Soft Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are generally created from Hyaluronic acid-- a naturally occurring substance located between skin cells that binds moisture and provides fullness. Doctors will inject these substances at varying depths within the skin to fill facial imperfections such as creases, scars, and wrinkles. Fillers are also used to enhance the volume and define the shape of the lips. Some other common dermal fillers are:
Juvederm(Ultra and Ultra Plus): FDA approved in June 2006, Juvederm treats mild to moderate facial creases (such as the "paranthesis" on either side of your mouth). Juvederm also smoothes and softens the appearance of scars and other depressed areas and plumps and defines the lips. One treatment with Juvederm lasts up to one year.
Radiesse: FDA approved in December 2006, Radiesse treats mild to moderate facial creases and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Comparable to Juvederm, a single treatment with Radiesse lasts up to one year.
Restylane: FDA approved in December 2003, Restylane treats mild to moderate facial creases, replacing lost volume and smoothing wrinkles. This product is comparable to Juvederm and Radiesse, and one treatment lasts at least 6 months.
Perlane(Restylane family): FDA approved in May 2007, Perlane treats moderate facial creases and is designed for deeper injection than Juvederm and traditional Restylane. One treatment with Perlane lasts at least six months in a majority of patients.
FDA approved in August 2004, Sculptra was originally intended to treat lipoatrophy (loss of facial fat) in HIV positive individuals. Our surgeons also use Sculptra on non-HIV individuals to add volume to facial features. One treatment of Sculptra should last about two years.
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