Articles Tagged: Los Angeles Fillers
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 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.
Posted on October 24, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko
As we age, wrinkles gradually develop all over our bodies, including our necks. The weakening of neck muscles plays a big role in this process since these are the muscles that help keep the skin on our neck tight and smooth. It’s not uncommon to develop so-called bands in the neck which can run either horizontally or vertically. There are certain surgical procedures that can address these bands.
There are also newer methods that are less invasive, and which carry less risk. A recent study focused on the use of dermal fillers, to effectively reduce the appearance of these bands.
Fillers have been used to soften facial lines for many years, so researchers wanted to see if they would be a similarly effective treatment for horizontal neck lines. 14 eligible subjects were chosen for the trial. Some of them received hyaluronic acid filler injections into their neck lines. As with most injections, there was some bruising and swelling, though these side effects resolved relatively quickly. Compared to subjects who did not receive the treatment, those who were treated with hyaluronic acid filler had visibly reduced neck lines.
We are hopeful that this treatment will be as effective for the neck lines as they are for the facial ones. Trials are underway to determine the most effective way of performing these treatments, such as the type of needle to be used, injection sites, and frequency of injections.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, 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.
Posted on September 20, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko
After choosing Juvederm, this patient had beautiful, natural like results with minimal discomfort. Choose Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles for the most advanced dermal fillers and professional service.
Posted on May 31, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko
Laser hair removal is the most effective way to remove unwanted hair. In some patients, laser hair removal is permanent, while others may require “touch-ups” annually. Although sessions you undergo for laser hair removal are quite straightforward, there’s a great deal of science behind the procedure. Laser is actually an acronym of “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation,” and the device releases light of a specific wavelength. Lasers weren’t originally used for the purpose of hair removal, but researchers noted in the 1970’s that using lasers for other medical uses resulted in hair loss. (more…)
Posted on February 6, 2014 by Ella Fedonenko
Just when we think that the Fountain of Youth, indeed, runneth over and the search has ended. After BOTOX, the Laser, IPL, Chemical Peels, Restylane and the rest – what else could there possibly be to reverse the signs of aging?
Meet Voluma, the newest sister product to the popular filler, Juvederm, and created by Allergan, the same powerhouse company that also manufactures BOTOX, Voluma is unique, exciting and available now!
Just approved by the FDA, Voluma has been highly anticipated for the last five years. It’s results in other countries, prior to its release in the U.S., have been remarkable in achieving the very specific benefit for which it was created, adding volume to the “hollow” mid-cheek area of the face.
While the signs of individual aging may vary, a bit, according to skin type, skin care, heredity, lifestyle, environment and other considerations, the basics are universal: lines, wrinkles, folding or sagging skin and hollow or “sunken” areas at the temple, under eye, cheek and chin.
As noted earlier, cosmetic dermatology has addressed the first few conditions with many non-invasive procedures and products. But the shifting of fatty tissue and the structural changes, over larger areas of the face, have presented a different challenge. And Voluma is a different product.
Voluma is a part of the derma filler family. It even contains one of the key natural ingredients, hyaluronic acid, that is already produced by the body and found in the most successful filler products. But, injected into the deeper layers of the skin, Voluma also lifts as it adds volume to flattened, drawn areas. The natural, attractive curves of the face are restored.
As with all injectables, there are some temporary side effects that might appear, following treatment, including swelling, tenderness, redness and bruising. But there is evidence that these symptoms are milder, with Voluma, and their duration is shorter.
And here is one of the best benefits of this new product – the duration of it’s side effects may be short, but the duration of its results are long-lasting! The effects of Voluma have been consistently noted to last up to two years. Perhaps that’s why this new procedure has been referred to as “the liquid face-lift.”
Posted on January 6, 2014 by Ella Fedonenko
Today, lip augmentation is fast and, depending upon the product, may last for several months or, even a year. With no real downtime. Some soreness and swelling may occur but is, usually, resolved within a week. And the look is truly lovely.
Along with the ease of the procedure, fillers allow the practitioner great control over the volume of the product used as well as its perfect placement. It may even be done over a series of appointments for a very gradual and natural look. And finally, an added bonus of using fillers is that the little vertical lines, above your upper lip, may disappear as part of the process.
So who might benefit the most from the lip enhancement procedure? Perhaps your upper lip is too thin and tends to disappear when you smile. Or you have a “gummy” smile and would like to expose less of your gum line. The natural aging process, and resulting loss of volume, may have changed the shape of your mouth or caused the corners of your mouth to droop a bit, turning downward. Your lips might be uneven and a bit more fullness might add just the right touch of balance and symmetry.
There are many reasons for enhancing the size and shape of your lips but remember that everyone is different. You and your practitioner should spend time really studying your face, your mouth, your skin and talking about the best look for you. There should never be a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to your unique features and style.
And do keep in mind that lips are a, particularly, delicate area of your face and you should have a very experienced doctor or practitioner performing procedures on it.
Do your homework. Then relax and call Your Laser Skin Care center for a free consultation on creating your shapely new smile.
Posted on August 27, 2013 by Ella Fedonenko
Even the most successful treatment such as dermal filler often results in some measure of side effects. Among the most common are swelling, soreness, redness, bruising, itching and, more rarely, some inflammation at the injection site. After all, the skin will usually react any time it’s penetrated by a needle. But it’s usually not severe or long-lasting.
In fact, most side effects may be treated with over-the-counter medications and disappear in just a few days. Some might linger for a week but lessen every day.
Your job is to take the simple precautions that will either prevent or greatly reduce the severity and longevity of these side effects. Here is a list of some of the most popular “do’s and don’ts” we recommend prior to your dermal filler procedure.
Some medications and natural supplements tend to make your blood thinner and less able to clot. This is one of the common causes for “bruising.” So the following drugs should be discontinued seven days before treatment: Aspirin, Ibuprofen (including Aleve, Advil and Motrin), Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, Ginko Bilboa and St. John’s Wart. Remember, Tylenol is always allowed and should be sufficient to relieve any tenderness or pain. Alcohol and garlic should be avoided 1 – 2 days before your injections.
Tiny pellets of Arnica Montana have also proven to be very effective and may be dissolved, under the tongue, the day before and the morning of your appointment. Whole Foods is a very good source for purchasing this supplement.
Remember to talk to your own doctor or practitioner for other recommendations or if you have any specific conditions or questions.