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Soft Tissue Fillers

Frequently Asked Questons

As you age, your skin loses three key, natural ingredients needed for volume, firmness and an overall youthful appearance.  Elastin, a highly elastic protein, diminishes over time and your skin is no longer able to return to its original position.  All of those smiles are now permanent marionette lines.  Collagen is the main structural support protein.  It is vital for skin elasticity, firmness, suppleness and constant renewal of skin cells.  Hyaluronic acid is involved in tissue repair.  It has also been promoted as a “fountain of youth.”  With its magical ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water, it is the most powerful natural moisturizer available.  Once these three main components of your skin begin to dissipate, permanent lines and creases become more noticeable.

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Soft tissue fillers, or injectable fillers, are a popular solution to reversing signs of aging and putting back what nature has lost. Injectable fillers offered by Dr. Vartany include Juvéderm, Restylane, Belotero, and Radiesse.  By adding fillers, you are replacing the depleted elements found in younger skin and achieving a more plumped and rejuvenated appearance.  Creases and facial lines are diminished and volume is restored for a smoother, more youthful look.

 

All dermal filler injections are performed by trained, registered nurse injectors, under the supervision of Dr. Vartany.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are soft tissue fillers?

    Soft tissue fillers are injectable gels injected into areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds occur.  Soft tissue fillers are also used to temporarily add volume under the skin.

  • Which fillers are offered at Armen Vartany, MD, FACS?

    Armen Vartany, MD, FACS offers a number of soft tissue fillers to best suit your individual needs.

    • Juvéderm® XC – hyaluronic acid
    • Juvéderm Voluma® XC – hyaluronic acid
    • Restylane® - hyaluronic acid
    • Restylane Lyft® - hyaluronic acid
    • Radiesse® - calcium based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel
    • Belotero® - hyaluronic acid
  • What fillers will I need and how much do they cost?

    The Registered Nurse that performs the injections will provide you with a consultation to determine which filler treatment and how many syringes will be required for your desired result.

     

    Juvéderm® XC

    Used primarily in the lips, laugh lines, and marionette lines.  Per company claims, will last up to 1 year.  According to our patient average, lasts 2-6 months.  Do not use if you are allergic to lidocaine.  Visit juvederm.com for complete product information.

    $500 per syringe.*

     

    Juvéderm Voluma® XC

    Used primarily in the cheek area.  Per company claims, will last up to 2 years.  According to our patient average, lasts 9-12 months.  Do not use if you are allergic to lidocaine.  Visit juvederm.com for complete product information.

    $600 per syringe.*

     

    Restylane®

    Used primarily in the lips, laugh lines, and marionette lines.  Per company claims, maintains improvement for up to 18 months after initial treatment, when each line received a follow-up treatment at 4.5 or nine months.  According to our patient average, lasts 2-6 months.  Visit restylaneusa.com for complete product information.

    $500 per syringe.*

     

    Restylane Lyft®

    Used primarily in the cheek area and laugh lines.  Per company claims, will last 12-18 months.  According to our patient average, lasts 9-12 months.  Do not use if you are allergic to lidocaine.  Visit restylanelyft.com for complete product information.

    $600 per syringe.*

     

    Radiesse®

    Used primarily in the laugh lines, and marionette lines.  Per company claims, will last up to 1 year.  According to our patient average, lasts 6-9 months.  Visit radiesse.com for complete product information.

    $500 per syringe.*

     

    Belotero®

    Used primarily for very fine lines.  Per company claims, will last up to 6 months.  According to our patient average, lasts 4-6 months.  Visit belotero.com for complete product information.

    $400 per syringe.*

     

    * Full, half, and quarter syringes available.

  • When will I see results?

    You may begin to notice results immediately following treatment; however, the material will need to settle which takes up to 7 days.  Final results may be seen 7 to 10 days following treatment.   Results will always vary per individual.

  • Should I avoid anything before or after treatment?

    Three days before treatment, avoid any blood thinners, including but not limited to: aspirin, Motrin®, Advil®, Excedrin®, Aleve®, or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.  The intake of certain vitamins such as: Vitamin D, E, C and Omega-3 may make you more susceptible to bruising.

     

    You should not receive any facials over the treated areas for 3 – 4 days after your procedure.

     

    Avoid exercising the same day as treatment.

     

    Keep your head elevated above your heart for 3 – 4 hours following treatment.

  • What should I expect after treatment?

    After your treatment, you can resume your day with minimal downtime.  You may experience redness, swelling and/or bruising at the injection site.  You may lightly ice the area, immediately following treatment and throughout the day, to reduce initial bruising and swelling.  Additionally, you may take a non-drowsy antihistamine to reduce initial swelling.  Possible side effects include, but are not limited to: pain, itching, firmness, lumps/bumps, redness, tenderness.  These may last 7 to 14 days.  Contact our office if “lumps” are present for massaging instructions.  As with all skin-injections, there is a risk of infection.

  • What are some procedures that may compliment my Soft Tissue Filler treatment?

  • Important Facts about the Safety and Risks of Soft Tissue Fillers

    The decision to use Soft Tissue Fillers is extremely personal.  You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of dermal fillers are acceptable.  Complications from dermal fillers are uncommon.  Potential risks vary depending on the specific filler used and the relative permanence of the filler substance.  These include:

    • Acne-like skin eruptions
    • Asymmetry
    • Bruising, bleeding from the injection site, swelling
    • Damage to the skin that results in a wound and possible scarring
    • Infection at the injection site
    • Lumps
    • Palpability of the filler under the surface of the skin
    • Skin rash with itching
    • Skin redness
    • Under- or over-correction of wrinkles

     

    These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent.

     

    It is important that you address all your questions directly with your injection nurse.  Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee.

     

    In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single procedure.  Most fillers do dissipate over time.  To maintain your correction, you will need to consider repeating the injection process at various time intervals.

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