Soft tissue augmentation through the use of fillers is one of the most popular
non-invasive, non-surgical procedures performed today. Fiillers offer a safe, effective, and convenient method of removing
the aging lines from the skin. Filler agents are typically used to treat smile lines, wrinkles between the brows, naso-labial
folds, sunken cheeks and thinning lips. Facial filler injections take only minutes to perform, and the cosmetic results
are immediate and outstanding. However, most facial fillers are temporary, and last only a few months. Depending
on the product and the reaction of the patient, touch-ups will eventually be required.
Restylane® and Juvederm®
Restylane® and Juvederm® are both smooth, clear, biodegradale gels made of hyaluronic acid which is a natural
sugar found in human skin. Hyaluronic acid binds to water and gives the skin a natural plumpness. These
products are injected underneath the skin with a very fine needle to help restore volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and
folds. Since these are naturally occurring products, allergy testing is not necessary before treatment. Results
are seen immediately and usually last 5-6 months.
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein found in the second layer of skin (the
dermis), which maintains the firmness of the skin, and "plumps up" the skin, joints, bones and ligaments.
Zyderm® and Zyplast® Collagen injections are used to counteract the effects of gravity and years of facial muscle
movements by filling out sunken areas and smoothing lines, wrinkles, folds, and scars. Collagen is also used for enhancing
the lips for a rejuvenated look.
Fat transfer is a procedure used to plump up and replace tissue loss, and contour
and correct wrinkles, furrows and hollows in the face and hands. This procedure uses a patient's own fat removed from
another part of the patient's body and is used as a filler substance. Donor fat is taken with a sterile tube from an
area with fatty deposites such as the buttocks, thighs, or abdomen, and then re-injected into the areas to be filled.
Since one's own tissue is used, there is no risk of the body rejecting it. This technique can help to contour and "plump
up" the aging face, as well as improve scaring, lines, and wrinkles.