In recent years, our patients have seen a growing number of injectable treatments to help improve the appearance of wrinkles and enhance the lips without the need for a surgical procedure. In Louisiana, injectable fillers like Restylane®, and JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel are helping women and men look their very best.
No one wants wrinkles, and injectables can be an excellent choice for filling facial lines. In addition, fat transfer is often used to create a full lip appearance. Over time, our facial skin and lips produce fewer collagen cells, causing them to become drier and lines to set in. Wrinkle reduction and lip augmentation are two ways to turn back the clock on the look of your face.
To learn more about injectables, request a complimentary consultation at Jade MediSpa or call our office at (888) 791-1053 . Conveniently located in Shreveport, we serve patients from Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas, and offer a complete array of skin care treatments and plastic surgery procedures.
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Who Needs It
Almost all men and women from their 20s to their 70s can benefit from wrinkle reduction, and practically all women are candidates for lip augmentation. Injectables can restore a fuller, more youthful look to the face.
In getting ready for an injectable treatment, it is important to know all of your options and to discuss these options with your physician. After evaluating facial wrinkles, our surgeons can recommend a treatment for you. Women who are interested in lip augmentation have the option of permanently enlarging their lips through implants or by using fat grafts that plump up the lips for months at a time.
Radiesse effectively corrects deep creases and folds around the nose and mouth, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It is made up of tiny microspheres suspended in a gel-like solution. Initially, it works like most cosmetic fillers, correcting wrinkles and filling out the skin. After about 3 months, the microspheres stimulate collagen production for up to 2 years. Radiesse does not require an allergy test because it is made up of calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance naturally found in the body.
BELOTERO BALANCE is a hyaluronic acid filler from the makers of Radiesse that offers soft, even correction of lines and wrinkles. BELOTERO is designed to integrate with your skin and your unique facial contours, allowing for a truly individualized treatment. Unlike many of the other hyaluronic acid fillers we have experience with, BELOTERO is highly versatile, with qualities that allow it to adapt within the skin in the treatment area. It is substantial enough for deeper treatment areas, such as the nasolabial folds, yet soft enough for more superficial treatments, such as tiny vertical lip lines. Another nice feature of Belotero is that when treating the tear-trough and lower eyelid area, it does not leave a bluish hue under the eyes, unlike most other hyaluronic acid fillers. We have also seen less swelling when used under the eyes than some other fillers. Treatment takes less than 30 minutes, and results are immediate and should last 6 months or more.
Restylane® & Perlane®
Restylane and Perlane are injectables that fill in lines and wrinkles and augment lips. They are similar to treatments such as collagen but last much longer – up to one year (collagen last about three to four months). Perlane contains more hylauronic acid than Restylane so it is better suited for larger creases and folds. Restylane effectively fills small wrinkles and can be used as a touch up after Perlane treatments. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to one hour, during which time a sequence of injections fill in the area being treated. A topical anesthesia is usually all that is needed to ease discomfort during the procedure. Results are immediate.
JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel
A hyaluronic acid filler from the maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM rehydrates the skin and is ideal for filling in lines that occur on the lower portion of the face, such as nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth) or marionette lines (running from the corners of the mouth down toward the chin). the procedure takes less than a half hour to perform in most cases and results are immediately apparent.
Made from polylactic acid, Sculptra is an injectable filler that effectively treats facial wrinkles and lipoatrophy (the loss of facial fat commonly seen in patients with HIV). When injected beneath the skin, Sculptra stimulates collagen production, gradually filling in thinning facial features. Scupltra treatments require patience as they can take as long as 1 hour. Also, most patients do not see a noticeable improvement until around 6 weeks. Finally, at least 3 to 6 treatments – each spaced 2 to 3 weeks apart – are recommended for optimal volume enhancement. The advantage of using Scupltra is that while is not a permanent filler, the improvements can last up to 2 years.
Other Lip Augmentation Procedures
Instead of sculpting and augmenting lips with dermal fillers, we can also use fat grafts or Perma Facial Implants™ to enhance the appearance of the lips.
A fat graft fills out your lips with a small portion of fat that is removed from another place on your body, such as your hip. Generally, the results last about as long as a collagen injection, but since the fat comes from your own body, it is less likely to be rejected. After a few injections, the fat may stay in the lips permanently, ending your need for future injections. After treatment, lips will usually be swollen for about a week before shrinking to the desired size.
We also augment lips, as well as other areas of the face, with the Perma Facial Implant. This implant is made of soft, solid silicone that cannot rupture or deflate, and may be removed at any time. It is a permanent, yet reversible, alternative to filler injections, which must be repeated periodically.
We look forward to helping you understand all of your wrinkle treatment and lip augmentation options. Request a complimentary consultation or call our office at (888) 791-1053 . Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas residents trust our practice to help achieve their cosmetic surgery goals.