Soft Tissue/Wrinkle Injections
(Restylane®, JUVÉDERM® XC, Juvederm Voluma, Radiesse®, PERLANE®, SCULPTRA®)
Dermal fillers are used to plump up areas of wrinkling or depression to smooth out facial skin. They have been called "liquid facelifts" because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime. Restylane, Juvederm XC, Juvederm Voluma, Radiesse, Perlane and Sculptra are five of the most popular dermal fillers. Typical treatments include smoothing and contouring smile lines or nasolabial folds, wrinkles at the corner of the mouth, lip enhancement and augmentation, acne scars, facial defects or recessions, frown lines, and modest enhancement or correcting asymmetrical features.
Dr. Moran is widely recognized as one of the pre-eminent experts in the area of derma fillers and has written and given talks on the subject extensively.
Before and after
Although they can't help with excess sagging skin, these soft tissue fillers can add more volume and provide immediate results at a lower cost than surgery. These treatments aren't permanent, however, and they must be repeated and maintained.
Juvederm offers a natural look/feel and longer-lasting results than Restylane - up to 18 months or longer - because it offers the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid and a special formulation process. This process creates a smooth gel that flows easily into the skin, creating smooth, natural looks.
Some dermal fillers are used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as injections of botulinum toxin. Your plastic surgeon will assess your needs and recommend one or a combination of treatments to achieve your desired results.
Is a dermal filler right for me?
Filler treatments address many aging concerns, including fine and deep wrinkles, volume loss, facial asymmetry, thin lips, as well as weak chin and cheek bone structure. They have been shown to stimulate your own collagen. They can be used in men and women of all ages.
Where is it performed?
Injections take place in Dr. Moran's office, usually with a small amount of local anesthetic.
What to expect
There is no downtime with dermal fillers. You can resume most activities right away. Remember not to rub the treated area so that the filler material remains undisturbed. You'll likely experience swelling or a bit of bruising, which should fade within a few days.
It's important to realize that dermal fillers are not permanent. Even the semi-permanent variety eventually require re-treatments. The way your face continues to age and how your body absorbs fillers will determine the timing of repeat treatments.
Anesthesia and medication
Topical and local anesthesia can be applied to the skin prior to injection, if necessary.
None. Most patients return to work and most normal activities, including vigorous exercise, the day of the procedure.