If you are considering Injectible Fillers, our Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, Radiesse & Voluma services are among the most popular facial fillers in the Minneapolis area.
While many people think of aging as merely getting wrinkles, it is also commonly associated with the loss of volume in the face. Skin loses collagen and elasticity as we age. Facial features once accentuated by fullness can become marked by more severe contours and thin skin. Injectable Fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra & Voluma can provide volume to the face to achieve the desired result.
While fillers are a safe solution for someone wanting to “freshen” their look, the outcome greatly depends on the experience and skill of the injector. It is important to make sure the person providing your treatment has been properly trained and has experience treating the desired area. Our physicians are highly trained in the art of fillers. Their expert knowledge of facial symmetry and balance allow them to produce natural, youthful results.
Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra & Voluma injections from our Twin Cities clinics typically last six to twelve months or longer and are most commonly used to add volume to cheeks and fill in deep smile lines and the lips. The procedure is short and most patients return to their normal routine almost immediately following the treatment.
MOST COMMON PROBLEM AREAS
- Lines around the mouth
- Dark circles under eyes
- Marionette lines (jowls)
- Sagging cheek bones
- Thin lips
Injectable fillers like Juvederm and Sculptra are some of the hottest trends in facial rejuvenation today. This is because facial fillers address facial volume loss in a safe and effective manner with very little down time. Fillers can have nice aesthetic results after injection into the temples, brow region, upper and lower eyelid hollows, cheeks, lips, smile lines, “marionette” lines, and chin. There are basically 3 types of filler.
- Hyaluronic acids (HA): Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in our bodies found primarily in joints and connective tissue. It is a large molecule that attracts water. There are 4 major brands of hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Perlane, and Belotero) with more being brought to market all the time. Each of the different brands of hyaluronic acid have different strengths and weaknesses. (For instance, Juvederm attracts the most fluid, so it is often used in lip augmentation to create the most soft and full lip possible.) Belotero is the thinnest and easiest to massage and shape after injection, so it often used to fill fine lines around the eyes. Hyaluronic acids last 24 months depending on where they are injected and what product is used. Hyaluronic acid can be dissolved in the event a less than ideal result has been obtained, proving it to be a good filler when using injectables for the first time.
- Sculptra: Sculptra is a liquid form of a kind of stitch material that is often used in surgery. It is injected with a lot of fluid meaning that the patient will look swollen for a couple of hours until the fluid resorbs. Unlike Hyaluronic Acid or Radiesse, there is no immediate effect from Sculptra. The material in Sculptra is attacked by the body’s immune system which actually stimulates significant collagen production over a period of 4-8 weeks after injection. Typically, several (2-4) injections are performed spaced a month apart. The results of a series of Sculptra injections often appear very natural, and last 2 years or longer. Sculptra cannot be dissolved after it is injected.
- Calcium Hydroxyapatite: Calcium hydroxyapatite (brand name Radiesse) is similar to the material that makes up bone, but it is a thick fluid that can injected. It is very thick and maintains its shape and placement well, so it is often injected deep in areas where there is noticeable bone loss, such as around the chin. Radiesse dissolves after about 18 months, but does stimulate the body to make collagen, so perhaps 20% of the volume injected will be permanent. Radiesse cannot be dissolved, unlike the Hyaluronic acids (HA).
Schedule a consultation with our staff to find out if it is right for you.