Articles Tagged: fillers

 

What Are the Causes of Lost Facial Volume?

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

A common symptom of aging is the loss of volume in the face, leading to more prominent wrinkles, lines and folds in the skin, and deepening eye sockets. The primary causes are the natural age-related loss of collagen, fat, and water beneath the skin, in addition to the stretching both of the skin, and of the ligaments beneath the skin. However, loss of facial volume can also be due to several other causes, most of which can be avoided or minimized.

– Too Much Sun Exposure

 Although exposure to UV radiation present in sunshine has no direct link to loss of facial volume, it does contribute to the loss of collagen which in turn reduces skin elasticity and overall vitality. Sun exposure prematurely accelerates the aging process – we are all more susceptible to loss of facial volume as we age, but that’s no reason to hurry this process along.

– Too Much Dieting and/or Exercise

Many people go through many cycles of weight gain and loss as they try to achieve long-term weight reduction. There are several reasons why this can be undesirable, not the least being that the constant changes in body volume can result in facial ligaments becoming stretched, reducing one’s face’s natural elasticity. Excessive exercise can also have similar results if exercise burns so many calories that fat layers beneath the skin are reduced.

– Loss of Bone Mass

The loss of estrogen during the menopause has many undesirable effects on the body, including reductions in calcium levels in the bones. Loss of estrogen can directly lead to loss of facial volume, and indirectly (through calcium loss) to reductions in bone mass. Similar problems are also possible when experiencing non-menopausal hormonal problems. Taking calcium supplements may help combat bone loss and will provide women in particular with benefits – helping to slow down bone loss and osteoporosis.

– Smoking

Smokers, and in particular heavy smokers, have plenty of other negative health effects to worry about, but you can count loss of facial volume as one of them. Smoking contributes to premature aging of the skin (particularly in women), causing wrinkles. However, smoking can also result in reduced levels of estrogen, reduced blood flow, and damage to elastin fibers, leading to the same negative effects on facial volume as detailed above.

– Poor Diet and/or Dehydration

It’s important to ensure that you consume a balanced diet, including plant protein (from soybeans, nuts, and seeds), omega 3 fatty acids (from flax seed and fish), calcium (available from dairy as well as many other sources), and vitamins C and D. Adequate hydration also helps to maintain collagen levels.

Many people concentrate on the condition of their skin while neglecting to pay enough attention to the bones that provide support to their facial features. A healthy diet, healthy lifestyle, and supplements can alleviate many of the causes of facial volume loss, particularly if started early.

Your Laser Skin Care offers non-invasive procedures to help alleviate this condition, including the use of several different injectables that can be used to restore lost facial volume. Restylane, Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, and Sculptra Aesthetic products can be used to address a wide range of facial problems and can help you combat any loss of volume to rejuvenate your face.

 

How to Get Natural Looking Results with Injectables

Posted on March 25, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Some common-sense tips can be applied to the use of dermal fillers, Botox, and other injectables to help you achieve the improvements you’re looking for while still keeping a natural look. We assembled the following list to help you achieve the best results.

Understand the causes of a problem before trying to correct it.

This is where an experienced practitioner will be able to supply invaluable help – often the cause (or causes) of a problem can be far from obvious, and not necessarily even located in the same area.

Applying fillers in one part of the face can easily result in changes of appearance elsewhere -changes that may be positive or negative.

Maintaining balance and proportion between different parts of the face is critical to maintaining an overall natural appearance. As a result, fillers must often be applied to areas that may not seem directly connected to the problem area you’re aiming to address.

Don’t over-correct.

 One person’s idea of a natural look can be very different from another’s. So “over-correct” can mean very different things to different people. But all injectables have a common characteristic: multiple treatments can be used cumulatively. In other words, plan on using multiple procedures to achieve your desired look, and stop when you’re happy, before going too far. Even for injectables whose effects can be reversed, it’s far better not to have to roll-back from overdone results.

Don’t wait too long.

The best way to avoid having to make major corrections is to make minor ones proactively. It’s becoming far more popular to start early, treating cosmetic treatments as preventive rather than corrective. By addressing problems as soon as they show signs of starting to develop, it’s possible to avoid needing aggressive treatment. This also gives you the best chance of maintaining a natural look both during and after treatment.

Use injectables appropriately.

This is where your practitioner’s advice will be invaluable – each injectable (and there are many) has different characteristics, and choosing which one to use where, and to what degree, is more art than science. Some products are designed to fill-in sunken areas, while others are more adapted to repairing fine wrinkles, or in enhancing areas where maintaining a smooth skin texture is vital.

We choose between many different injectables according to your specific needs and desires. The list includes the Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma and Sculptra Aesthetic filler products, Botox for wrinkle reduction, and Kybella for fat reduction.

Be patient, don’t rush results.

By not trying to fix every problem in a single visit, but instead moving relatively slowly and giving each treatment time to show results, you will end up with more natural results, and may even require fewer visits to accomplish your goals.

Use a trained and experienced practitioner.

