Wrinkles and age-related volume loss can negatively affect both a person’s facial aesthetics and their self-confidence. While plastic surgery is a good option for some patients, it’s not the right choice for everyone. Fortunately, modern aesthetic medicine has advanced in the last few decades and today, many new minimally-invasive treatments for signs of aging are available, including dermal fillers. Cosmetic injections create more permanent and natural-looking enhancement than makeup can provide, yet they are less invasive than many other available procedures. In Naples, FL, the specialists at the Aesthetic Surgery Center offer dermal fillers as standalone procedures or in combination with other treatments to help patients look more youthful and restore their confidence.
The Benefits of Fillers
In-office injectable fillers have become a popular go-to option in anti-aging medicine because they immediately reverse the look of lines, wrinkles, and depressions in the skin. Dermal injections can be performed to refresh a person’s look prior to a social event or special occasion, to re-contour areas of diminished volume, and to complement more advanced methods in facial plastic surgery. Fillers can also be performed during a procedure like a facelift or eyelid surgery. Areas of the face can age at different rates, and a more conservative approach allows the preservation of natural tissues for as long as possible.
Injectable fillers are less costly than surgery and allow patients more options for tailoring their look. Because the effects are temporary but long-lasting, patients have the option to try out different looks. Dermal injections can be used to augment areas of the face lacking contour, like a weak chin or thin lips, and they can camouflage imperfections in the nose during a procedure called a nonsurgical or liquid rhinoplasty.
Fillers are available in a variety of materials to suit different patients’ needs. Some have been developed for specific areas of the face, while others may have been created for longevity. Many fillers utilize a material called hyaluronic acid which is found in the body and attracts water molecules to the area for a natural-looking revitalization.
The Difference between Dermal Fillers and Botox
The main types of cosmetic injections are categorized as fillers or neurotoxins. Injectable fillers are designed to replace volume loss in the skin, which causes creases and folds. As patients age, fat can dissipate from areas like the cheeks, sun damage can cause the breakdown of collagen and elastin, and gravity takes its toll on all tissues of the face. Synthetic gels and sometimes the patient’s own fat are strategically injected to plump and smooth out the skin. The results can last several months to a year or longer with more recent formulas.
Neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport are safe, synthetically-derived injections that work by limiting the movements of facial muscles. This promotes less pronounced muscle contractions to minimize or eliminate creases in the face that are caused by facial motion, known as “dynamic” wrinkles. Botox and Dysport injections serve a different purpose than fillers, but the two types of injectables are often used together as part of a total treatment plan. Dysport injectables in Naples, FL have become increasingly popular as the formulation is similar to that of Botox but can be more effective in certain areas of the face.
Fat transfer is another popular solution to address the aging face. The procedure is completed in a two-part process. Fat is harvested from the patient’s own body using liposuction and is then injected into areas like face and hands to replace lost volume and restore a more youthful appearance.
The liposuction procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. Fat for grafting can be removed from almost any area of excess, including the midsection, on the sides, the buttocks, and thighs, and removing it from these areas can also create a desirable slimming effect. Often, patients who are undergoing liposuction as a primary plastic surgery opt to make use of some of the fat that is removed for overall aesthetic improvement.
After the fat has been harvested from the body, it undergoes a purification process in a centrifuge to ensure the viability of the fat. Fat grafting is very safe for patients because the body recognizes its own bio-material and will not reject it once it has been transferred. Fat transfer allows the doctor to augment the face and restore its youthful contours. Fat transfer can improve cheek fullness, fill in facial hollows, restore volume to the eyelids, and refine the jawline. This procedure can be done awake in the office or at the surgery center with anesthesia. Fat offers long-term correction and filling, since many of the transferred fat cells will establish themselves in the new location permanently.
Cosmetic Injections Offered
The Aesthetic Surgery Center in Naples, FL has an extensive menu of dermal injections for patients to select from. Below is a brief description of each available treatment. The best way for patients to find the best option to suit their needs is through a consultation with one of the plastic surgeons at the Center.
JUVEDERM® injectable gel is a hyaluronic acid derivative, similar to Restylane, which targets wrinkles and folds of various depths. It is also the preferred injectable for performing a lip augmentation as it has one of the smoothest consistencies of any filler on the market. JUVEDERM® contains lidocaine, resulting in minimal discomfort when injected.
Perlane® is FDA-approved for soft tissue augmentation of moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. Perlane® is similar to Restylane®, but with its larger particle size, it is injected into deeper folds and often used for cheek augmentation. Perlane® in Fort Myers, FL has become a fan-favorite procedure.
