Restore a youthful appearance
Healthy young skin contains collagen that gives it volume, flexibility and strength. As part of the aging process, your own natural collagen breaks down. This loss of elasticity and volume results in wrinkles, facial lines and skin laxity that take away the youthful appearance from your face. The treatment of individual wrinkles is often not enough to restore a youthful and fresh appearance. In order to counter the effects of gravity and regain a younger shape, the face needs real volume. This can be achieved with a dermal filler which also re-stimulates natural collagen production for effective and lasting volume.
Blunt-tip microcannula vs. sharp needles
In Aesthetic Medicine, a blunt-tip microcannula is a small tube with an edge that is not sharp, designed for atraumatic intradermal injections of fluids. Advantages of using a blunt-tip microcannula instead of a sharp hypodermic needle:
- virtually no bruising
- considerably less pain
- minimal downtime
- single point of entry for wider coverage
- production of new collagen
Dr. Gavrila has found that using a blunt-tip microcannula as an alternative to hypodermic needles has simplified filler injections and produced less bruising, echymosis and pain with faster recovery. Advantages include an atraumatic injection and the ability to inject an entire lip, nasolabial fold, cheek, temple area, décolleté, or dorsum of the hand using a single or double puncture site. Fewer punctures are necessary with the microcannula as compared to the hypodermic needle; thereby, reducing procedure time, pain, and bleeding. The microcannula provides benefits over hypodermic needles in terms of being less traumatic, less painful, and an easier route of injection for dermal fillers. Also, by using a blunt-tip microcannula, the risk of breaking blood vessels is diminished and so is the risk of bruising nerves. Lifting the cheeks, adding padding back into the tear ducts and defining the jaw are all procedures made painless and easy with the use of blunt-tip cannulas.
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Types of Filler
Bellafill contains unique microspheres are not absorbed by your body and work with your skin to produce collagen which provides the support your skin needs for natural results lasting up to 5 years. With Bellafill, you can expect treatments to improve over the course of several months and provide immediate results for wrinkle correction allowing you to return to your normal daily activities.
Volbella is a dermal filler specifically tailored towards the lips, aimed at restoring definition to lip contours and remedying “laugh lines” or other potentially displeasing facial features. What separates Volbella from other hyaluronic acid based fillers is that the solution specifically used for Volbella is designed to absorb a minimal amount of water, which has the intended result of reducing facial swelling after the injection.
Vollure is Allergan’s newest addition to the Juvederm line of hyaluronic acid-based gel dermal fillers. If you’re looking for a non-surgical treatment option to improve the appearance of deep facial creases and folds like nasolabial lines, Vollure might be the right choice for you! Vollure is Allergan’s longest lasting dermal filler approved to treat and correct the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles for up to 18 months.
Voluma is formulated to specifically target volume loss in the cheeks and cheekbones. When injected into these areas, Voluma replaces the volume that we lose over time with age. Voluma was formulated to spread easily in the skin, which provides smooth and natural looking results and helps reverse the signs of aging by replenishing volume and restoring a fuller, more youthful appearance.
Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC
Both Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC consist of a smooth gel that is made of hyaluronic acid, but in different consistencies and strengths. Both are used for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles, but Juvederm Ultra Plus XC is a thicker more viscous substance than Juvederm Ultra XC. Therefore, Ultra Plus XC can provide more dramatic results in areas with deeper lines and hollows in the skin. Juvederm Ultra XC is more appropriate for superficial locations and finer lines and wrinkles.
Restylane works immediately by adding volume to smooth away wrinkles. A clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, Restylane is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own hyaluronic acid, and eventually breaks down naturally.
Like Restylane Classic, Restylane Lyft can also be used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). If you want a more youthful appearance, but you’re concerned about the potential discomfort from treatment, you can get beautiful results and a more comfortable Restylane Lyft experience. By combining lidocaine with Restylane Lyft, it helps reduce discomfort during and after treatment.
Restylane Defyne is a brand-new, FDA approved HA-based filler that specifically targets the nasolabial folds (NLF) or “laugh lines.” These “laugh lines” are the wrinkles and folds we get between our nose and our mouth and around the cheek area. Defyne uses its advanced HA formula to give the skin more elasticity and smooth out existing wrinkles and deep lines.
As we age, we lose this HA. Restylane Refyne is an HA-based dermal filler that returns this elasticity to the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. However, what separates Refyne from the rest of the dermal fillers is XpresHAn Technology. XpresHAn technology takes traditional HA fillers to the next level. By improving water retention, Refyne can work better and last longer than traditional HA fillers.
Restylane®Silk, a dermal filler intended to increase volume and definition to the lips. Within a few days time after treatment, the patient should notice a tighter contour to the lips along with the removal of unsightly wrinkles around the mouth, resulting in a beaming, youthful smile.
Located in Annapolis, Baltimore, and Arlington, ProMD Health is proud to provide our patients with a wide range of comprehensive aesthetic treatments that can give them the confidence they need to lead happy, healthy lives. If you’d like more information about our practice or are interested in scheduling a consultation with us, in Maryland in Columbia, Annapolis and Baltimore or Arlington, Virginia!