Filling in the Details…

Posted on May 28, 2013 by Ella Fedonenko

Derma fillers – Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane and Radiesse are truly the modern miracles of cosmetic dermatology. Sags and bags and hollows and folds – gone in about 30 minutes with results lasting up to a year. Or more.

No surgery, no prolonged down time, no bandages no drains, no anesthesia, no drastic damage to your financial well-being.

So if you are growing more and more critical about “the face in the mirror” and less and less satisfied with letting Nature take its course, this might be the perfect time to pursue the possibilities.

But first, ask, read, learn, compare and then consult with, at least, two different practitioners, to find the best physician for your personal concerns and priorities. Then, ultimately, they will advise you as to which products will be most successful in achieving the results you want.

But, right now, you can start with a short summary of the most popular “fillers” available today.

Restylane, Juvederma and Perlane all contain hyaluronic acid, a natural compound already produced by the body to add fullness to the skin. Simply stated, these products, when injected, into the skin, interact with the body’s water to create volume to the underlying tissue. Dissolve wrinkles, “fill out” hollows, relax folds, lift and smooth, miraculously.

Radiesse does not contain hyaluronic acid but contains another natural ingredient found in our teeth and bones. So, along with the others, it will be easily accepted by the body without need for allergy testing.

While all the products are used to add volume, soften wrinkles and re-sculpt areas that have altered with time, each has its own subtle specialty, consistency and length of efficacy. Don’t be afraid to ask your physician about these differences and why a particular product is selected for your procedure. Be engaged, have fun, enjoy your beautiful transformation.

By the way, just as Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane and Radiesse have similar uses, they also share similar side effects, which may include, soreness, swelling, redness and bruising. Most effects may be covered with makeup and are greatly diminished within one or two days and usually disappear within one week.

During treatment, numbing creams are often applied but most people do feel mild to moderate pain, from the injections, especially around the more delicate lip area.

But the results are instant (even with some swelling) and they are dramatic. Any brief discomfort is immediately forgotten as you marvel at the new “face in the mirror”…yours, but a good five to ten years younger! Smoother, clearer, prettier. Fabulous. Why wait?