Facial Fillers in the Minneapolis, MN Area
As we get older, our skin begins to change and show signs of the aging process in the form of – you guessed it – wrinkles. Lines deepen between the mouth and nose, lips thin and cheeks become hollow. These changes are the result of a loss of support structures beneath the skin including elastic tissue, collagen and – surprisingly – fat!
In the past, major surgery was the only effective way to treat volume loss, but today’s approach uses dermal fillers as a safe, non-surgical way to restore lost volume and youthful facial contours.
If you are considering dermal fillers, please choose your treatment provider carefully. At our medical Spa all filler injections are performed by Dr Kamran Afzal and Dr. Alia Sharif, who is board certified in aesthetic medicine. Their artful eye and understanding of how our faces age allows her to customize treatments to your individual needs, ensuring you achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.
What are they?
Dermal fillers are injectable gels made from hyaluronic acid, a substance made from sugar molecules and found naturally in our bodies. At LiposuctionMN medical spa we use Juvéderm® and Restylan®, leading brands of hyaluronic acid fillers that have longstanding track records for safety and for the natural look they provide when expertly injected.
How are they administered and does it hurt?
Dermal fillers are injected under the skin using a fine needle. Commonly treated areas include lips, cheeks, under the eyes and the lines between the nose and mouth. At Metro Vein and Cosmetic Surgery we pre-treat areas to be injected with a topical anesthetic to minimize any discomfort, and some of the fillers we use also contain lidocaine, which makes injections virtually painless.
How long do they last?
The effects from dermal filler injections are immediate and impressive. Improvements resemble a facelift, but without the unnatural pulled appearance surgical facelifts can cause. You’ll sometimes hear dermal filler treatments referred to as a “liquid facelift.” Results can last between six and eighteen months as the product is slowly broken down and absorbed by the body.
What are the side effects?
Side effects can vary from patient to patient but include mild swelling and occasionally bruising, which generally subside within a few days. Touchups are sometimes done after one or two weeks as results settle.
Restylane® and Perlane
Restylane® and Perlane both belong to the Restylane® family. These types of gel fillers consist of hyaluronic acid, which acts like your body’s natural hyaluronic acid to fill facial wrinkles and folds. They can also add fullness to your lips. Restylane® products are approved for use in patients 21 years of age or older.
Restylane® can correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as lines around your nose and the corners of your mouth. Perlane can also treat moderate to severe wrinkles in similar areas.
Juvéderm’s® prime use is removing nasolabial folds, or “smile lines,” creases of skin which run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth. It is also used as a lip-augmentation agent and to fill in hollow places and scars on the face.
What is Juvéderm®?
Juvéderm®, an injectable gel facial filler, is used to soften deep folds and reduce wrinkles in the faces of patients. The substance is largely hyaluronic acid, a substance normally found in the skin, muscles and tendons.
Juvéderm® is a quick, in-office procedure with minimal downtime. During treatment Dr. Sharif will ease Juvéderm© under your skin to smooth out your moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.
You’ll see the difference instantly!
While aging is a part of life, it doesn’t have to negatively affect your lifestyle. Radiesse is designed to add volume to your face, diminishing signs of aging. It works immediately, so you do not have to wait weeks for noticeable results.
Unlike many other types of fillers, Radiesse acts as a scaffold under your skin – providing it with structure and encouraging your body’s natural collagen to grow. For months after an injection, Radiesse continually encourages your body to produce collagen. Many patients note that the effects of Radiesse last for a year or longer!
Radiesse is FDA approved to be used with lidocaine, an anesthetic that can reduce injection-related pain.