Dermal Fillers are injectable treatments that restore youthful volume and fullness to the face, plump deeper facial lines and folds and provide contour and definition to the face.
Over time, the effects of aging can take a toll on our appearance. Skin becomes thinner, loses its elasticity and is more prone to fine lines, wrinkles, creases and folds. Fortunately, we can restore a smoother, more youthful appearance with the use of dermal fillers, which are injected beneath the skin’s surface to fill depressed areas.
We offer a variety of hyaluronic acid based fillers and Radiesse that are tailored to achieve the most effective and affordable outcome.
Types Of Dermal Fillers
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Healthy, youthful skin contains two key compounds that diminish with the aging process — hyaluronic acid and collagen.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar compound found in the body. This acid helps maintain skin volume by attracting and binding water, giving the skin a smooth, plump appearance. However, with time, UV exposure and environmental factors, the hyaluronic acid in the skin diminishes and collagen breaks down causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear.
Injectable hyaluronic acid can temporarily replace this compound, restoring to the skin the volume and firmness it has lost.
At SpaGo Medical Spa, dermal filler treatments are performed by our Medical Doctor.
Fillers may be added following your Laser Skin Rejuvenation.
What Is Radiesse?
Radiesse smoothes facial lines, wrinkles, and deeper facial creases while stimulating the skin’s natural collagen production, creating a more youthful framework with added fullness. Results are immediate and can last a year or more.
Radiesse is composed of very small, smooth calcium hydroxylapitite microspheres, which are suspended in a water-based gel. Calcium hydroxylapitite is a mineral component that occurs naturally in the bones and teeth.
In the class of dermal fillers, Radiesse, an FDA-approved dermal and hand rejuvenation filler, is unique as it supplements the skin’s own depleted collagen and stimulates new collagen production in and around the treated area, which encourages longer-lasting results. Within a year of an initial Radiesse injection, the body absorbs the Radiesse and leaves in its place the body’s own naturally-formed collagen.
Radiesse Wrinkle Treatments Improve:
The Radiesse Procedure
Typically, Radiesse and Radiesse Plus treatments take 30 – 60 minutes, depending on the area treated. Using an ultra-fine needle, the dermal filler is injected below the surface of the skin to add volume to the skin. Our experienced expert injectors are trained in the most advanced injection techniques to achieve the most natural looking results.
How Many Radiesse Treatments Are Needed Before The Desired Result Is Achieved?
Many people achieve the desired result after just one treatment of Radiesse. However, because Radiesse is a longer-term dermal filler, the initial treatment is usually conservative with a follow-up visit for further refinement, if needed.
Are There Side Effects From Radiesse Wrinkle Treatments?
Side effects associated with Radiesse wrinkle treatments are minimal. They may include slight bleeding, pinkness, mild bruising or swelling near the injection site. Typically, these side effects dissipate within a few days.
Belotero Balance® Refining Facial Filler
Radiesse’s sister product, Belotero Balance is a hyaluronic, acid-based cohesive gel dermal filler that is FDA-approved for the correction of moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds.
Designed to deliver natural-looking results with little recovery time, Belotero integrates into skin, plumping and softening fine lines and wrinkles. Most commonly used as refining injectable filler, Belotero is used just below the surface of the skin to provide soft correction of more superficial wrinkles and lines of the face.
We offer many brands of lip filler and most last from 3-6 months. However, Galderma Pharmaceuticals has recently received FDA-approval for a new filler callled Kysse ("Kiss") that lasts a year or more.
Kysse is a hyaluronic acid filler, which places it in a categories similar to Juvéderm and other Restylane products. The innovation here is that Kysse uses Galderma's proprietary XpresHAn (a.k.a "expression") Technology. As Melanie Palm, a San Diego-based board-certified dermatologist and clinical investigator in the phase three trials of the new drug, explained to Allure magazine, the new filler changes the way that hyaluronic acid binds inside your lips. "[The hyaluronic acid] is bound to itself, so it stretches, and then goes back to its prior space," she says. "When you're talking, smiling, or kissing, it has the ability to integrate into the tissue where it's injected and mold to your tissue. It becomes one with [your lips]."
Lip filler can have a tendency to feel uncomfortable or difficult to get used to, like there's an unknown substance attached to your lips (because there is!), explains Palm. She found that Kysse felt more natural, in addition to looking more natural. "It's not only believable to everybody else, but it is believable to you," she says. "It just seems seamless with your own lips."
