The most recent advances in facial rejuvenation have shifted away from simply removing sagging skin and wrinkles. The contemporary approach now focuses on restoring facial volume and youthful facial contours, which are lost due to the age-related thinning of the facial bones, facial muscles, and even facial fat.
This loss of tissue or "facial atrophy" that occurs with aging effectively diminishes the structures that serve as our skin's scaffolding, and results in exaggerated sagging and wrinkling of the face. This is especially noticeable at the temples, lower cheeks, eyelids, and nasolabial folds (smile lines). Even the corners of the mouth tend to droop with age. Overactive facial muscles can further exaggerate wrinkles by etching the overlying skin through repeated creasing.
How They Work
Restylane and Restylane Lyft are based on hyaluronic acid, a sugar compound that is naturally produced in our younger bodies. As we age, the production of HA slows and we begin to notice the effects in the way of aching, tight joints, dry eyes, and loose skin. These versatile HA dermal fillers may be used to restore lost volume in the temples, cheeks, and lips, but may also be considered as treatment for under-eye hollowing.
The newest members of this product family are Restylane Refyne and Defyne. Refyne utilizes proprietary XpresHAn Technology™ to smooth nasolabial folds (from nose to corners of the mouth), and marionette lines. The effect is soft and natural, allowing normal facial expressions. Defyne’s innovative cross-linked HA technology is ideal for deeper laugh lines.
Another Hyaluronic acid filler, JUVÉDERM XC is often used to smooth away lines and wrinkles that have formed around the mouth and nose. In just one treatment session, taking only a few minutes, naturally beautiful results that last up to a year can be achieved. What is different about JUVÉDERM XC is its HYLACROSS technology, which leads to an ultra-smooth consistency. This filler solution also contains lidocaine for the most comfortable treatment experience.
The JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC hyaluronic acid filler is special in its design. The first filler to gain FDA approval specifically for addressing volume loss in the cheeks, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC is an excellent solution for the loss of volume that naturally occurs with time.
Dermal fillers, in conjunction with BOTOX or Dysport, can be administered in specific areas to create local correction of contours, or can be used together to create a "liquid facelift." These anti-aging procedures can be completed in our comfortable Mountain View, CA dermatology practice in just about half an hour. All of them are minimally invasive and virtually painless, and require little to no downtime.
What To Expect
Dermal fillers are administered by Dr. Menkes, Dr. Soohoo or Dr. Wang and injecting the solution into the desired area using a fine gauge needle. You may experience minor swelling, redness, and bruising after the procedure that usually resolves itself within a few days to a week.
Restylane, Juvéderm XC, and Juvéderm Voluma XC Benefits
- Non-surgical, non-invasive treatment
- Quick, 30-minute procedure
- No additional anesthetic required
- Minimal discomfort and little downtime