L-lactic acid, and, like Radiesse, stimulates natural collagen production. Sculptra differs from other injectables in that it typically takes multiple treatments before results are noticed. It is ideal for those men and women interested in a more subtle anti-aging regimen. Most importantly, for many patients, Sculptra treatments last up to two years.
Process and Maintenance
Injectable fillers are typically delivered via a very thin needle, which is targeted to a muscle or area in the face. The type of injectable used depends largely on the patient, their medical history, and the type of outcome they are hoping to achieve. The sort of injectable also affects how long the material will remain active. For example, the effects of Botox injections can last three months, while those of Sculptra injections can last up to two years. Patients interested in injectable fillers should speak with Dr. DeLuca or Dr. Tauber about how to best maintain their face following the procedure.
Candidates For Injectable Fillers
Most candidates for injection procedures are 35 or older, and are interested in slowing the effects of the natural aging process. An ideal candidate has skin which retains some of its youthful flexibility. Injectable fillers are not meant to permanently alleviate wrinkles and lines but can help greatly reduce their prominence.
Contact DeLuca Plastic Surgery for a free consultation if you are interested in learning more about how injectable fillers can help you maintain your youthful appearance.