By far the best way to ensure that you get the best, most natural looking results is to choose your practitioner with great care. Experienced doctors will draw both on their medical training and on their experience treating patients over many years. Finding a doctor who combines this experience with a good eye will give you the best guarantee of good results. 

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Are Facelifts a Thing of the Past?

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Surgical facelifts have always been a somewhat risky way to achieve a younger look. They’re effective, but often too effective – everyone has heard stories from legions of patients left with over-stretched, artificial-looking skin. They’re also costly, both in terms of the financial outlay, as well as the sometimes extended periods needed to fully recover.

The good news is that there are now several non-invasive treatments that can achieve similar results to surgical procedures, as well as address conditions (fine wrinkles, creases around the nose and upper lip, and hollowed-out cheeks) that surgery cannot.

Liquid Facelifts

It’s possible to combine injectable fillers with Botox to achieve very similar (and even superior) results to surgical facelifts. In our office, we use a combination of Botox, various fillers, Sculptra and Juvederm Voluma for liquid facelifts. These products can be used to target a wide range of problems, ranging from fine wrinkles to moderate or severe lines and skin folds, on the forehead, between the eyebrows, in the folds of the nose, around the lips and mouth, and elsewhere. They allow dynamic areas of the face to be effectively treated while retaining a natural look (an area which surgical face-lifts are typically unable to address). They also have the ability to provide a degree of lift to sagging areas of the face, as well as compensate for unwanted loss of fat beneath the skin.

We also use Kybella, an FDA-approved injectable treatment that can be used to dissolve fat under the chin. Kybella results will be seen in four to six weeks after treatment, and last for several years. Kybella is applied over the course of several sessions, leading to more gradual, and hence more natural-looking, results.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a proprietary technology that allows excess fat to be precisely targeted and destroyed by using cold temperatures to freeze the fat cells. The cold temperature is applied using cooling pads placed on the surface of the skin, including under the chin area. Results are visible about three weeks after each procedure as fat cells are gradually absorbed by the body.

CoolSculpting is one of the fastest-growing non-surgical treatments. We are thrilled to be able to add it to our list of available treatments in early 2019.

Most facelifts are performed to address double chins and facial skin folds. You can combine fillers, Juvederm Voluma, Sculptra in the mid-face area with Botox on the forehead, and use Kybella or CoolSculpting under the chin, to totally transform and rejuvenate your look, or simply use one or more treatments to address more minor concerns.  Either way, we will be delighted to discuss whatever treatment options you’re interested in. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us.

Schedule a Nonsurgical “Facelift”

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and filler injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

How to Decide Which Filler is Right For You

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Given the relatively large number of available injectable fillers, it’s not surprising that the best choice of filler largely depends on what exactly you’re trying to accomplish. Fillers can be used to fill in lines and wrinkles, they can add volume to areas that appear sunken, enhance lips, and they can also assist in firming up loose or sagging skin. The major fillers are described below, together with their primary usages.

Restylane Product Family

Restylane is the trade name of a family of injectable fillers, all containing hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body; it plays important roles in making body cartilage resilient, and lubricating the movement of muscle tissue, but it’s also a major skin component, contributing to the healthy appearance of skin and accelerating the repair of damaged tissue.

The various members of the Restylane family can be used individually or in combination. They combat age effects and wrinkles by restoring volume to the skin, but each contains different particle sizes and therefore addresses different problems. Restylane Silk’s fine particles are designed to control fine wrinkles, Restylane’s medium particles are used to combat moderate to severe wrinkles and skin folds, while Restylane Lyft’s larger particles can be used to fight severe wrinkles, and fill larger depressed areas.

Restylane products are typically used under the eyes, in the folds of the nose, around the mouth and lips, in the jowl area, as well as helping to create fuller lips. Restylane Lyft is also FDA-approved for restoring lost volume on the hands.

The Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne products are specially adapted for use on areas of the face that are dynamic, where their added elasticity results in more natural facial expressions.

Because hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body, it dissolves naturally over time. The benefits of Restylane treatments typically last between six and nine months, while a series of injections can last for up to 18 months.

Restylane Lyft used to be known as “Perlane”; it was rebranded when it received FDA approval for use in adding volume to sunken cheeks.

Juvederm Product Family

Several hyaluronic acid-based injectable gel products are marketed under the Juvederm family name. They perform similar functions to the Restylane product family, with the main characteristics summarized below.

Juvederm Voluma (also known as just “Voluma”) allows the contours of the face to be enhanced and is also FDA-approved for adding volume to hollowed-out cheeks. The hyaluronic acid used in Juvederm Voluma is modified to create a more resilient filler; this allows the product to also provide a degree of lift to sagging areas, and results in benefits lasting over six months, sometimes up to two years.

Juvederm Ultra is used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, and creates a very smooth effect, resulting in a very natural look. This product has a softer consistency and is ideally suited to augmenting the lips. It’s also adapted for use on areas with especially thin skin, such as around the lips and eyes. Benefits last for at least four to six months, and sometimes up to a year.

