Injectable Facial Fillers
Injectables such as Juvederm and Restylane
As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, years of facial muscle
movement such as smiling, chewing and squinting, and our Los Angeles lifestyle and
exposure to the sun. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful begin
to break down, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines, crow's feet or facial creases
over the areas where muscle movement occurs.
Injectables or soft-tissue fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, or Radiesse, can help fill in these lines and creases, restoring a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. When injected beneath the skin, these injectable facial fillers plum up creased wrinkles and sunken areas of the face. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks. Injectable fillers like Juvederm or Restylane can be used alone or in conjunction with a resurfacing procedure, such as laser treatment, or a recontouring procedure, such as a face lift.
Injectable fillers can help fill out deep facial wrinkles, creases and furrows, sunken cheeks, dark circles under the eyes, skin depressions and some types of scars. Facial fillers are also used to add a fuller, more sensuous look to the lips. Depending on the patient, injectable fillers such as Restylane can be used to improve the appearance of dark circles under the eye. At his office in Los Angeles, Dr. Aharonov gives each patient a customized consult to address their specific concerns such as dark circles under the eyes, bags under the eyes, or puffy eyes. Facial fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm can help you avoid or delay plastic surgery with immediate, long lasting natural results and minimal downtime.
Non Surgical Treatments with facial fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane:
Non Surgical Eyelid Lift:
The Non Surgical Eyelid Lift uses Restylane to restore lost volume in your upper eyelid and eyebrow area. As we age volume is lost in our faces, especially around our eyes. This loss of facial volume is perceived by most people as loose or extra skin in our eyelids, as well as drooping of our eye brows. Some people seem to have more droopiness of their eyelid area with age, while other become more hollow and sunken above their eyes. The Non Surgical Eyelid Lift procedure reverses this aging change. The Non Surgical Eyelid lift eliminates upper eyelid hollowness and drooping skin, raises your eyebrow, and makes you look more youthful, rested and refreshed. Click here for more information on our Non Surgical Eyelid Lift Treatment for sagging upper eyelids and droopy eye brows. A Non Surgical Eyelid Lift can help you avoid or postpone eyelid surgery or possibly a brow lift.
Under Eye Dark Circles Treatment and Treatment for Under Eye bags and Under Eye Hollowness with Restylane:
The same volume loss that contributes to upper eyelid drooping and sagging also causes the appearance of hollowness and dark circles under our eyes. In some people this is genetic and is present at a very young age. However, for most people, dark circles under the eyes or bags under the eyes develop as we age. Bags of fat appear under our eyes making us look tired and old. Sometimes there is no appearance of bags under eyes, just hollowness. In either case, there is a non surgical treatment available to fix this problem. Either Restylane or fat is injected to fill in the hollowness under the eye. This eliminates the under eye bags and gets rid of the under eye dark circles. Click here to learn more about our non surgical treatment for under eye dark circles, under eye bags or puffy eyes.
Facial Fillers for Facial Volume Replacement
Varying degrees of wrinkles and folds and different areas of the face can be addressed with the use of injectables in a liquid facelift procedure with facial fillers. Restoring facial volume and filling fine lines and wrinkles can be addressed by using dermal fillers. Expression-related creases are caused my muscle contractions; however, with the use of denervating agents such as Botox or Dysport these expression lines can be softened. Sculptra is a collagen stimulator that can be used to gradually restore volume with long lasting effects.
Injectable lunchtime facelift results are usually visible instantly if facial fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, or Radiesse are used; however, if Sculptra is used it can take up to three sessions to see improvement. With Sculptra, sessions are spaced about a month apart to monitor for collagen growth. Some of the initial plumping may be due to swelling. To minimize swelling after a liquid facelift or facial filler injections, patients leave with a pack of ice and are advised not to exercise for the first few hours to prevent an increase in heart rate or blood pressure. Patients should avoid vitamin E, anti-inflammatories, herbal supplements and other medications that promote bruising.
The Hottest trend in our practice currently is Non Surgical Jaw Augmentation or Chin Augmentation with fillers. While classically only implants have been able to be used to augment the jaw and chin, Fillers are quickly becoming a highly predictable, easy, and reliable way to augment the jaw and chin. Filler can most times be much more exact and predictable than surgical implants without the usual downtime and risk associated with surgery. Jaw augmentation with fillers can be done all at one time or more gradually spread over a few treatment sessions. Swelling and bruising is usually minimal so there is virtually no downtime. Non Surgical jaw augmentation can also address many different deficiencies that usually cannot be addressed with standard implants and sometimes not even with custom implants.
Minor irregularities of the nose can sometimes be fixed quickly and easily with injectable fillers. A prominent nasal hump can be made to seem smaller with a little bit of facial filler, or a depression can be filled in to make the nose look straighter. This is a good option for people who would rather not undergo rhinoplasty surgery, a revision rhinoplasty, or for people who have had a rhinoplasty and need a minor fix. This procedure is quick and simple and in a matter of minutes you will have an improved appearance of your nose with a rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty. Click here to learn more about our non surgical rhinoplasty procedure with facial fillers or injectables such as Juvederm, Restylane, or Radiesse.
What to Expect from Injectable fillers
Many people are concerned that cosmetic procedures may change their look entirely and make them look like a different person. When used properly there is virtually no risk of that happening. Fillers are currently some of the safest available options for facial rejuvenation. Fillers and surgery are NOT interchangeable and do NOT have the same results. They address very different signs of aging. Fillers are great for volume replacement while surgery is best for making modifications and cutting away skin and tissue.
Facial fillers have different characteristics and can last for variable lengths of time. Age, genetic background, skin quality and lifestyle all play a role in the facial filler's staying power. A big factor in filler staying power is also the location on the face to be injected. For example, the same facial filler might last 5-10 times longer around the eyes as opposed to around the lips. These are factors one should consider when deciding which part of the face might be the most worth while to treat. It is not uncommon for our patients receiving fillers such as Restylane around the eyes, upper eyelids and under eyes to have results lasting for years!
Restylane and Juvederm are facial fillers composed of non-animal based Hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally occurring in the human body. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule found around the collagen fibers in our skin. Restylane and Juvederm fillers are completely biocompatible and have a high safety profile, meaning allergic reactions are exceptionally uncommon. Hyaluronic acid binds to the body's own moisture, which helps provide its long-lasting results. Restylane and Juvederm maintain their shape, thereby restoring sagging upper eyelids, drooping brows or under eye bags or dark circles.