Apr 17 2012

Types of Soft Tissue Fillers

 

The aging process is not always kind. Wrinkles, deep folds, and fine lines are among the issues our patients face today. Growing older can take a toll on your self-esteem and self-confidence. Our patients often express that their appearance does not match the youthfulness and vibrancy they feel within themselves. Northern Virginia plastic surgeon Timothy S. Mountcastle utilizes dermal fillers to minimize and slow the cosmetic effects of facial aging. Dermal fillers are commonly referred to as “liquid facelifts” and can effectively restore fullness to the face, restore volume to the lips, and soften wrinkles and creases caused by aging. Dermal fillers, especially when combined with other treatments, can provide patients with natural-looking, yet dramatic results. Three types of dermal fillers are Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Perlane®.

Are Soft Tissue Fillers (Dermal Fillers) Right for Me?

Patients not wanting to undergo an invasive procedure to restore youthfulness to the face may benefit from dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are not permanent, and in order to maintain your new, more youthful look, you will have to continue to receive the treatment of dermal fillers as necessary. There are many facial imperfections that can be improved by dermal fillers including crows’ feet, loss of fullness in the face, nasolabial folds, thin lips, and hollow cheeks.

 

Juvederm®

Juvederm® provides our patients with a more youthful appearance by effectively filling wrinkles and lines around the eyes, nose, and mouth. It is very effective at treating hollowing out under the eyes, hollow cheekbones, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, glabella and forehead frown lines and recessive chins. It may also be used to enhance the contour and volume of the lips. Juvederm® is one of the most popular dermal fillers available today. The  Juvederm® treatment process and recovery are quick with virtually no downtime. Juvederm® provides long-lasting results, especially when touch-ups are performed between four and nine months after the initial treatment. The amount of time that the results of Juvederm® treatment last depends on the treatment areas and the individual patient.

Restylane®

Restylane® provides our patients with a more youthful appearance by effectively filling wrinkles and lines around the eyes, nose, and mouth. It is very effective at treating sagging under the eyes, hollow cheekbones, and recessive chins. It may also be used to enhance the shape and volume of the lips. Restylane® is one of the most popular dermal fillers available today. Because it is not derived from animal tissues, patients with animal allergies do not have to worry about the risk of an allergic reaction. The Restylane® treatment process and recovery are quick with virtually no downtime. Restylane® provides long-lasting results, especially when touch-ups are performed between four and nine months after the initial treatment. The amount of time that the results of Restylane® treatment last depends on the treatment areas and the individual patient.

Radiesse®

Because of its natural composition, allergy testing is not required when undergoing Radiesse® treatment. There is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction because of the calcium microspheres and gel that Radiesse® is comprised of. Radiesse® effectively treats signs of aging by smoothing and plumping wrinkles, fine lines, and folds around the nose and mouth. Among other areas, Radiesse® may be used to add volume to the lips. One of the greatest advantages of Radiesse® is that it stimulates natural collagen growth in the body. Simply stated, the growth of collagen enables the face to appear more youthful and refreshed. The results of Radiesse® are extremely long-lasting with many patients experiencing results that last a year to three years. The results of Radiesse® are immediately seen by patients.

Perlane®

Allergy testing is not required with Perlane® because it does not contain any animal tissues. Perlane® is an effective treatment in minimizing the effects of aging and other facial imperfections such as wrinkles, acne scars, nasolabial folds, crows’ feet, marionette lines, and hollow cheeks. Because of its larger particles, Perlane® can be used to treat deeper wrinkles and hollow areas, plump the brows, and enhance the lips. Results are long-lasting.

Laser Surgery

At Mountcastle Plastic Surgery and Vein Institute, we offer the full spectrum of techniques to rejuvenate the face including Fraxel®.  In Northern Virginia, Fraxel is one of the most sought after lasers for facial rejuvenation and we offer the newest most advanced version of fraxel called the Fraxel Restore: Dual Wavelength 1550/1927®.  It has two different wavelengths to target two different problems associated with aging.  The 1550 wavelength is a deeper laser and it targets fine lines, wrinkles and acne scarring.  It also works with dark spots or signs of photoaging but the 1927 wavelength is best for that as it targets a more superficial area on the skin and really agressively resolves or improves signs of photoaging - dark spots on your face. Come check out our Dual Fraxel Restore today and meet our amazing team including our head aesthetic nurse, Amy Herrmann,R.N.

Facelift Surgery

Sometimes our patients desire a more dramatic transformation than soft tissue fillers alone can provide; for these patients in Northern Virginia, facelift surgery may be a better treatment option. Facelift surgery can completely revitalize and rejuvenate your facial appearance. With facelift surgery, our patients can effectively remove years’ worth of aging from the face, while still achieving natural-looking results.

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To learn more about dermal fillers and facelift surgery, please contact Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute today.

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