Dermal Fillers in the Treatment of Facial Aging

Among the classic signs of facial aging are laxity and drooping of the skin and loss of volume. These are manifest in such ways as jowling, creases around the lips (nasolabial folds, marionette lines), contour depressions and hollowing below the eyes and of the cheeks. Reversing or reducing these changes can result in a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance and can be most thoroughly accomplished with plastic surgery through a combination of surgical tightening and repositioning (facelift, blepharoplasty, forehead lift) and volume restoration (dermal fillers, fat injections).

Many people are either don’t want or are not ready for a surgical approach or just plain can’t afford it. Instead, they would rather seek improvements through dermal fillers such as Juvederm®, Restylane®, Perlane® and Radiesse®. These are not a substitute for surgery but they can provide improvements in appearance with little to no down time – and for a fraction of the price of surgery for a given treatment.

Where can they be used?

Basically anywhere that there is a crease, fold, congenital or acquired volume deficiency or need for contour improvement.

The folds around the mouth (nasolabial folds, labiomental grooves and marionette lines) are typically the most common areas requested to be treated. Hollows under the eyes and of the cheeks can also benefit from these volume fillers as can deep ones of the temples. Chins and cheekbones that are deficient in projection can show stunning improvements. Sculpting of the brows, jaw line and even the nose can also be facilitated by these agents.

Each patient has her/his own unique needs, goals, and tissue characteristics which must be factored in for the most effective and desirable treatment. It has always been my philosophy that every one of my patients seeking rejuvenation with dermal fillers is treated in this fashion. As a consequence, I will even individualize the particular dermal filler(s) employed in treatment and this can include two or more different ones (because of different characteristics of each one). The dermal fillers that I offer include Juvederm® Ultra XC and Juvederm® Ultra Plus XC, Restylane®, Perlane® and Radiesse®. These can also be used together with Botox®.

Before facial fillers

After injection of facial fillers

If you want to look better and are not ready for or don’t want surgery, consider dermal fillers to help provide you with a more refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. And, there is minimal down time!

For more information on dermal fillers including Juvederm®, Restylane®, Perlane® or Radiesse®, please call my office at 480-451-3000. You can also schedule a complimentary consultation with me at that time.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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