4 face fillers you need to know about
Not yet ready for a facelift? Not sure cosmetic surgery is something you want to do? But, you’re not at all happy with the lines, wrinkles and folds you see in your face. 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, these office-administered treatments can do a remarkable job of temporarily softening or removing 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 can be repeated as needed.
Here are 4 dermal fillers you need to know about (as well as their typical results and pricing).
(1) Botox® (injectable)
Botox is the brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. 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. 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.
Juvederm is a dermal gel containing a modified hyaluronic acid identical to a naturally occurring building block found in the human body. Dr. Robert J. Smyth and other cosmetic surgeons use this face filler to smooth away lines in the nasolabial folds (along the sides of the nose and mouth), in the cheeks and chin areas, delivering natural results. 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.
This member of the Juvederm family of fillers 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.
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.
Dr. Robert J. Smyth prefers this dermal filler for the delicate area under the eyes, as it 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.
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.
- Tell your facial cosmetic surgeon/specialist about any allergies or medical conditions you have, any muscle or nerve conditions you have or have been treated for in the past, and all medications you currently take.
- Discuss your expectations with the surgeon or facial cosmetic specialist. There is a definite art to treatment. Choose someone who is highly experienced. Also, it is always a good idea to start conservatively –- and add more later, if needed.
- Be cautious about savings programs. While everyone likes to get a “deal”, beware of “packages”, “parties” and 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.
For more information, details and links to the websites of Botox, Juvederm and Restylane, click here.
Call 513.351.0020 to schedule a complimentary consultation or appointment with Dr. Robert J. Smyth to discuss dermal fillers and all of today’s non-surgical and surgical solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and younger “you” look you desire.