When creating a youthful facial appearance, it is no longer acceptable to address only skin sagging.
The treatment of unwanted lines and wrinkles is essentia,l as is the magical third component of facial rejuvenation, the replenishment of lost and redistributed facial volume.
Several different FDA-approved injectable materials are available for line and wrinkle therapy and facial-volume enhancement. Products such as : Juvederm Ultra®, Juvederm Ultra Plus®, Restylane®, Perlane®, Belotero Balance® and Radiesse® are all dermal fillers intended to create volumetric enhancement of the skin and underlying soft tissues, that will last on average between nine months and two years, depending on what product is injected and its location on the face.
Sculptra® is a product that stimulates a patients own collagen production to gradually and naturally restore volume loss over a period of about 6 months. The average patient will require 2- 4 treatments spaced 6 weeks between each treatment, Since it is the patients own collagen that will ultimately replenish facial volume, the effects may last for several years. However, unlike the injectable filler materials mentioned above, millimeter specificity cannot be controlled since the patients response to Sculptra® may vary. For this reason, Dr. Yellin prefers to use Sculptra® in the lateral face such as the temple and cheek areas rather than the midface where millimeter volumetric control is critical.
LaViv is a personalized biological product that is available to treat unwanted facial lines and wrinkles using your own collagen producing cells known as fibroblasts. The procedure requires that Dr. Yellin take several small skin biopsies from behind your ear and then send these off to a lab where the fibroblast cells are nurtured and multiplied. Several months later, these cells are sent back to Marietta facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Center on a prearranged day. Dr. Yellin will then inject your own cells into the unwanted lines and wrinkles and overtime, these cells will produce collagen and reduce the appearance of the treated lines and wrinkles.
During your personalized consultation, Dr. Yellin will apply his knowledge and expertise to create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.
The following are some of the facial areas in which injectable fillers can be used to add volume:
- Nasolabial Creases (smile lines)
- Marionette Lines (area from corner of mouth down to chin)
- Tear Trough Area (hollowness underneath the eyes)