Dermal Fillers are injectable treatments that restore youthful volume and fullness to the face, plump deeper facial lines and folds and provide contour and definition to the face.
Over time, the effects of aging can take a toll on our appearance. Skin becomes thinner, loses its elasticity and is more prone to fine lines, wrinkles, creases and folds. Fortunately, it is today to restore a smoother, more youthful appearance with the use of dermal fillers, which are injected beneath the skin's surface to fill depressed areas.
At The Skin Center locations in Pittsburgh, dermal filler treatments are performed a registered nurse, physician’s assistant or board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dominic Brandy, MD.
In Columbus, Ohio dermal filler injections are performed by a registered nurse or board-certified plastic surgeon, Fernando Colon, MD.
Healthy, youthful skin contains two key compounds that diminish with the aging process -- hyaluronic acid and collagen.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar compound found in the body. This acid helps maintain skin volume by attracting and binding water, giving the skin a smooth, plump appearance. However, with time, UV exposure and environmental factors, the hyaluronic acid in the skin diminishes and collagen breaks down causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear.
Injectable hyaluronic acid can temporarily replace this compound, restoring to the skin the volume and firmness it has lost.
Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid include:
Radiesse, an FDA-approved, longer-lasting dermal filler, restores lost volume and fullness to the skin by stimulating new collagen production -- the framework for healthy, younger looking skin.
Radiesse contains very small, smooth calcium hydroxylapitite microspheres, which are suspended in a water-based gel. Calcium hydroxylapitite is a mineral substance found in the body. Over time, the body replaces the Radiesse with newly formed collagen, which provides longer-lasting wrinkle reduction, up to a year or longer, for moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds such as nasolabial folds (smile lines) or marionette lines.
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that provides shape, resiliency and texture to the skin. Over time, the skin's natural collagen begins to break down causing the formation of fine lines, creases and wrinkles. Collagen injections given just below the surface of the skin temporarily fill these depressed areas, restoring a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Once considered the gold-standard in dermal fillers, collagen injections are no longer a popular facial treatment as longer-lasting, hypoallergenic dermal fillers are now widely used and deliver predictable results.
Fat transfer, or fat grafting, is an effective treatment for restoring youthful volume and fullness to the face (and body) while reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and facial folds. Fat transfer is a two-step process that involves removing a small amount of fat from the hips, thighs or buttocks, and injecting it into select areas after it has been processed. Because the fat is from the patient's own body, there is no risk of an allergic reaction.
Because fat transfer is a surgical procedure, in Pittsburgh, fat transfer begins by removing the fat during a liposuction procedure in our state-licensed, nationally accredited (AAAHC) surgical center. In Columbus, fat transfer and liposuction surgery is performed in our nationally accredited (AAAHC) surgery center.
In Pittsburgh, chin augmentation may be achieved through fat transfer to the chin area. Fat transfer to the chin is a minimally-invasive surgery requiring no sutures to facial area and a faster recovery than traditional chin implant surgery.
A small amount of fat is removed from one area of the body, typically the abdomen through liposuction, and then injected into the chin area using a topographical layering technique, providing the definition and prominence desired. In addition to adding definition to the chin, from that single injection point, fat is artistically added to the nasolabial folds and marionette area to soften facial lines and wrinkles.
The result is a natural, balanced and youthful-looking appearance.
If you are interested in Dermal Fillers to treat unwanted lines and wrinkles; or if you would like to add volume and rejuvenate your face, contact The Skin Center Medical Spa. Call us at 1-800-429-1151 to schedule a consultation at your nearest location.