Injectable Fillers in Virginia Beach
The popularity and demand for injectable fillers such as Juvederm™, Restylane® and Perlane® have grown rapidly in recent years because these dermal fillers offer a non-surgical alternative for facial rejuvenation and enhancement. Studies have shown that injectable dermal fillers generally have effects lasting six to 12 months.
What are Injectable Dermal Fillers?
Injectable fillers are smooth consistency gels used to correct the appearance of facial lines and folds. They are made from hyaluronic acid gel, a substance that occurs naturally in the human body. Hyaluronic acid is a key structural component of the skin and tissues that binds water to cells. It may be thought of as the body's internal moisturizer, creating volume and shape, and acting as a lubricant and shock absorber. Hyaluronic acid concentrations throughout the human body decline with age, causing a loss of volume and the formation of wrinkles and folds.
Injectable fillers are commonly used to diminish the nasolabial folds (smile lines) and lines at the corner of the mouth (marionette lines). They can also contour and plump the lips and soften deep lines around the lips.
How long the effect of injectable fillers lasts varies among individuals, and depends on many factors, such as the structure of the skin, lifestyle and age, as well as the degree of perfection demanded by the individual. Studies show that the results of injectable fillers used in the nasolabial folds are visible for up to one year in more than 70 percent of patients. Most people choose to have a touch-up done within a year of the original treatment.
Procedure and Recovery
You will receive a topical local anesthetic cream prior to your filler injections. The injectable fillers are formulated with the local anesthetic lidocaine to further improve comfort during treatment. The filler is injected beneath the skin surface to lift the soft tissue and improve skin wrinkles and folds. Our nurse injectors, Alice Bates-Matney, BSN, RN or Pat Briggs, RN, carefully administer the correct amount of filler to create a natural appearance. Bruising and swelling are usually minimal after treatment and are easily disguised with sunscreen and make-up. You will instantly see results in the treated areas.
Our experienced team of injectors, comprised of Ben Hugo, M.D. and Pat Briggs, R.N., will help you select the injectable fillers that are best suited to meet your individual needs.