Wrinkles and creases around the lips and eyes, as well as volume loss in the face are some of the most common signs of aging. Although their appearance is a natural aspect of getting older, they’re not a welcome sight for the cosmetically-inclined and the youthful-at-heart. Facial contouring is achieved primarily through the use of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers come in a variety of different formulas and compositions, each of which is designed to correct a certain concern or to treat a specific area of the face. Fillers essentially act as “synthetic fat” that fill out areas affected by volume loss or enhance areas that have always been naturally deficient. Dermal fillers offer a non-invasive way of contouring, or reshaping your face, to enhance your best attributes.
Injectable fillers are safe, FDA approved, minimally-invasive treatments that can help contour your appearance to enhance your existing, beautiful features. Injectable fillers are gel-like substances that are most often used to rejuvenate an aging face. As you get older, your face loses a significant amount of fat, and collagen and elastin production slow down. Collagen and elastin are vital proteins found in the skin that form a framework to support cells and tissue. With the loss of these proteins and fat, the youthful, round appearance of your face begins to fade away over time.
Radiesse is an injectable filler that contains microspheres made up of phosphate and calcium. These two substances are naturally found in the body and help stimulate your skin’s collagen production. Radiesse immediately fills out areas that lack volume, and as time goes on, the microspheres encourage the body to generate new collagen. Depending on the person, Radiesse can last for one to two years. It’s a great treatment for fat loss in various parts of the face like the temples, jawlines and for lifting the jowls by treating the lateral cheek bone. Radiesse is Dr. Khorasani’s filler of choice for general lifting purposes.
Sculptra contains a biocompatible synthetic substance that’s used for stimulating collagen production. This same substance has been used in absorbable sutures for the last 50 years and has an excellent safety record. Unlike other fillers, Sculptra does not initially offer significant volumization. It works by stimulating your collagen and therefore, the results are gradual, but significant. Patients are typically treated over three separate visits, six weeks apart. The final results are evident approximately six months after the last treatment. Results can last up to two years; however, most patients do not go back to their original baseline and some residual volume tends to last for years. Sculptra is Dr. Khorasani’s filler of choice for global volumization of the face and buttocks.
Because cosmetic fillers are minimally-invasive, side effects are generally mild, including:
In a consultation, Dr. Khorasani will conduct a thorough examination of your areas of concern and discuss the improvements you hope to achieve. This will help him determine which type of filler is best suited for your needs, how many syringes you will require and the optimal injection placement. He will then use an ultra-fine needle or cannula to administer the filler. The new formulations of most fillers include a numbing agent, which helps with any discomfort. Topical numbing cream can also be used to enhance your comfort during treatment.
Most patients can return to normal activities right away. The results achieved with injectable fillers depend on the filler material used and the amount administered, as well as the location where it is injected. Some fillers produce immediate results, while others may take some time or require a series of treatments to reach their full benefits. On average, most fillers last six to twelve months, especially those containing hyaluronic acid that will eventually be processed by the body. Synthetic fillers can last somewhat longer.
Dr. Hooman Khorasani is a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon who performs both aesthetic surgery and non-surgical treatments for the face and body. It is paramount that in order to get the safest and most effective treatment, you receive injections from a board certified physician that thoroughly understands anatomy and has extensive experience. With his expertise and thorough knowledge about injectable fillers, Dr. Khorasani can properly address your concerns and help you become the most beautiful version of you.
Dr. Khorasani and his highly-specialized team look forward to working with you to transform your medical or aesthetic goals into reality. To expedite a request for a consultation, message us securely, or contact Dr. Khorasani’s Manhattan office by phone at 347-574-8500. For more information about how to get in touch:CONTACT US