Treat facial lines and wrinkles, lift your cheeks, sharpen your jawline, plump and define your lips, and even soften the look of your hands with fillers!
As we age, we lose collagen, fat, bone, and volume in our face and other body parts. Utilizing fillers allows us to restore these losses, helping to bring back a more youthful, refreshed appearance to the skin. Fillers give us many choices to decide which products will help you achieve your desired look!
Every person is unique, so Dr. Scott’s offers a wide array of fillers to customize your treatment plan.
uses of Fillers
✓ Facial Fillers
It’s a part of life — our skin changes as we age, becoming thinner, losing fat, and no longer looking as plump and smooth as it once did. Facial aging begins in your 20s, when skin firmness begins to decrease as a result of both internal factors (genetics and natural aging) and external factors (sun exposure, smoking, stress, etc.).
The use of fillers can help with the following:
- Cheek volume
- Lip enhancement
✓ Hands Filler
Regain your hands’ youthful and smooth appearance by treating signs of age. Soften the appearance of prominent veins.
✓ Lip Filler
Age or just plain genetics can cause a less-than-desirable shape of your lips. Maybe you’d like a little more definition to the outer part of your lips. Perhaps you’d like a bit of a “pretty pout” or just some fullness for a more youthful look. What about a more shapely “cupid’s bow”? These can all be addressed with filler. If you are going for a much fuller look than you currently have, it is best to divide your sessions into 2 or 3 sessions, using a small amount each time and allowing the volume to build. This can help decrease bruising or more extreme swelling than receiving the treatments in one sitting. It also helps reduce your chances of migration or that dreaded “duck lip” look!
Types of Fillers
Hyaluronic Acid fillers
Most fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid, a natural substance in the body. When administered by a skilled professional, your fillers look soft and natural. You can maintain the natural movement of your face while softening those unwanted lines. Hyaluronic acid fillers are what most people think of when we talk about fillers; we carry Juvederm®, Restylane ®, Revanesse Versa, and Belotero.
However, we use other types of products to provide volume- Sculptra and PRP work differently, as they are collagen stimulators. Sometimes, we use a combination of hyaluronic acid and PRP to not only improve volume but also to improve the color and tone of the skin.
Collagen Simulators (PRP and Sculptra®)
Sculptra works as a poly-L-lactic acid collagen stimulator, encouraging natural collagen production in treated areas to restore facial volume over time.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma):
PRP is a natural collagen stimulator. It uses your blood’s natural growth factors to increase collagen and blood vessel formation, naturally helping your skin regain its bright, smooth, healthy, and firm appearance. PRP works exceptionally well when injected under the eyes to improve the “hollows.” It also works well when used with a small amount of filler, and it uses the filler as a matrix, or scaffolding, to help the filler go further and improve skin color and tone.
Please note that PRP generally requires 2 to 3 sessions to see the best results. Results are usually immediate because of swelling, and this will decrease over a week as the PRP is absorbed into the tissue. This is where the magic starts to happen! Over approximately eight weeks, the results will begin to be noticeable, a little at a time. Each session builds on the other to give you a more natural, rested, and brighter look!
** Sculptra® Aesthetic:
Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) works as a collagen stimulator, encouraging natural collagen production in treated areas to restore facial volume over time.
How Does Sculptra ® Work?
Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable liquid used to increase volume and restore shape. It is made with a biocompatible, biodegradable material called poly-L-lactic acid, used for many years in absorbable sutures.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
A series of 2-3 visits are scheduled about 5-6 weeks apart, each reevaluating the need for additional Sculptra. Because it stimulates your collagen production, results occur gradually over 4-6 months. The great thing about Sculptra is how long it lasts- typically two years from the last injection.
Since every person responds differently to treatment, the amounts needed will vary. It is injected deep within the skin, and unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production, volumizing gradually.
This appointment requires mixing your dose beforehand, and a booking fee of $800 is required when your work is scheduled. This will apply to the total amount of your final bill.
What Areas Does Sculptra ® Treat?
Sculptra® is perfect for filling in the hollows of the temples and volumizing cheeks. It can also give knees a little less sag and more definition, fill “hollow” spots on thighs, or help disguise problematic cellulite areas.
When Will I See the Results?
Sculptra is not for patients who need instant gratification. But if you can be patient, the results are worth the wait. Ask any Sculptra patient or check out some before and after photos, and you’ll see for yourself. Because Sculptra stimulates your body to produce collagen, this process takes time.
After Sculptra is injected, water mixed with the product absorbs over 1-2 days, and it appears that “nothing” was done. Then, as the Sculptra particles start stimulating collagen synthesis, improvement is usually seen after about six weeks. At this time, another injection session is made to build on the initial progress.
What is the Downtime?
Technically, there’s no actual “downtime.” It’s an outpatient treatment that won’t take much more than an hour to perform. When finished, most patients feel they can continue their normal daily activities. Like H.A. fillers, you can experience some swelling at the injection sites that will generally subside in less than a week. Mild to moderate bruising is also common. Tenderness, itching, and redness are other common side effects.
Call our office at 704-282-9355 to set up an appointment!
**Not everyone is a candidate for Sculptra. People who have autoimmune problems should not seek treatment with Sculptra. Autoimmune problems include those who have multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and vasculitis.
Contact Dr. Scott’s office to schedule your appointment today at 704-282-9355 to determine which filler is best for your needs.
FOR BEST RESULTS!
Pre Care Instructions
- Avoid using Aspirin, NSAIDs, Ginko Biloba, Garlic Supplements, Green Tea, Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Vitamins A and E, and essential fatty acids for up to 1-week pre and post-injection as they will increase your risk of bruising.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before (or after) your treatment to avoid extra bruising
- You may take Arnica tablets 2-3 days prior to your injection to reduce the risk of bruising
- Do not apply products that are potentially irritating for 2 -3 days before and after
treatment (examples- tretinoin/retin-a, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, hydroquinone)
- Inform your provider if you have a history of cold sores to receive advice on antiviral therapy before treatment
- Do not use the above-stated if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or allergic to any ingredients. Please inform your provider if you have any questions about this before the treatment
Post Care Instructions
- Ice (but avoid firm pressure) for 15 minutes 3 times the day of treatment
- You may take Acetaminophen/Tylenol if you experience any mild tenderness/discomfort
- Massage the areas five times daily, for 5 minutes each, five days after treatment. This is known as the 5-5-5 Rule!
- After treatment, there will be moderate swelling and redness with the possibility of bruising. These symptoms will resolve in about seven days. You may apply or take Arnica tablets to help decrease the amount of bruising.
- Avoid extended UV exposure until any redness/swelling has subsided. Apply SPF.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours to reduce bruising. You may resume other
normal activities/routines immediately
- Avoid laser, IPL, or skin tightening treatments of the area for at least 2-3 weeks
- You may continue your topical products as mentioned above 1 week after injection