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Dermal fillers refer to substances placed under the surface of the skin to remove deep wrinkles, or to help produce fullness in the face or lips. Since these were invented, several types have been developed. The original filler was an animal-based collagen. Next came fat transfers, in which fat cells (adipocytes) are removed by liposuction and transferred to desired areas, such as the back of the hand. Then, the hyaluronic acid fillers were developed, and finally came the plastic, semi-permanent fillers (which I refuse to inject and suggest you avoid!).
We use only the hyaluronic acid fillers.
Dermal fillers are used to plump out deeper wrinkles, such as those between the nostrils and lips (the nasolabial fold). Dermal fillers are also used to plump out the lips, providing a fuller look. We will only use fillers that are made from hyaluronic acid, which exists in your skin naturally. The effect lasts for six to nine months, although the effect is immediate.
There are several options for dermal fillers. The original, and still well-respected, is the Restylane family of products. Kysse is the version intended for the lips; it leaves the lips full yet soft. Nearly 3 out of 4 patients in clinical studies were satisfied, even at one year.
Revanesse Versa+, from Prollenium, is soft and smooth going in. It shows effect immediately, and is long-lasting. This is the one I inject most frequently, and for good reason.
Belotero from Merz, is also frequently requested by my patients. Now with a lidocaine additive to reduce pain, it helps lips, and those deep wrinkles in the lower face.
Fillers are packaged in a syringe, so price is based on a per syringe basis.
Don Selvey, NMD, PLLC
4955 S. Alma School Road, Ste 10, Chandler, AZ 85248 US
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