Fillers

Juvederm Ultra/Plus XC

Smooths parentheses lines and wrinkles around nose and mouth. Lasts up to 12 months.

Versa and Versa Lips

A newer injectable gel from Canada that will add subtle volume to your lips and, under eyes and soften the appearance of vertical lip lines. It is also used for filling nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Lasts up to 12 months. Dr. Howlin did a recent training in Switzerland that mixes Botox with filler to effectively get rid of vertical lip lines for two years.

RHA REDENSITY, 2, 3, and 4

Our latest addition to fillers from Switzerland. These are made of cross-linked hyaluronic acid gel. Europe has used them for years and they entered the US in August 2020. Lasts 12 months. RHA 2 is a little thinner and for fine lines, RHA 3 is mid-size. RHA 4 is used for more lifting. RHA

Restylane and Restylane Lyft

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved Restylane® injectable gel is a cosmetic "filler" that contains hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance that is found in the body. HA gives volume and elasticity to the skin, but as the body ages, HA levels decrease, resulting in loose skin and wrinkling. When injected, Restylane gel is designed to plump the skin beneath lines and wrinkles, smoothing them out and making them less noticeable.

The most common areas for Restylane treatment are the glabellar lines (which run between the eyebrows) and the nasolabial folds (which run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth). Restylane injectable gel is also FDA-approved, for those 21 and older, for enhancing the lips. According to manufacturer Medicis, results can last for up to 6 months, at which point the hyaluronic acid is reabsorbed by the body.

BENEFITS OF RESTYLANE INJECTABLE GEL

When injected, Restylane gel plumps up glabellar lines and nasolabial folds, making skin appear younger and look smoother. When used for lip enhancement, it makes the lips fuller and gives them more definition.

ADVANTAGES OF RESTYLANE INJECTABLE GEL

One significant advantage that Restylane injectable gel has over other facial fillers made with hyaluronic acid is that it contains nothing of animal origin. As a result, it does not require a potential user to undergo allergy testing, which can sometimes take weeks. Another advantage is that Restylane injections are performed in-office, usually by a dermatologist, in less than half an hour, and require little-to-no downtime for the patient.

SIDE EFFECTS OF RESTYLANE INJECTABLE GEL

The most common side effects of Restylane injectable gel are swelling, redness, pain, bruising and tenderness in and around the injection sites. They typically go away within a week. Although considered safe for most patients, Restylane injections carry a risk of infection, bleeding or allergic reaction.

Defyne/Refyne

Smooth out deep laugh lines. Lasts up to 12 months.

Radiesse

A different type of filler with calcium hydroxylapetite crystals to make collagen while filling. Syringes are 50% larger than other fillers. Softens moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles to create a smoother appearance in the lower face, neck, chest as well as arms, legs, buttocks. Lasts up to 18 months.

Sculptra

Sculptra® Aesthetic injectable is used to reverse the signs of facial fat loss that occur with aging. By restoring collagen, which decreases as the body ages, it fills out shallow-to-deep wrinkles and folds that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds). It is not appropriate for use in the eye and lip areas.

Sculptra Aesthetic's main component is an alpha hydroxy acid called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is a safe and long-lasting synthetic (artificially created), biocompatible (can be used harmlessly in the body), biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body) substance. PLLA has been used for more than 20 years in many surgical products, including dissolvable sutures and soft-tissue implants.

BENEFITS OF SCULPTRA AESTHETIC FACIAL INJECTABLE

U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds, Sculptra Aesthetic is considered safe and effective for most patients. Because it works gradually, patients achieve a more youthful, natural-looking appearance with subtle, yet noticeable, results. Although not FDA-approved to treat them, according to manufacturer Valeant Aesthetics, Sculptra Aesthetic can be used on marionette lines (at the corners of the mouth) and chin wrinkles. Because it contains no animal, human or bacterial components, allergy testing is not necessary prior to treatment. There is little-to-no downtime after receiving Sculptra injections; most patients return to their normal activities immediately.

TREATMENT AND RESULTS OF SCULPTRA AESTHETIC FACIAL INJECTABLE

Sculptra Aesthetic injections are designed to be a one-time treatment. A patient can have up to 4 injection sessions, which are spread 3 weeks apart. When injected into shallow-to-deep folds and lines, the additional collagen that is produced smooths them out, and adds volume to the skin. Results of Sculptra injections vary but, in a clinical study, their effects were shown to last for up to 2 years in most patients.

SIDE EFFECTS OF SCULPTRA AESTHETIC FACIAL INJECTABLE

Possible side effects of Sculptra injections include localized bleeding, tenderness, discomfort, redness, bruising and swelling. Side effects usually fade within a few days, although can last longer.

According to Valeant Aesthetics, "Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration, have also been reported."

Kysse

Designed for lip augmentation, smoothing wrinkles around the mouth. Lasts up to 12 months. Dr. Howlin uses a new technique for a beautiful lip shape without being “ducky” or protruberant.

Voluma

Adds volume to correct age-related volume loss in the cheeks to help create a more youthful appearance. Lasts up to 2 years.

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