Archive | Injectable Fillers

Which Lip Augmentation passes the kiss test?

In order to obtain truly natural feeling lips, meaning full but still soft and supple lips, with movement that feels normal to the touch, lip augmentation must come from hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm, Restylane and the soon-to-be-approved belotero) or from fat grafts to the lips. Implants and long-lasting fillers like silicone can make the lips CONTINUE READING

What are the best lip augmentation options?

Lip augmentation is actually a pretty complex topic for what seems like a simple goal.  The reason is that most patients would love to have a permanent augmentation to the lips but often it would be either a major undertaking, or involve enough steps that in the end a filler would be simply a much CONTINUE READING

Which filler do you recommend for the cheek area?

There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing the right filler to enhance the cheeks.  Costs play a role, as do ease of injection and how long the filler lasts. You also need to consider your unique goals and the amount of volume required.  For large amounts of volume, Sculptra is one of CONTINUE READING

How long will fat grafting results last?

Results can vary, depending upon several factors such as what area is being grafted and how it is placed.  Fat grafting is a highly skilled procedure, requiring a surgeon with experience and knowledge to perform it successfully.  The survival of the fat will depend upon those skills and will be the result of how the CONTINUE READING

I am thinking about using a filler near my cheeks before the holidays. How long should I expect swelling to last before I am picture perfect?

When done by a professional experienced with injectables, results can often be seen almost immediately after treatment.  When done correctly there is very little bruising or swelling immediately. Over the course of the next 3-5 days you may then see some minor swelling, but after the 5th day that should be resolved almost entirely.  As CONTINUE READING

I would like a pick-me-up for the holidays so I look refreshed and dewey. Do you have some suggestions to enhance my look quickly?

For a temporary fix, popular treatments are dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse and Artefill.  There are others as well, and which you use will depend entirely on the area you would like treated, and the overall objectives you’re looking for. These objectives should be discussed, pros and cons.  From there you can decide CONTINUE READING

Maybe a new kid on the Botox block: Xeomin

Merz pharmaceuticals is seeking FDA approval for a product closely related to Botox called Xeomin. It has been used for many years in Europe, and might finally make its way through the US regulatory system in 2011.   In many ways it is almost identical to Botox.  It is also nearly painless, lasts just as long CONTINUE READING

Exciting News! We may see a brand new filler soon: Belotero

A new hyaluronic acid filler is seeking FDA approval: Belotero. After many years of use in Europe, Belotero would join Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane, as another great option for facial fillers for use in the U.S. if it gets approval.  I had an opportunity to be one of the first physicians in the United States CONTINUE READING