When creating a youthful facial appearance, it is no longer acceptable to address only skin sagging and unwanted lines and wrinkles. The critical third component of facial rejuvenation is replenishment of lost and redistributed facial volume. Depleted facial volume is responsible for hollowness, as well as the root cause of many of the sags and bags associated with aging.
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®, Voluma®, Volbella®, Volift®, Restylane®, Restylane Lyft®, Restylane Silk® 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.
Facial areas where injectable fillers can be used to add volume include:
- Smile Lines (naso-labial folds)
- Marionette Lines (area from corner of mouth down to the chin)
- Tear Trough (hollowness underneath the eyes)
Sculptra® is a product that stimulates a patient’s own collagen production to gradually and naturally restore volume loss over a period of about six months. The average patient will require two to four treatments, spaced six weeks between each treatment.
Since it is the patient’s 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 a patient’s 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. During your personalized consultation, Dr. Yellin will apply his knowledge and expertise to create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.
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