The goal of all dermal filler treatments is to correct facial wrinkles and fill hollows that occur as a result of aging, weight loss, scarring, or injury. Composite fillers are one attempt to solve a major shortcoming of dermal fillers: short-lived results. Most dermal fillers last about 4-6 months, roughly the same length as BOTOX® treatments. In an attempt to increase the length of results, composite fillers combine a smooth carrier gel with tiny spheres of a durable material that is designed to increase the life of results.
After injection, the gel is absorbed by the body, leaving the microspheres. As it absorbs the gel, the body fills in around the spheres with collagen, maintaining results as long as the spheres are in place. These fillers are good for nasolabial folds and deep hollows. Sometimes they are used for facial reshaping. Radiesse treatments for increasing the prominence of cheekbones are popular. They are not recommended for lip augmentation. Currently, there are two composite fillers approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Dermal fillers in Washington, DC are commonly used for:
Restylane, Perlane, Juvéderm and Belotero are all non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA) fillers. Because they are not derived from animals, no allergy testing is necessary before treatment. Chemically, they are very similar, but structurally, they are very different. Restylane was the first NASHA filler developed, and it is composed of small particles. Perlane is similar to Restylane, but it has a larger particle size. Juvéderm is different: it is manufactured as a smooth gel. The theory is that the particles in Perlane and Restylane give them more lifting power, so they can be injected into deeper tissue and provide better results on deep folds, whereas the smooth gel of Juvéderm is easier to inject and causes less tissue irritation. Juvéderm Ultra is a Juvéderm variation that is thicker.
In Washington, DC at Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, we offer:
A common side effect of Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvederm®, Juvederm®, Belotero® is swelling at the injection sites which can last 1-3 days. Bruising may also occur. As soon as the swelling and bruising resolve, the clinical results of the treatment will be apparent. Wrinkles, folds, and hollows will be significantly reduced. Clinical results typically last for about six months or more.
Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC holds a Diamond rating with Allergan (the makers of Juvederm®), is part of the Medicis Platinum Club with Restylane®/Perlane® and is an Expert Physician with Merz (the makers of Belotero®/Radiesse®. The physicians at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery on K Street in Washington, DC on K Street participated in phase III FDA trials for the approval of Botox for cosmetic use and the Institute has been selected as a national training center for physician instruction in Botox® Cosmetic treatment, as well as advanced Restylane injection technique. Dr. Tina Alster is on the advisory board of Medicis, the company that distributes Restylane®, Perlane® and Dysport®, as well as Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox®, Juvederm®, and Latisse® .
Whether you have deep facial folds, fine lines, sunken cheeks, hollows under your eyes, or thin lips, Belotero can help. To learn about the great results that have made these treatments popular, schedule a facial rejuvenation consultation at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC today.