Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers Northern Virginia

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 Juvéderm® is 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.

Juvéderm®, 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. Juvéderm® 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.

JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is the newest FDA-approved filler in the JUVÉDERM® family used to smooth those fine lines around lips from aging, smoking, sun damage. (Think: “Magic eraser, recreate volume loss”). Most of Dr. Desman’s patients need one syringe, which provides results noticeable as long as a year! Hint: Even better when used together with JUVÉDERM® to plump and fill the lips.

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler in the JUVÉDERM® family used to give volume back in the cheek area for up to two years by helping lift and contour the face. Most of Dr. Desman’s patients find that using at least 2-3 syringes minimum will provide a desirable result, while some patient may require more, depending on their volume loss.

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.

JUVÉDERM® VOLLURE XC is ideal for smoothing moderate to deep wrinkles around the mouth, including parentheses and marionette lines. Allergan, the maker of JUVÉDERM, has invented a technology called VYCROSS®, which cross-links the particles of hyaluronic acid in VOLLURE. Thanks to this cross-linking, VOLLURE can create longer-lasting results than other fillers – up to 18 months for many people. 

Northern Virginia Dermal Fillers FAQ

The primary distinction between dermal fillers like members of the Juvéderm family and botulinum toxins like Botox is that Botox and its sister product, Dysport, primarily treat dynamic wrinkles that form from habitual expressions like frowning and squinting. In contrast, fillers can help resolve static wrinkles like the “parentheses lines” and “marionette lines” that form around the mouth, as well as those in the mid-face and on your neck.

Fillers also work differently from neuromodulators in that they add volume, erase wrinkles, and promote collagen growth in necessary places, whereas Botox and Dysport temporarily paralyze the muscles that cause lines to form. Over time, the muscle relaxation softens wrinkles and prevents new ones from forming.

Dermal filler pricing depends on the number of units required to produce the desired effect. After meeting with you and evaluating your goals, Dr. Desman can recommend a customized treatment plan that includes an accurate estimate of the final price you can expect to pay.

Fillers formulated with hyaluronic acid will eventually break down in your body, depending on various lifestyle factors and how fast your metabolism works. Despite this, fillers have long-lasting formulas and can continue to improve your appearance for a year or longer in many cases. If you see the effects starting to wear off sooner than you anticipated, you can always schedule a follow-up appointment for a refresher treatment.

When you choose an expert provider to perform your injections, you should feel nothing but satisfied after your treatment. However, if you change your mind after seeing your results, rest assured that an application of a molecule called hyaluronidase can quickly dissolve the fillers, returning you to your previous appearance.

The side effects of dermal fillers are generally mild and include bruising, redness, skin sensitivity, and swelling, which usually resolve on their own after a couple of days. You can use at-home remedies like ice packs to accelerate healing and cover any bruises with makeup.

Most of our patients report little to no discomfort from the injections, due to the skill of our injectors and the fineness of the needle used to perform them. Formulations in the Juvéderm family also include an anesthetic called lidocaine to numb the skin. If you’re worried about pain, ask us about a topical numbing cream.

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.

Call (703) 924-3144 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.

We are confident you will not be disappointed!

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