Collagen & Fillers
Skin Care offered to patients in Alexandria, Arlington, Springfield, Fairfax, Virginia & Washington DC
As we age, Mother Nature tends to remind us that we have spent too much time in the sun and that gravity hasn't always been our friend. We laugh, smile, frown, squint and chew. Wrinkles and lines, sun damage, sagging muscles – all combine to give our faces that aged look. Many people find that this look is one they would like to change aesthetically.
That's where the skin care skills and experience of the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery and Virginia facial rejuvenation expert, Dr. Desman come in. By using a number of injectable fillers, Dr. Desman is able to help smooth the wrinkles that time, age, and weather have given you. These fillers are long lasting, non-surgical, and have immediate results. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm are just two of many fillers in this category. Hyaluronic acid is a non-animal based and naturally occurring substance in the connective tissue and skin.
Dr. Desman also uses Restylane to smooth away wrinkles and lines on your face. Made in Sweden, Restylane is a crystal-clear, biodegradable gel based on a natural substance, called hyaluronic acid. The gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts using a very fine needle. The results can be seen immediately. Restylane creates a long-lasting, natural look that is gentle and safe on your skin. It works as a filler for wrinkles in the nasolabial folds and crows feet. The effects of Restylane last up to six months.
Juvederm, another injectable filler that uses hyaluronic acid, has the added benefit of being able to stimulate collagen production in the skin where it is injected. Juvederm is used to fill hollow places beneath the eyes, to fill nasolabial folds, and to fill acne scars. It has the highest amount of hyaluronic acid of all the fillers, and lasts up to twelve months or more.
Radiesse has a proven record as one of the longest lasting injectable fillers. It can last up to two years, and reduces wrinkles, folds, and areas of the face that look sunken. Areas of the face Radiesse works well on include marionette lines, nasolabial folds, glabellar lines, and frown lines in the forehead. Radiesse can also be used to augment the cheeks and give you the appearance of pronounced cheekbones.
ArteFill is still a relatively new product, introduced for use in the U.S. in late 2006. Due to the nature of this injectable, as well as its newness, one of the exciting, but unknown things, is how long ArteFill lasts. However, there is the promise that once it is injected, it may permanently eliminate wrinkles. One study showed that the filler had not diminished at all after six months of use.
Artefill is a composite material made from bovine collagen and a small amount of polymethylmethacrylate microspheres (PMMA). It initially acts like any other filler when it is injected, but after absorbing the collagen, your body is left with PMMA, which your tissue then fills to create a wrinkle-free area.
With all non-surgical injectable fillers, the results are immediate with little to no downtime. If you feel injectable fillers are right for you, or if you have any questions about them, please contact Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery. We serve the area of Alexandria, Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Call 571-281-4341 to schedule your consultation or to set up a telephone consultation.
Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality cosmetic surgery care in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region. Dr. Desman is committed to serving you through advanced training, dedication to perfection and unmatched personal care.