Dermal Fillers: Building Beauty From the Inside Out
As we age, we lose volume under our skin. At the same time, our skin is losing elasticity. Without this support and natural resilience, skin sags and wrinkles. This volume loss – shrinking cheekbones and thinning lips – used to be inevitable. Fixing sagging skin meant a surgical facelift.
Today, dermal fillers like Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® can add natural-looking volume to lift facial skin and smooth wrinkles at the skin’s surface, without surgery. Replacing that tissue in the cheeks, lips or folds of the face also creates a more youthful shape.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Blush Aesthetics offers JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® dermal fillers to restore your natural, youthful appearance. JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® are injectable dermal fillers that plump and smooth skin for a fuller, smoother appearance. They are FDA-approved injectable dermal fillers that contain Hyaluronic acid.
There are many different products available, and every patient is different. Dr. Hennessey will determine your ideal treatment based on muscle structure, fat structure, metabolism, bone structure, volume loss and desired outcome.
How Hyaluronic Acid Works
Next to botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers are the second most frequent minimally invasive procedure performed in the United States.
The most popular type of wrinkle filler is hyaluronic acid or HA. HA is a natural sugar in the body that holds water and delivers volume to the skin. Modified HA is the main ingredient in the JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® families of specialized products.
Approximately 50% of the total HA concentration in the body is in our skin. HA binds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. HA works with your body by holding in water at the injection site. This hydrated tissue provides support and gives the skin a fuller appearance.
Each JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® dermal filler product is designed specifically to enhance the shape of your lips, cheeks and other areas of the face that have lost volume over time. Restylane® also improves the appearance of aging on the hands.
What are the Results?
Dermal fillers offer immediate rejuvenating results with little downtime. Dermal fillers can improve:
- Loss of volume in cheeks
- Loss of lip volume and definition
- Deep smile lines, or nasolabial furrows
- Smoker's lines; vertical lines on the mouth
- Some facial scars
JUVÉDERM® is a collection of FDA-approved, injectable dermal fillers that can give skin a fuller, smoother appearance. JUVÉDERM® is a great option for those with aesthetic issues who are not ready for a facelift.
Each JUVÉDERM® product is designed specifically to enhance the shape of your lips, cheeks, or other areas of the face that have lost volume with age.
Specialized JUVÉDERM® treatments
- JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC is used for lip augmentation and to soften the appearance of vertical lip lines with natural-looking, long-lasting results.
- JUVÉDERM Ultra Plus effectively improves the appearance of nasolabial folds.
Restylane® adds volume and fullness under the skin. This new volume improves the appearance of moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth, or nasolabial folds. Restylane® can also enhance and define lips for a fuller, smoother look.
Each Restylane® product is designed to treat a specific issue for optimal results.
- Restylane® for nasolabial folds
- Restylane® Silk for lips and lines around the mouth
- Restylane® Lyft for the backs of the hands, facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds
Restylane® is one of the most tested and trusted dermal fillers available. Since its launch in 1996, more than 20 million Restylane®treatments have been performed across the globe. No animal tissue is used in the formulation of Restylane®, which means no complications for those with animal allergies and no risk of disease transmission. You’ll see results immediately and improvements can last from between six months to a year.
Restore Your Natural, Youthful Appearance!
Increased Collagen Production
Some research shows that repeated injections with dermal fillers such as Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® may help stimulate the body's natural production of collagen. Increased collagen production reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. There is also some evidence that less dermal filler is needed with repeated treatments to achieve the same look.
Dermal Filler FAQ
How long does it take to get dermal fillers?
JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® treatments usually take less than 30 minutes and have minimal downtime.
Are dermal filler injections painful?
We inject dermal fillers injections with an ultrafine needle. Although treatment is painless for most patients, we can use a local anesthetic for your comfort, if needed.
How soon will I see results?
Dermal filler treatments provide immediate results with little to no downtime. It can take a few days for the injectable gel to settle. For this reason, optimal results and the final look may take up to two weeks.
Who is not right for dermal fillers?
We do not recommend Restylane® for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, under the age of 21, have recently used blood thinners, have a bleeding disorder, or have drug allergies, including lidocaine.
What are the side effects of dermal fillers?
Side effects are uncommon with JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®. The most common are swelling at the injection site and reaction to the active ingredients in the injections.
Other rare side effects are redness and bruising at the injection site, headache, tenderness, lump formation or itching at the injection site. These side effects are typically mild and resolve themselves within a few weeks.
After treatment, patients can use an ice pack to reduce any swelling that may occur.
Dr. Erin Hennessey is a certified trainer for fillers and travels all over the country educating other providers on how to create natural-looking results for their patients. Dermal fillers are safe and proven while offering fast, long-lasting results.