Collagen is the protein responsible for keeping our skin looking firm. When collagen begins to break down, our skin loses its elasticity and begins showing signs of aging, including wrinkles and lines. At Bellaire Facial, Oral & Dental Implant Surgery, we offer several solutions for patients looking to restore a youthful appearance. Dermal fillers, such as RADIESSE and JUVÉDERM are popular for combatting the effects that age, lifestyle, environment, and stress have on the skin.
When the skin loses its firm and full appearance, the injectable gel filler RADIESSE can be used to plump the skin back up. A RADIESSE injection can immediately smooth out severe lines and wrinkles. Over time, the gel from the injection also stimulates the body’s natural collagen production, meaning a single injection can provide you with long-lasting results. Your body will naturally absorb RADIESSE, giving it the potential to last up to a year.
RADIESSE is most commonly used to treat wrinkles and lines in the jawline, jowls, cheeks, and around the mouth. Dr. Iero will inject the RADIESSE directly into the dermal layer with a small needed. In some cases, local anesthesia may be used to numb the injection area to ensure you don’t experience any discomfort during the procedure. You will notice the effects of RADIESSE almost instantly, though it’s possible some side effects, such as bruising, swelling, or redness may occur — these typically resolve within a few days.
Similar to RADIESSE, JUVÉDERM is an injectable dermal filler used to soften the appearance and get rid of moderate to severe facial wrinkles. JUVÉDERM is composed of a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance already in the skin with the ability to attract and hold moisture in. JUVÉDERM is an ideal method for treating smile lines (nasolabial folds), but Dr. Iero also uses it for lip augmentations. The high concentration of hyaluronic acid gives the lips a full appearance while also addressing any wrinkles or creases.
Much like RADIESSE, you will likely see immediate results with JUVÉDERM. The procedure is quick and easy, with Dr. Iero injecting the filler using a small needle. Around six months after your injection, your body will naturally absorb the filler.