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Second in demand are the popular hyaluronic acid fillers including Restylane® and Juvederm®. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring body substance that works by plumping the face up and restoring volume.
This gel can be injected into a wide variety of areas to improve facial contours and smooth wrinkles. It produces natural, gentle, safe and long lasting corrections. It is primarily used to treat naso-labial folds (nose to corner of your mouth) and lip enhancement.
After treatment slight swelling and tenderness may occur. This discomfort is temporary and generally is gone within a few days. With lip treatment, the lips may become swollen and look a bit uneven, but this too typically persists for only a few days.
Restylane® can last for six months or more before it is naturally absorbed into the body. Repeated treatments are necessary to maintain the effects. You will see the full results of your procedure after about one week.
From the creators of Botox cosmetic, Juvederm is a dermal filler FDA approved to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles. It, also, is generally used on the nasolabial folds.
Juvederm, like Restylane, is a hyaluronic acid gel filler used to supplement the natural hyaluronic acid that aids with skin elasticity.
The improvements to your appearance can last for up to a year, although they typically last about six to nine months. Juvederm is naturally absorbed into the body.
Sculptra™ is injected into the skin for restoration of the signs of fat loss. It is effective, well tolerated and long-lasting. It is synthetic, compatible with the skin and biodegradable. It is made from a material which has been used in dissolvable suture material and soft tissue implants for years.
Sculptra is injected with local anesthesia below the skin surface in areas which have suffered volume loss. It provides a gradual increase in the thickness of the skin. It will not correct the cause of fat loss but will substitute for it with increasing skin thickness.
Sculptra works differently than injectables such as Restylane in that its result is accomplished over time rather than immediately. For optimum improvement, most patients require a series of two to three sessions spread out over several months. Sculptra requires re-injection only about every two years to maintain the correction once maximum improvement has been obtained.
Sculptra is injected using a skin ointment anesthesia. As with any injections there may be minor discomfort. After, some bruising may be anticipated which is self-limited and quickly absorbed with massage and ice pack application.
Any of these injectables might be combined with other surgical procedures such as a facelift. Facelifts lift and reposition the skin and underlying tissues while injectables plump the skin and restore volume. In addition, the injectable procedures might be combined with each other for more dramatic results.
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For more information about any of the injectables or to set up an initial consultation, please contact one of our experienced Chattanooga cosmetic surgeons.