There is an increasing consumer trend for non-surgical alternatives to plastic surgery. They are typically non-invasive, affordable, and provide near-immediate improvement. They can be performed before or after surgical procedures, and they may give patients a small “psychological” boost, delaying the need for more invasive procedures. Patients that utilize fillers may also have an interest in taking care of their skin through professional skin care. Our plastic surgeon James Matas, MD, performs all cosmetic injection procedures to ensure patients receive the highest quality results. The following facial fillers are currently utilized in our practice:
- JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC
- JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC
- JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC
- BOTOX® Cosmetic
- What to Expect at Your Consultation
- How the Treatment is Performed
- Cost of Injectable Treatments
JUVÉDERM® is a smooth, colorless, hyaluronic acid-based gel that is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds–especially around the nose and mouth–minimize acne scars, and add fullness to the upper and lower lips. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance found in the human body. The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and to act as a cushioning agent. The filler material contains no anesthetic, so we administer a topical anesthetic to increase patient comfort. JUVÉDERM® injectable gel temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and help to restore a smoother appearance to the face. Results are immediate and may last up to 12 months. Expect mild swelling and mild tenderness. JUVÉDERM® is our most used filler agent.
JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC
JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is a long-lasting injectable lip rejuvenation treatment designed to restore lost volume and add fullness to thin lips. This hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler can also minimize the appearance of vertical lines that form around the mouth as a result of smoking, sun damage, and/or the aging process. With JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC, you can achieve lip augmentation results that are soft, supple, and natural-looking.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC injectable gel is the first dermal filler FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the cheek area. It gives you a subtle lift, helping to restore contour and a more youthful profile for up to 2 years. As we age, the cheek prominence flattens and sagging can occur. VOLUMA™ reverses these effects.
JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC
JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC is one of the newest members of the JUVÉDERM family. This dermal filler is specifically designed to treat moderate to severe wrinkles and creases, including nasolabial folds (often referred to as “smile lines” or “parentheses lines”). This innovative product provides the longest-lasting results of any injectable for the treatment of nasolabial folds. When applied by an experienced injector, JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC can volumize tissue below wrinkles for smooth, subtle results that look natural. Depending upon the patient’s unique needs, JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC can be used in combination with other dermal fillers for a “liquid facelift”—designed to lift, firm, and volumize the skin of the cheeks, lips, and jawline for comprehensive rejuvenation. The results of JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC can last up to 18 months or more, and touch-up appointments can be scheduled to maintain your more youthful appearance.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular injectable treatments in the U.S., but it is NOT considered a facial filler. BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the muscles of the face that are responsible for exaggerated facial expressions and creases. It then blocks the nerve impulses so the expressions and lines are greatly reduced or eliminated. To assist with patient comfort, we administer a topical anesthetic prior to injection. The effects can be fully seen within 3 to 10 days and will last about 4 months. BOTOX® injectable is often combined with facial fillers in about 45% of patients who need filling and softening at the same time.
KYBELLA® injections can reduce excess fat that has accumulated beneath the chin without the need for surgery. This injectable product is commonly used to treat the appearance of a “double chin” by breaking down and unwanted fat for a leaner, more defined jawline and profile. The results of KYBELLA® are considered to be long-lasting and the treatment is best suited for patients with good skin elasticity.
What to Expect at Your Consultation
At your initial consultation, Dr. James Matas will help you develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. He’ll explain the type of injectable products available that can offer the best possible results for your areas of concern, and he will recommend an appropriate quantity. In some cases, your treatment can be administered immediately following consultation!
He will advise you to avoid using aspirin, ibuprofen or Vitamin E before your treatment, as this may increase bleeding and bruising at the injection sites. He may also recommend you take Arnica Montana after injection, to help minimize bruising and swelling. A small dosage is available for purchase in our office at your request.
How the Treatment is Performed
Before treatment is performed, a topical anesthetic will be administered for your comfort. A series of small injections place the filler material beneath the skin and into the areas where improvement is desired. Since you are awake during treatment, you can provide Dr. Matas with immediate feedback on the correction he makes in each area. The procedure typically takes just a few minutes, and you may drive yourself back to work or home. Depending upon the type of treatment, mild redness, bruising, and tenderness may be experienced, but it can usually be covered with makeup.
Cost of Injectable Treatments
When calculating the cost of your injectable treatment, there are several variables that can impact the final price. Dr. Matas will help you decide which injectable or combination of injectables can best meet your cosmetic goals. As part of your custom-designed treatment plan, he will also determine the quantity needed of each injectable, as well as the location of the injections, to maximize results while still maintaining a natural aesthetic. At the end of your initial consultation, Dr. Matas can explain the total cost of your injectable treatment. Some patients choose to take advantage of plastic surgery financing, which can provide qualified patients with loan options that require only low monthly payments with little to no interest. For more information about these financing options, please contact our office.
Your New Look
Bothersome lines and wrinkles will often be gone and lips will be fuller without the risk and expense of a surgical procedure. While the treatment effects are temporary, periodic touch-up injections can help you maintain the desired degree of correction all year