Juvederm Ultra Plus is used to treat deeper lines and folds in the skin. Its benefits last a few months longer than the Juvederm Ultra product.

Sculptra Aesthetic

Sculptra contains a synthetic substance (poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA) that stimulates collagen production. It’s used to treat deep lines, creases, and folds, but is particularly effective at filling the hollowness caused by loss of fat beneath the skin. It can take up to three months for the benefits of a treatment to become fully apparent, but this also makes these improvements appear more natural. A Sculptra treatment can last up to two years, although one treatment a year is normally recommended to maintain the benefits.

Hopefully, this summary has answered more questions than it poses. Your Laser Skin Care happy to schedule a consultation, during which we’ll fully explain all the issues that surround the use of these fillers. Bear in mind that while all fillers are injections, not every injection is a filler. Some fillers (particularly Restylane) can be combined with Botox injections to prolong their benefits. Several of the Restylane and Juvederm products are also available in versions that incorporate a local anesthetic, for use on sensitive areas of the face.

 

Reduce Under-Eye Bags with Fillers

Posted on June 14, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Feeling tired and worn out can be an unshakeable feeling at times. If your body does not get the rest it needs, you are likely to experience issues with the increased prominence of under-eye bags. Fortunately, there are a number of things that can be done to make sure you don’t look as tired as you feel.

One simple and effective way of dealing with under-eye bags is to apply frozen spoons to this area for a few minutes each morning. The cold sensation will cause your body to constrict blood vessels which will in turn improve the appearance of your under-eye area. However, this home remedy is only a temporary solution. If you are looking for a more permanent answer to your under-eye problems then cosmetic enhancements, such as fillers, will be your best bet. See below for more information on how fillers can help with this common esthetic problem.

What do fillers do?

Fillers plump up facial skin, which can help combat multiple signs of aging and correct hollow areas.

What type of fillers are best for the under-eye area?

We recommend treating the under-eye area with fillers that contain hyaluronic acid in their formulation. Restylane is particularly well suited to treat this area.

How long will the effects of fillers last?

The benefits of injectable fillers can last up to nine months in the under-eye area. Hyaluronic acid fillers can also be easily reversed if you would like to end the results of your treatment earlier.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Three Rejuvenating Treatments to Kick-Start the New Year

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

The new year inspires many of us to improve ourselves. If you are interested in investing in yourself in this upcoming year we have put together a list of treatments that will help you on your journey to looking your best in 2018.

 

Botox and Fillers

Although the new year bell has rung, you can still turn back the clock by incorporating Botox and fillers into your beauty routine. Botox and fillers have been lauded for their remarkable ability to freshen the appearance of your facial features, but each treatment addresses different aspects of the aging process.

 

Botox, for instance, is best used on the expressive lines of the face, which include the forehead, in between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet. The rejuvenating treatment will relax the muscles that create wrinkles and fine lines on the face, and it is powerful enough to soften patient’s faces for a period of three to six months.

 

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are best used in the areas where we are experiencing volume loss. Restylane is one of the leading brands in the injectable fillers market, and it can correct deep static lines and restore youthfulness to one’s appearance. We have found that Restylane works best to reverse the signs of aging in the nasolabial folds area and around the mouth.

 

Chemical Peels

One of the simplest ways to rejuvenate the skin is through exfoliation. Medical grade chemical peels are highly effective at improving skin texture. Some of our favorite chemical peels on the market today have been created by the renowned professional skincare company called Skinmedica. The Illuminize, Vitalize, and Rejuvenize peels have been expertly designed to create a more uniform complexion. The Rejuvenize and Vitalize peels can also tackle minor skin imperfections such as acne scars and fine lines.

 

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

All About Lip Fillers

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

Full, luscious lips are one of the most desirable traits in the world. However, due to age or genetics many find themselves disappointed with how their lips look. If you are one of these people there are a number of cosmetic treatments available to achieve more beautiful lips.

Many choose to overdraw their lips with liners to give the illusion of a perfect pout, but this is a temporary solution that often gives a very dated look to your makeup. Celebrities and beauty aficionados are increasingly turning to lip fillers as their means to obtain a smile that’s both sexy and attractive.

Our favorite lip fillers have hyaluronic acid as their main component. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body that has the remarkable ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Its impressive moisture retention abilities help the skin look supple and plump, and this ingredient is also incredibly effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Patients who receive lip fillers based on hyaluronic acid are truly receiving the best lip enhancement treatment available. The results last up to six to nine months, and patients see improvement in appearance of their lips immediately. These lip fillers are also completely reversible if you are in any way unsatisfied with the look of your augmented lips.

Lip fillers, in general, work to soften fine lines and increase the volume of the lips. However, not all lip fillers are created equal. Before you seek treatment, you should find a reputable aesthetic physician who understands how different formulations of fillers can better augment the lips. At Your Laser Skin Care, we utilize the most advanced lip fillers available on the market, and with each patient we carefully consider their facial anatomy before augmenting their lips.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.