Non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as a liquid facelift or laser treatments, are popular with Washington DC plastic surgery patients. While loose skin typically requires surgery with a facelift, non-surgical treatments can be started at a younger age, may help “hold off” the facelift, or be continued after facial surgery to help maintain a youthful appearance.
What are facial fillers in a liquid facelift?
More and more facial fillers are available each year to enhance one’s appearance. We offer a variety of these office treatments, which may be used for the lips, cheeks, or eyes. The most popular facial fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural component of the skin. HA fillers come as a clear gel that may plump lips, soften facial wrinkles, and augment cheeks. Facial fillers vary in their consistency and longevity. Results may last anywhere from several months to a couple years in some patients.
Facial filler treatments have also been shown in research stimulate collagen growth to various degrees. Patients may experience this collagen growth effect by possibly needing less filler per treatment and/or going longer between treatments.
What are some examples of facial fillers?
Examples of HA fillers include Juvederm®, Restylane®, and Belotero®. Other available fillers that don’t have HA include Radiesse® and Sculptra®.
The HA filler brands have numerous degrees of “softness” to help achieve desired results. For example, some HA fillers are very thin and designed for more superficial skin treatments. Other HA fillers are thicker and stronger for deep volume enhancement of the cheek bones.
What is the best facial filler?
There isn’t a “best” filler for all patients. The best plastic surgeons and dermatologists use a variety of fillers and techniques in liquid facelift treatments. In addition, physicians often use facial fillers in an off-label manner for cosmetic treatments.
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