Injectable dermal fillers give your skin a fresh, youthful, lift, and smoothness. They are an ideal option for people who want subtle changes or aren’t ready to commit to a more intensive procedure. Dr. Becker can expertly improve facial volume, soften wrinkles and creases, and plump thin lips. Dr. Becker uses a variety of injectable fillers to achieve the results you desire. Individual results may vary.
Restylane®, Juvedérm®, Volbella®, and Belotero® are gels made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin. They are clear gels and effectively fill lines and wrinkles in the skin, giving you a more youthful appearance. Individual results may vary.
Dr. Becker also uses them to restore and add volume to areas like the lips and cheeks. Dr. Becker’s detailed understanding of facial anatomy ensures you will achieve natural results without looking overdone. Restylane®, Juvedérm® and Belotero® treatments last between 4 – 6 months. Juvedérm Voluma® for the midface and cheek area and Juvedérm Volbella® for the lips last 12 – 18 months. Hyaluronic acid fillers are extremely safe because hyaluronic acid is a substance normally found in the skin. Allergic reactions and other unwanted effects are very rare. Notify your doctor if you have any allergies to bacterial proteins. Individual results may vary.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite: Radiesse®
Calcium Hydroxylapatite is a substance that occurs naturally in the bones. This dermal filler is white and is denser, making it a more desirable option for areas where more volume correction is needed. It is a white paste and therefore is not a good option for use in fine lines and creases, because it is more likely to be visible. Radiesse® lasts longer than hyaluronic acid, typically about 9 months. Individual results may vary.
Poly-L-Lactic Acid: Sculptra® Aesthetic
Sculptra® is FDA approved to stimulate natural collagen growth, restore facial volume, and improve the appearance of wrinkles and folds over time. Dr. Becker injects Sculptra® into the tissues under the skin to stimulate new collagen development. Over a period of time, the body regenerates collagen, which helps restore facial fullness. The number of treatments will vary depending on the amount of volume desired, but in general, the average is 3 treatments, each done 6-8 weeks apart. Results may last longer than 2 years. Individual results may vary.
Bellafill is the only dermal filler that stimulates collagen growth long-term to help maintain your youthful appearance for up to 5 years. Bellafill’s tiny, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres are suspended within a base of smooth collagen gel. Once injected, the collagen gel immediately reduces the look of smile lines. Over time, your body uses the microspheres in Bellafill to create a “scaffold” onto which your own natural collagen can develop. This collagen forms a foundation that adds volume to wrinkles, reducing their appearance – and giving you natural-looking results that feel soft and smooth for up to 5 years. Individual results may vary.
Injectable Dermal Filler Procedure: What to Expect
Dermal filler injections are quick and convenient. After administering an anesthetic to the area, Dr. Becker will carefully fill wrinkles and lines in the face, using small hypodermic needles. The entire procedure rarely takes more than an hour and is usually much shorter. Side effects are very rare. Patients may experience some slight redness or swelling in the treated area immediately after the procedure. Individual results may vary.
Swelling usually goes away the next day. There is usually little to no bruising, but if present, it typically fades within a few days. The main risk is bruising, which partially depends on the filler used, the area being treated, and the patient’s tendency to form bruises. Individual results may vary.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Becker and he will assess your facial anatomy and discuss your medical history and goals to determine an injectable dermal filler plan that will achieve the results you are looking for.