As we age, Mother Nature tends to remind us that we have spent too much time in the sun and that gravity has not always been our friend. We laugh, smile, frown, squint and chew. Wrinkles and lines, sun damage, and sagging muscles all combine to give our faces that aged look. Many people find that this look is one they would like to change through non-surgical treatment.
This is where the skin care skills and experience of Dr. Desman come in handy. By using a number of injectable fillers, our team is able to help smooth the wrinkles that time, age, and weather have given you. These injectables are long lasting, non-surgical, and have immediate results. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm® are just two of many treatments in this category. Hyaluronic acid is a non-animal based and naturally occurring substance in the connective tissue and skin.
What Are Some Examples of Dermal Fillers?
There are many different dermal fillers that Alexandria and Northern Virginia patients pursue, including:
Juvéderm®, another injectable filler that uses hyaluronic acid, has the added benefit of being able to stimulate collagen production in the skin where it is injected. This treatment is used to fill hollow places beneath the eyes, to fill nasolabial folds, and to fill acne scars. It has the highest amount of hyaluronic acid of all the fillers and lasts up to twelve months or more.
RHA fillers, which are powerful hyaluronic acid treatments, work to treat dynamic wrinkles in people over age 22. There are a couple of varieties to choose from and our team can help decide which is best for your circumstances. The fillers use a small needle to inject the chemical treatment and add restore youthfulness to the skin.
JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is the newest FDA-approved filler in the JUVÉDERM® family used to smooth those fine lines around lips from aging, smoking, sun damage. (Think: “Magic eraser, recreate volume loss”). Most of Dr. Desman’s patients need one syringe, which provides results noticeable as long as a year! Hint: The treatment works even better when paired with JUVÉDERM®.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler in the JUVÉDERM® family used to give volume back in the cheek area for up to two years. The injection lifts and contours the face. Most of Dr. Desman’s patients find that using at least 2-3 syringes minimum will provide a desirable result, while some patient may require more, depending on their volume loss.
JUVÉDERM® VOLLURE XC is ideal for smoothing moderate to deep wrinkles around the mouth, including parentheses and marionette lines. Allergan, the maker of JUVÉDERM, has invented a technology called VYCROSS®, which cross-links the particles of hyaluronic acid in VOLLURE. Thanks to this cross-linking, VOLLURE can create longer-lasting results than other fillers – up to 18 months for many people.
Speak With Dr. Desman about Dermal Fillers in Northern Virginia
With all non-surgical injectable fillers, the results are immediate with little to no downtime. If you feel injectable fillers are right for you, or if you have any questions about them, please contact Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery.
During your consultation, our team can further explain the impact of Dermal Fillers in Northern Virginia and Alexandria. These treatments are versatile and powerful, so do not hesitate to get started.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the Difference Between Dermal Fillers and Botox?
The primary distinction between dermal fillers like members of the Juvéderm family and botulinum toxins like Botox is that Botox and its sister product, Dysport, primarily treat dynamic wrinkles that form from habitual expressions like frowning and squinting. In contrast, fillers can help resolve static wrinkles like the “parentheses lines” and “marionette lines” that form around the mouth, as well as those in the mid-face and on your neck.
Fillers also work differently from neuromodulators in that they add volume, erase wrinkles, and promote collagen growth in necessary places, whereas Botox and Dysport temporarily paralyze the muscles that cause lines to form. Over time, the muscle relaxation softens wrinkles and prevents new ones from forming.
How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?
Dermal filler pricing in Alexandria or Northern Virginia depends on the number of units required to produce the desired effect. After meeting with you and evaluating your goals, Dr. Desman can recommend a customized treatment plan that includes an accurate estimate of the final price you can expect to pay.
Are Dermal Fillers Long-Lasting?
Dermal injectables formulated with hyaluronic acid will eventually break down in your body, depending on various lifestyle factors and how fast your metabolism works. Despite this, our fillers have long-lasting formulas and can continue to improve your appearance for a year or longer. If you see the effects starting to wear off sooner than you anticipated, you can always schedule a follow-up appointment for a refresher session.
What Can I Do If I Don’t Like My Dermal Filler Results?
When you choose an expert provider to perform your injections, you should feel nothing but satisfaction after your treatment. However, if you change your mind after seeing your results, rest assured that an application of a molecule called hyaluronidase can quickly dissolve the fillers, returning you to your previous appearance.
What Side Effects Can I Expect after Dermal Injectables?
The side effects of dermal fillers are generally mild and include bruising, redness, skin sensitivity, and swelling, which usually resolve on their own after a couple of days. You can use at-home remedies like ice packs to accelerate healing and cover any bruises with makeup.
Do Dermal Fillers Hurt?
Most of our patients report little to no discomfort from the injections, due to the skill of our injectors and the fineness of the needle used to perform them. Formulations in the Juvéderm family also include an anesthetic called lidocaine to numb the skin. If you’re worried about pain, ask us about a topical numbing cream.
What if I have a complication?
While complications for Dermal Fillers are rare, Dr. Desman will be there to take care of you. In addition, when you have surgery, you will automatically be enrolled in a cosmetic surgery specific insurance plan that covers you for the first 45 days after surgery. Your safety and well being are a top priority for us and this is another way that we ensure you have the best care possible.
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