How to Smooth or Soften Wrinkles

Today’s dermal fillers are a proven option.

If you find yourself increasingly unhappy with the wrinkles, lines and folds you see in your face, but you’re not yet ready for a facelift, you may be an ideal candidate for today’s safe and effective, non-surgical dermal fillers, also known as injectables.

In the hands of an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon/specialist, such as Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, facial cosmetic surgeon in Cincinnati OH, specializing in just the face and neck area for 30+ years, these office-administered treatments can do a remarkable job of smoothing and softening moderate to severe facial lines, wrinkles and folds. They deliver superb and immediate results whether used alone or in combination with a facelift. They can last for months to more than a year and be repeated as needed.

Get to know these 4 dermal fillers for smoothing and softening wrinkles:

(1) Restylane®
Dr. Smyth prefers this dermal filler for the delicate area under the eyes. Specially formulated for the thinner under eye skin, Restylane allows him to fill sunken areas and add volume subtly and gently for natural results that leave the face and eyes looking refreshed and more youthful. FDA approved.

NOTE: New forms of Restylane are being introduced for use in other areas of the face, as well. Ask your surgeon for details.

Results: Can last up to 18 months
Cost: Usually priced by the “syringe”. Ask your surgeon his or her cost per syringe. Example: The area under your eyes may require two syringes at initial treatment.

(2) Botox® (injectable)
Botox has become the gold standard among cosmetic surgeons for temporarily smoothing facial wrinkles, especially the vertical lines between the eyebrows (the “11’s”), creases at the corners of the eyes (squint lines), and horizontal wrinkles in the forehead. Botox is the brand name of this toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. FDA approved.

Results: Typically 3 to 6 months
Cost: Usually priced by the “unit”. Ask your surgeon his or her cost per unit. Example: The area between the brows may require 10 units of Botox at your initial treatment.

(3) Juvederm®
Juvederm is a tried and true dermal gel for natural-looking results. It contains a modified hyaluronic acid identical to a naturally occurring building block found in the human body. There are many versions of Juvederm, each intended for a specific area of the face or facial aging issue, such as lines and wrinkles in the nasolabial folds (along the sides of the nose and mouth), in the cheeks and chin areas. FDA approved.

Results: Typically up to one year or longer
Cost: Usually priced by the “syringe”. Ask your surgeon his or her cost per syringe. Example: The nasolabial area may require two syringes at initial treatment.

(4) Voluma®
Voluma is the first and only FDA-approved dermal filler designed specifically to correct volume loss in the cheek area. This injectable gel subtly returns the cheeks to the fuller, natural look of your younger years. It is part of the Juvederm family of fillers.

Results: Can last up to two years
Cost: Usually priced by the “syringe”. Ask your surgeon his or her cost per syringe. Example: The cheeks may require two syringes at initial treatment.

Important Watch-Outs…

    • Discuss your concerns and expectations with your surgeon. There is a definite art to treatment. Choose someone who is highly experienced. Start conservatively –– and add more later, if needed.
    • Tell your facial cosmetic surgeon/specialist about any allergies or medical conditions you have, any muscle or nerve conditions for which you’ve been treated in the past, and all medications you currently take.
    • Enter carefully into savings “deals”, “packages”, “parties” and special pricing offers that require you to have more dermal fillers than you actually need in order to get a savings. An overdone face is not worth the money saved.

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.351.0020.