Which Dermal Fillers Work?

4 proven, anti-aging injectables (and 3 “watchouts”).

Facial wrinkles, lines and folds are part of the natural aging process. They can start to show up as early as in or 30s and 40s to make us look older than our numerical age.

The good news is that today’s non-surgical dermal fillers, also known as injectables, can do a remarkable job of temporarily softening or removing moderate to severe facial lines, wrinkles and folds.

In the hands of a skilled and experienced surgeon, these office-administered treatments 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 to consider as part of your anti-aging routine.

(1) Restylane®
Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, facial cosmetic surgeon in Cincinnati, OH, specializing in just the face and neck area for 30+ years, 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.
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-andtrue dermal gel containing a modified hyaluronic acid identical to a naturally occurring building block found in the human body. Dr. Smyth uses this face filler to smooth away lines and wrinkles 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.

(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.

• There is a definite art to treatment using dermal fillers. Choose a surgeon who is highly experienced and who takes a conservative approach. He or she can always add more fillers later, if needed.
• Inform your facial cosmetic surgeon/specialist of any allergies or medical conditions you have, as well as any muscle or nerve conditions you have currently or have been treated for in the past, and all medications you currently take.
• Enter carefully into savings “deals”, “packages”, “parties” and discount “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. Call 513.201.8490 to schedule a complimentary consultation or appointment with Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, to discuss dermal fillers in Cincinnati and all of today’s non-surgical and surgical solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and younger “you” look you desire.