Radiesse® is a synthetic injectable filler made of calcium hydroxyapatite that non-surgically reduces most wrinkles, creases, and scars by augmenting the body’s natural collagen supply. It is best suited for deeper wrinkles and folds, or cheek augmentation. Radiesse® is made from the same minerals found in human bones, so it carries little or no risk of allergic reaction. It is one of the longest-lasting temporary injectable fillers that are FDA-approved.
Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid filler gel designed to smooth wrinkles and folds, sculpt lips and shape facial contours. Restylane® is one of the most popular filler agents, contains lidocaine, and is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
BellaFill® filler is the first non-resorbable (permanent) filler approved by the FDA for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. A collagen skin test in the forearm is required prior to treatment. Unlike temporary fillers, results from Bellafill® injections improve with time, and last for years. This filler is used for nasolabial folds and marionette lines (smile lines).
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC injectable gel is the first and only filler FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the cheek area. It is composed of a hyaluronic acid derivative, which is found in human skin. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC provides a subtle lift with minimal downtime, helping to restore the contours of a more youthful profile. The injections are suitable for patients 21 years and older, and can last for up to 2 years.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved injectable that has been shown to soften and reduce fine lines by relaxing the muscles of the muscles of the face. It is the Aesthetic Surgery Center’s most popular facial treatment. The most common areas of the face to be treated are horizontal forehead or worry lines, vertical frown lines, crow’s feet, or fine lip lines. The injections have a high patient satisfaction rate.
Similar to Botox, Dysport injectables in Naples, FL are derived from botulinum toxin. Dysport can start to work more quickly than Botox, but the two treatments are very similar. Patients who have stopped responding to Botox may be able to benefit from Dysport since the formulas are slightly different.
Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable cosmetic treatment used to eliminate the fat that causes a double chin. As the only non-surgical method for addressing this common cosmetic problem, Kybella is quickly growing in popularity alongside Botox and other injectables. Kybella destroys fat cells, which the body naturally eliminates on its own following each session
Frequently Asked Questions about Dermal Fillers
Are the injections permanent?
No. While certain dermal fillers can last up to two years, these injections must be repeated in order to maintain results. Some patients find more longevity with fat transfer, though fat content can diminish with weight loss, and it requires a more extensive procedure.
How do I avoid an artificial look with dermal fillers and cosmetic injections?
The skilled doctors at Aesthetic Surgery Center use small gauge needles to distribute conservative amounts of the products below the skin and are all trained in administering the injections to patients. The doctors also use combination techniques of different types of injections as well as facial plastic surgery procedures to provide optimal aesthetics and help patients reach their goals.
Can the injections be performed on the body?
Botox injections have been approved for medical use, or are safe to use off-label to treat excess sweating or muscle spasms. Dermal injections can be safely injected into sensitive areas of the body like the labia majora during labiaplasty or on the top of the hands to restore a more youthful look. The doctors can explain all the safe uses of these injectables.
What are the side effects of dermal injections?
Most commonly, patients will notice slight bruising and swelling in the injection sites. These can be treated as instructed, sometimes with a cold compress or over-the-counter pain medication. In rare cases, patients may experience sensitivity in the area, an allergic reaction, or asymmetrical results. Choosing an experienced plastic surgeon helps to minimize risks.
What is the best age to start getting fillers?
Most dermal fillers are approved for patients 21 or 22 and older, but people this young typically use fillers for procedures like lip augmentation rather than anti-aging. The doctors at the Aesthetic Surgery Center treat patients as young as their thirties for wrinkles, folds, and volume loss, with no upper age limit for injections. In sunny Naples, most people are regularly outdoors due to year-round sunshine and its coastal location. While this creates an excellent quality of life, residents are more susceptible to the regular effects of the sun’s UV rays. It is not unusual for patients to have moderate sun damage once they have reached their thirties, and dermal injections are a great way to restore a youthful look while delaying more extensive procedures.
Because injections are minimally invasive and performed in a controlled medical setting, they are deemed safe for almost anyone to undergo. Age does not play a factor in injection safety, unless there are extenuating circumstances, like allergies to the substances. The in-office sessions are generally deemed much safer for patients who may not be eligible for plastic surgery due to age or health concerns.
Aesthetic Surgery Center in Naples, FL
The plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Surgery Center specialize in both facial plastics and body plastics to provide a single location for a total makeover. Patients can visit either convenient location in Naples or Marco Island, FL to undergo a variety of procedures. The doctors offer a range of options from minimally invasive treatments like dermal injections to more extensive reconstruction procedures like body contouring after weight loss. South Florida doctors Anurag Agarwal, M.D., F.A.C.S., Richard Maloney, M.D., F.A.C.S., and William A. Ross, M.D. are now accepting new patients for dermal fillers and other cosmetic procedures. Contact the practice by calling (239)-594-9100 or Schedule Your Consultation online.