About Injectable Dermal Fillers (Juvéderm®, Voluma®, Restylane®)
Juvéderm®, Voluma® and Restylane® are similar injectable dermal fillers offered by two leading pharmaceutical companies, Allergan and Medicis. They are used as fillers for the temporary reduction of deep facial wrinkles and folds, and the addition of volume and fullness to the skin. These clear injectable gels are made of hyaluronic acid, the most commonly used dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally found in the body. It breaks down into water and is absorbed over time. Hyaluronic acid does not require any allergy testing because it is not derived from an animal source. When injected into the skin, Juvéderm®, Voluma® and Restylane® act like an inflated cushion under the skin to restore volume, structure and support of the facial tissue. They also attract water molecules closer to the skin’s surface, giving the skin a softer and suppler appearance.
Recommended Use: Juvéderm® XC and Restylane® smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth. These fillers can also be used to add volume and fullness to the lips. The results are instant and can last for up to one year. Voluma® adds volume to your cheek area to correct age-related volume loss in adults, giving you a contour and subtle lift. The results are immediate and can last for up to two years. Cost: -Juvederm 1 ml (1st syringe) $550 -Juvederm 1 ml (additional syringes) $500 -Juvederm .5 ml (small syringe) $300 -Voluma 1 ml (1st syringe) $1,100 -Voluma 1 ml (additional syringes) $1,000 -Restylane 1 ml (1st syringe) $550 -Restylane 1 ml (additional syringes) $500 -Restylane .5 ml (small syringe) $300
Treatment and Results
Dermal fillers are injected into the treatment area with an extremely fine needle. To minimize discomfort, a topical numbing ointment is applied to ensure your treatment is as easy and stress-free as possible. All injectable fillers have lidocaine in the gel; as the product is injected, the area will become anesthetized. It is normal to experience redness and swelling at the injection site for 24-48 hours after your treatment. If there is any sign of redness or bruising, we ask that you stay out of the sun and refrain from exercising until all symptoms have resolved. To reduce the risk of bruising, avoid blood-thinning medications the week prior to your treatment, and stay well hydrated the day prior to your appointment. Most patients will see the effects of their treatment immediately and the results can last 6-24 months, depending on the injection site and amount of product used. Touch-up sized syringes are available and can help increase the longevity of your results. Dr. Waldrop and his staff will help educate you on the difference between the three products and give you an estimate of how many syringes you will need to obtain optimal correction at your consultation. No matter which injectable product you use, it is important that these procedures be performed by a trained professional to achieve the best possible result. All injectable procedures are performed by Dr. Waldrop in the safety of a medical environment. Dr. Waldrop uses only the safest, FDA-approved products.