Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Overview
Injectable wrinkle fillers (or dermal fillers) are often used to replenish lost facial volume. The face can lack volume for a number of reasons, but weight loss and age are commonly to blame. This treatment works by injecting the filler under the surface of the skin to fill in the areas that appear sunken or hollow. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are a promising, nonsurgical option for Langhorne, PA women and men wanting to smooth fine lines and wrinkles while lifting sagging skin for a more youthful appearance. Injectable dermal fillers can also be used to increase volume in the cheeks and lips. There are many different types of fillers, including Juvéderm® and Restylane®, that can help meet your goals and expectations. To decide which injectable fillers are recommended for you, we invite you to visit Cosmetic Surgery Specialists in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA for a consultation with Dr. Alan Brackup, a double board-certified cosmetic surgeon and ophthalmologist with training in oculofacial plastic surgery.
"My search was over after being referred to Dr. Brackup!!!. My son's wedding was coming up in August, 2016. My eyes were horrible .When I smiled you saw know eye's. I met one surgeon that was scared to remove the lower bags. How would that look? Didn't make sense. With Time running out by chance I when to a new hairdresser, that had her eyes done and look beautiful. Even though Dr. had a busy schedule,he made it a point to fit me in for June 28th. I was assured my eye's would look beautiful by August 20th. Dr. Brackup was right. I had Upper and lower procedures done. Dr. sculpted my eyes to compliment my high cheek bones. They are beautiful. At 60 years old I look twenty years younger!! Dr. Brackup and his entire staff were kind and honestly the best experience I ever had. He is gifted with hands of gold. He only works from the neck up and is a oculoplastic surgeon. My confident's is through the roof. I walk with my head high for the first time in a very long time. Thank you, Dr. Brackup for setting this butterfly free!! Before pictures click on Rosemarie P. Thanks"- R.P. / Yelp / Apr 06, 2017
"I have used Dr. Brackup for two procedures. About 4 years ago I had my eyes done, both upper and lower lids. He did an amazing job. 5 weeks ago I had a facelift. I can't praise Dr. Brackup enough for the job he did. Not only is he an EXCELLENT doctor, he is an extremely nice and caring man. Also, his entire staff is amazing."- E.K. / Google / Feb 28, 2020
"The most amazing doctor and staff! Under eye lift and mini facelift. 1 week post up not even one blue spot . Highly recommend!!"- G.K. / Google / Feb 16, 2020
"I am in love with Doctor Brackup and entire staff. I own Vision center and many times when patient needed blepharoplasty or eyeLid surgery we would refer to Doctor Brackup. End every one we're very happy with results. So one day I was looking at my pictures and realized that I don't look like myself anymore because of amount off fillers I got . When I spoke with doctor I knew I made a right decision. He created plan to dissolve all my fillers and made appointment for mini facelift and lowered Eyelied surgery. And the result is amazing. I was back at work in 3 days no one even noticed anything different. I look like myself but 15 years younger. Doctor Brackup is the miracle maker."- G.K. / Yelp / Feb 05, 2020
"A face lift is costly surgery, but Dr. Brackup is an expert and an artist, and he was worth every penny spent for his October 2019 work. He and his assistant Stacy prepared me well for the pain and slow recovery to come--though neither was as bad as they could have been. I followed up the surgery about six weeks later with injections to address forehead lines, crow's feet and some other areas not touched by the surgery. Recently, one work colleague--unaware of the surgery--stood at my desk for several minutes raving over how healthy, younger and happy I look. Another colleague stopped me on a staircase to praise my rejuvenated appearance. More important, I feel better. Moving forward in my sixties, I know I have taken what steps I could to reduce the effects of aging on my face, and bring my appearance more in line with the physically fit and trim person I long have been. There is the ongoing cost of injections, alas. But unquestionably, I feel quite fortunate to have met Dr. Brackup!"- A.S. / Yelp / Jan 29, 2020
Juvéderm® Vollure™ and XC
One of the most popular injectable dermal fillers, Juvéderm Vollure and XC, treats moderate to severe lines and wrinkles on the face. Vollure and XC are proven to be safe, effective, and provides results that can last up to one year. Vollure and XC are made with hyaluronic acid, which stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin in the skin for long-term benefits.
Juvéderm Volbella® XC
One of the newest products in the Juvéderm family of injectable fillers, Volbella XC restores volume to the lips. Using the safe VYCROSS® filler technology found in most Allergan™ products, Volbella adds temporary volume to the upper and lower lips for a full appearance with fewer lines and wrinkles in and around the lips.
Juvéderm Voluma® and Ultra XC
The Juvéderm family of injectables includes Voluma XC and Ultra XC, which are specifically made to restore volume to the cheeks and lips. The hyaluronic-acid based gel in Voluma and Ultra XC can be safely injected into the apples of the cheeks and the lips for temporary lift and fullness that also eliminates many of the fine lines and wrinkles in nearby areas.
Restylane® Lyft and Silk
Restylane Lyft and Restylane Silk are used to temporarily plump the skin. Both Restylane Lyft and Silk have a hyaluronic acid-based gel that can be used in several areas of the face, including the lips and cheeks, to add youthful volume while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Restylane® Defyne and Refyne
Two of the newest formulas from the popular Restylane family of hyaluronic acid fillers, Defyne and Refyne, treat early signs of aging. Using XpresHAn Technology™, the flexible gel formula of flexible Defyne and Refyne are designed to treat moderate to deep wrinkles, like laugh lines, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines for a refreshed, natural-looking appearance.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers During/After the Procedure
Injectable fillers are performed in our office with the use of local anesthetic creams if necessary. Causing minimal discomfort, you will only feel a prick from the injection. The substance will be injected gradually in layers to ensure your results are even and look natural. Sometimes it may take more than one full syringe depending on how much volume or lift is needed. You may have some swelling, bruising, or redness in the treated area(s), but this usually subsides after a few days. You should be able to return to a normal routine a few hours after treatment.
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Injectable Filler FAQs
How Safe Is It?
All dermal fillers are FDA approved, meaning they have passed comprehensive testing to prove that the product is safe and effective to use. The majority of fillers are made with a natural substance so if the result is not as the patient desired, the good advantage is that the filler, at some point, will be reabsorbed by the body and the results are temporary.
Do I Need Reinjection?
You will need to get more injections if you want to sustain your results. Hyaluronic acid fillers are absorbed by the body in an average of 6 – 12 months. When this happens, there will be a loss of volume similar to the condition prior to treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Brackup will discuss how often you should schedule appointments for maintenance injections.
Is BOTOX Better?
While BOTOX is very popular, whether it is better than an injectable filler depends on your needs and goals. BOTOX is a wrinkle relaxer, which stops facial muscles from contracting and creating dynamic wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid fillers work best to correct static wrinkles and to add volume. Today, many patients combine a wrinkle relaxer, like BOTOX, with an injectable filler. Some include other treatments such as chemical peels and laser treatments, which essentially provides the patient with a “liquid facelift.”