Alisa Lask, general manager and vice president of the U.S. Aesthetic Business at Galderma, breaks down the results of the clinical trials: "Study results showed that Restylane Kysse provides lip fullness, improves the appearance of the lines above the mouth and leaves patients satisfied with their results," she says. "We found that by week eight after treatment, at least 90 percent of patients were satisfied with their lips. Specifically, with the shape of their upper and lower lips (93 percent and 95 percent, respectively)." Another benefit is that Kysse lasts about a year. This is much longer than other fillers that last from 3-6 months.
More about Fillers
What are Facial Fillers?
Facial fillers are synthetic or naturally occurring substances injected into the lines, folds, and tissues of the face to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and restore the facial fullness that decreases with age.
These injectables are also called dermal fillers, injectable implants, wrinkle fillers, and soft-tissue fillers. They’re used to erase smile lines, plump up cheeks and lips, and correct acne scars.
The vast majority of fillers are absorbable. Thus, they offer temporary results that last from months to a couple of years, depending on the product and the person.
Some fillers are marketed as permanent and can last up to several years.
While many facial fillers provide immediate results, says the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), some of them will require several treatments over the course of weeks or months for optimal benefits, followed by occasional touch-ups.
Side Effects of Facial Fillers
Common Side Effects
According to the AAD, the following side effects — which tend to occur around the injection site — can be immediate, but usually clear within 7 to 14 days:
Rare Side Effects
While less common, you should be aware of the following side effects:
leakage of the filler through the injection site
nodules around the injection site, which may need to be surgically removed
granulomas, a type of inflammatory reaction to the filler
movement of the filler from one area to another
injury to blood vessels
blindness, which occurs when the filler gets injected into an artery, blocking blood flow to the eyes
tissue death, again due to blocked blood flow
While facial fillers are generally safe, taking these steps can help ensure your safety:
Use a licensed, well-trained, and experienced medical professional to inject the filler.
Have the procedure done in a medical setting, not in someone’s home or at a mall kiosk.
Ask the provider about their experience with the particular type of filler you have chosen. The more experience they have with the product, the better.
Don’t purchase fillers online. Only get them from a medical provider.
Fillers should be in unopened and properly labeled syringes. Inspect the syringe to make sure.
Make sure that the filler being used is FDA-approved for that purpose.
Be aware of the risks and potential side effects.
Read the filler ingredients and don’t have it injected if you know you have an allergy to any of the filler’s components (e.g., collagen).
Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications and supplements you take. Some may interact with the ingredients in the fillers or can affect your blood’s ability to clot.
Risk factors to be aware of
Don’t use fillers if:
your skin is inflamed for any reason (for example, if you have a rash, active acne, hives, etc.)
you’re allergic to any of the filler ingredients (read the label)
you have a bleeding disorder
you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or under the age of 18 (safety hasn’t been studied in younger age groups)
Your skin is susceptible to scarring (e.g., you have a keloid or an overgrowth of scar tissue)
Alternatives to facial fillers
I can never emphasize enough that fillers are invasive medical procedures and they are transplants. It is important for clients to understand that this does not come without risk and that the transplant will often be perceived especially in the weeks following treatment.
There are numerous cosmetic procedures that can combat the signs of aging and facial wrinkles, with varying degrees of success. Some popular ones include:
Some lotions help reduce fine lines by increasing skin cell turnover. Others have slight irritants in them that can cause areas of the skin (such as the lips) to temporarily swell and appear plumper.
This procedure smooths skin (and reduces the look of wrinkles and scars) by scraping the top layer of skin away, thereby exposing the more dewy skin underneath. We provide HydraDermabrasion using a special diamond tip that removes surface cells, allowing for greater penetration of tailored products.
Peels place chemicals on the skin to exfoliate the dead outer layer and reveal the new, fresher underlayer. Cell turnover is enhanced, renewing skin.
The Neo Aerolase laser is a wonderful non-invasive approach to enhancing collagen using the NeoSkin technology.
FDA-approved fillers used by well-trained professionals are typically safe.
Doctors generally caution against massaging the injected area or exposing the newly injected skin to extremes in temperature (for example, vigorous activity, sauna, steam room, skiing).
If you notice symptoms of infection (fever, pus, or very hot, inflamed skin), see your doctor.
Seek immediate medical attention if you have problems seeing or breathing, have significant pain, or are experiencing any other symptoms that are making you uncomfortable or concerned.