dermal-faq

Dermal Fillers FAQ

What is Juvederm?
Like Restylane and Perlane, JUVEDERM is a gel made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration.  JUVEDERM fills in moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the folds running from the sides of the bottom of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth), achieving a smooth and natural look.
Like Restylane and Perlane it can also be used to eliminate under eyes circles, volumize your lips and your cheeks to give you a younger more youthful appearance.

How long does the results last?
Juvederm has FDA clearance to last up to one year with one treatment.  In our practice we find that typically Juvederm Ultra lasts up to six months while Juvederm Ultra Plus can last up to a year.  Longevity also depends on the area being treated.  Juvederm or Restylane can last only 3-6 months in lips.

How is Juvederm different from Restylane?
They are both made from hyaluronic acid (HA’s).  We find the results to be very similar. However, we love Juvederm Ultra in the lips as it does not swell as much as Restylane.  At the end of the day, it all depends on the clinician and what product they favor and are comfortable with.  We find the results and longevity to be the same.

Does Juvederm injections hurt?
Your injection experience should be very comfortable.  Now with the introduction of the new Juvederm with lidocane – i.e. Juvederm XC, no one should experience discomforting or pain.  Our clients especially love Juvederm XC in their lips as this is the most sensitive area to treat.  With the new Juvederm XC, the experience is much more relaxing.

How much does Juvederm cost?
Like Restylane and Perlane, the price varies depending on the number of syringes you need and the type of product used to give you your ultimate result.  Typically, our average clients need 2 – 3 syringes of HA’s to get full correction.  Price can average around $750 to $500 per syringe.

What is Restylane and Perlane®?
Restylane® and Perlane are safe and natural cosmetic dermal fillers that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.

How will Restylane® or Perlane make me look younger?

In the hands of a skilled and experienced clinician, your face can be sculpted to fill in lines and creases for a natural and smooth transformation in less than 30 minutes.

How does Restylane work?
Both Restylane and Perlane create beauty with a gel based on a natural substance called hyaluronic acid. It gives natural volume in your skin to lift and produce new firmness, resulting in a healthy, vital appearance. Unlike bovine collagen which is derived from animals and requires an allergy test, Restylane® or Perlane requires no pre-testing.

What is the difference between Restylane and Perlane?
Perlane is a more viscous, thicker product that is used to correct deeper folds and wrinkles.  Perlane also can last up to a year versus six months for Restylane.  Our Doctor and Aesthetic Nurses can help you decided which is the right product for you.

What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra is a safe, synthetic injectable material that provides a gradual and significant increase in skin thickness. Sculptra is used for the correction of fine lines, wrinkles, furrows and creases. Sculptra is injectable Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA), a synthetic substance that is biocompatible, biodegradable and has been safely used in orthopedics since the mid-nineties and has been used in Europe since 1999 for cosmetic correction of scars and wrinkles. Sculptra is an immunologically inert (does not trigger inflammatory reactions) synthetic polymer belonging to the category of biomaterials termed "resorbable". Sculptra is completely eliminated from the body in the form of carbon dioxide. Sculptra has been used in approximately 150,000 patients in more than thirty countries and was recently FDA approved for the treatment of facial fat loss in patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

How does Sculptra® work?
Sculptra works by providing a framework for your body to produce and lay down collagen, which fills in the desired area. With Sculptra, tiny particles of PLLA are diluted in a suspension of sterile water, carefully injected into the skin, and then molded for optimal results. The particles of PLLA stimulate the formation of new collagen in the skin, adding volume over time. Sculptra is an injectable volumizing treatment that stimulates the build up of the body’s own collagen to smooth out lines and wrinkles and restore lost facial volume to give you a fuller, younger-looking face. Sculptra is most often associated with the cosmetic fillers, but is actually a volume increaser. Sculptra is a collagen regeneration product that, unlike traditional fillers (Restylane, Radiesse and collagen), works by stimulating your skins own fibroblasts to produce new collagen. As its name implies, a series of treatments with Sculptra will fill in and re-contour areas where underlying supportive collagen and fat tissue have diminished with age, or have been damaged via injury or disease.

What are the benefits of Sculptra®?
Sculptra is used for restoring volume and improving facial contours. Sculptra produces a more youthful, pleasing facial contour in people with facial aging, wrinkling and loss of facial fat. Sculptra smoothes loose, wrinkled and/or depressed skin. Sculptra can be used to restore the youthful fullness of our temples, cheeks, lips, chin, eye areas and hands, that is lost with the passage of time. Sculptra can also be used in the back of hands to decrease the effects of aging, the upper chest for deep lines and areas of depressions that may occur after liposuction. Sculptra can be used in place of fat grafting (FAMI) to revitalize the face. In many situations Sculptra is an even better option than fat transfer for those patients looking to turn back the clock. The effect of Sculptra cosmetic treatment is gradual and exceptionally natural looking.

How soon will results appear?

New collagen production appears slowly and gradually over a period of two to six months, for a natural, healthy and fuller look. This is an advantage for those people wishing to avoid the obvious tell-tale overnight change in appearance of cosmetic surgery.

How long do the results last?

Sculptra's benefit is long lasting and achieved through a simple series of injections into the deeper layers of the skin, with each treatment taking less than 30 minutes. Sculptra's collagen stimulation is long term and may last for 2 years before a touch up is needed.

Are there any possible side effects?

Sculptra side effects are generally injection-related symptoms at the site of injection, such as:
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness or pain
  • Bleeding
These effects, if they occur, usually last between two and six days.

How painful are the treatments?
Other than the initial "needle poke" sensation, the treatment is quite comfortable and free of burning or stinging.

Will there be any downtime?
There is no downtime with Sculptra treatments. Most people return to work or normal activities immediately.

How Many Sculptra® treatments will I need?

Sculptra may require a series of three to five treatments, every four to six weeks.