Soft tissue fillers have become an extremely popular procedure in this country, and for good reason. In the hands of a trained and experienced Board Certified dermatologist, fillers restore youthful volume, soft contours, and lip definition to the face (and in some cases, other areas of the body). Dr. Gerald Bock helps California Skin & Laser Center patients throughout CA turn back the years through the skillful use of dermal fillers for facial sculpting.
Cosmetic fillers 101
Today’s dermatology patient is lucky to have a range of filler options available. Basically, they fall into these categories:
- Hyaluronic acid (HA) based. HA is a compound of complex sugars that occurs naturally in the body. It has the unique capacity to attract and retain many times its own weight in water to plump skin from the inside out. Some familiar names in HA fillers are Juvéderm, Perlane, and Restylane. HA fillers work well to smooth laugh lines and to augment lips. Each patient and treatment area is different, but results typically last about six months. Voluma is a new HA filler in the Juvéderm family, specifically designed to add volume to the cheek area.
- Poly-L-Lactic acid based. This amazing formulation is found naturally in eyes and joints, and used in dissolving sutures. You know it as the cosmetic filler called Sculptra. With a series of treatments, Sculptra gradually rebuilds collagen to smooth deep folds around the mouth. Results last up to two years.
- Calcium microspheres. Radiesse contains calcium hydroxylapatite. These tiny beads of calcium are suspended in a smooth clear gel. It is injected around the mouth and chin to add immediate volume, and to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen. Results usually last a year or more.
When cosmetic fillers are a good choice
Fillers are a great option for the male or female patient whose skin needs more rejuvenation than a topical treatment can deliver, but who is not ready for the risks and recovery time of cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic fillers are very safe, minimally invasive, and require little or no downtime. Facial sculpting with dermal fillers is also discreet – co-workers, friends, and family members won’t ask if you’ve had work done. They’ll just know you look terrific!
Call California Skin & Laser Center today at 209-751-4292 for more information on cosmetic fillers.