WHAT ARE INJECTABLE DERMAL FILLERS?
In today’s busy, appearance-conscious society, the signs of aging may begin long before we are ready to acknowledge them. Slowly and unwillingly, we may begin to notice laugh lines around our mouth or crow’s feet around our eyes. We may notice our skin seems to sag more and has lost the fresh glow and supple elasticity of youth. However, just because our faces have begun to show the signs of age, stress, and environmental damage doesn’t mean that we are ready for costly, invasive surgical procedures that create lengthy interruptions to our busy schedules. Luckily, with the development of injectable dermal fillers, cosmetic science has found a way to address many of these aesthetic problems in ways that are minimally-invasive, non-surgical, and cost-effective. Moreover, injectable fillers offer the benefits of surgical procedures but can be completed in a much shorter office visit, cause only minimal discomfort, and don’t require a lengthy recovery period.
Injectable fillers are designed to shape and contour the face and cheeks, restore volume and “plumpness” to the face, smooth and fill folds and wrinkles, diminish the appearance of scars and lines, and enhance and augment the lips. The most commonly used fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a natural element found deep inside our tissue structures, allowing our tissue and skin to draw and hold water. As our HA levels decrease with age, our facial skin and tissue is unable to retain moisture, leading to many of the problems we associate with aging. HA-based facial fillers restore HA levels, helping our skin retain its “plump”, full appearance. Both HA-based and non-HA-based fillers are an excellent alternative to traditional surgical face lift procedures, but will require periodic maintenance treatments to maintain their effectiveness.
Dr. Hisham Seify at Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, located in Newport Beach, California, is pleased to offer the latest in non-surgical injectable dermal fillers, including HA-based fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®, as well as non-HA fillers like Radiesse.® Dr. Seify is a Board Certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in both surgical and non-surgical anti-aging treatments. He is dedicated to staying current on all the latest developments in fillers and other minimally-invasive procedures, and will help you understand the variety of options available to you, while providing comprehensive recommendations on which fillers are right for you. He has a keen eye for aesthetics and will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan designed to give you the refreshed, youthful appearance you want, without disrupting your busy life.
INJECTABLE FILLER OPTIONS
There are a wide variety of injectable fillers on the market today, but Dr. Seify prides himself on offering the safest, most effective products available. Examples of the fillers recommended at Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery include:
JUVÉDERM® is a hyaluronic acid-based filler that is perfect for restoring depleted facial volume and filling in unappealing facial folds, creases, and wrinkles. Because of its exceptionally smooth texture, it is ideal for patients seeking full, “plump” lips. JUVÉDERM® is safe for use with all ethnic groups and skin types, even for individuals with naturally thin, sensitive skin. JUVÉDERM® results are FDA-approved to last for up to one year before maintenance treatments are required.
Restylane® is another HA-based injectable filler that has been formulated to minimize moderate-to-severe facial lines and folds. It also adds volume to the face and lips, and because it is biocompatible and non-animal-based, it is highly recommended for patients with allergies and other severe sensitivities. Restylane® treatment results typically last between 6-18 months, depending upon the rate at which each patient’s body metabolizes the filler.
For patients seeking a non-HA-based filler, Radiesse® is an excellent choice, particularly when the loss of volume is most extreme in the cheeks and temples. Because it is composed primarily of calcium hydroxylapatite (an organic substance found in human bone tissue), Radiesse® provides a two-fold solution to the loss of facial “plumpness”—it offers immediate results by providing volume on its own, and has a long-term impact by stimulating the natural production of collagen by the patient’s own body (results typically last up to one year). Radiesse® is recommended for a wide range of procedures, including contouring of the nose, chin, cheeks, and jaw line, lip augmentation, and even hand rejuvenation.
CONTACT NEWPORT PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY ASSOCIATES
Dr. Hisham Seify, along with his staff at Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates, is dedicated to offering a full range of non-surgical treatments in a warm, welcoming environment. Dr. Seify will listen carefully to your aesthetic goals and help you understand the benefits and drawbacks of each dermal filler treatment option to ensure that you safely achieve the refreshed, youthfully rejuvenated appearance you desire. Dr. Seify is a Board Certified plastic surgeon who employs the latest state-of-the-art technology and techniques to minimize risk, complications, and discomfort during every treatment.
If you would like additional information about having your dermal filler treatments administered by Dr. Seify, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Seify.
At the Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates office, Dr. Hisham Seify offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Southern California including: Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Mission Viejo and Newport Beach, California. Contact the Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates office today to schedule your FREE Injectable Fillers Consultation!
*The information about Injectable Fillers was reviewed by Dr. Hisham M. Seify. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.