What are face fillers?
Filler injections are used to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and folds in the face, create gorgeous plump lips (lip fillers, aka, lip augmentation or lip enhancement), as well as to restore the cheek volume lost over time. The loss of cheek & face volume over time is one of the major signs of aging. This procedure is often called a “liquid facelift.” Other uses include improving the appearance of the nose, chin and jawline to give you that popular “snatched jawline” you dream of. Sometimes these filler injection treatments are called, ”liquid nose job,” “liquid rhinoplasty,” “liquid chin augmentation,” jawline contouring, contouring the face, softening the appearance of depressed scars, and restoring firmness to the earlobes.
Are there different types of dermal fillers?
Yes. The most popular dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar found naturally in the body. It is one of the main substances that makes skin plump and firm. There are different formulations of hyaluronic acid (Juvederm®, Vollure®, Volbella®, Voluma®, Volux, each with their special properties and indications. We use the Juvederm Brand of fillers.
Juvederm®/Juvederm Ultra®/Juvederm Ultra Plus®/Juvederm Vollure®—great for softening the nasolabial folds (the folds running from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth), contouring the face, and plumping the lips.
Juvederm Volbella®—best for fine lines, but also for lip augmentation and softening the circles under the eyes
Juvederm Voluma®—amazing for restoring the youthful fullness (the “apple”) of the cheeks.
Juvederm Volux is a newer filler that helps restore a more youthful jawline contour. It is a robust filler that really helps our doctors create that “snatched jawline” look. Juvederm Skinvive is yet another new addition. Skinvive gives patients that “dewy glow” they crave. The skinvive skin booster treatment lasts about 6 months.
Many times a combination of dermal fillers–layering them–gives the ultimate result! (Juvederm/Vollure® and Volbella® for lip augmentation, Voluma® and Volbella ®for the circles/bags under the eyes). Sometimes this is used alone or incombination with treatments like Morpheus8 ellacor micro coring skin tightening, face tite by InMode, or chemical peels. This process of using fillers and non-surgical skin tightening in the face can be referred to as a “liquid face lift.”
Having been a clinical investigator studying Juvederm® for Allergan® (think Botox®, Coolsculpting®, Natrelle® breast implants etc.), you can count on getting the expert guidance you need to obtain wonderful results! We are a WV top provider for Botox® fillers & breast implants, so named by Allergan, the maker of these aesthetic industry products.
Are the results of face fillers permanent?
Although long lasting, no hyaluronic acid dermal filler is permanent. Depending on the type used and the location placed, you may need touch up filler injections anywhere from several months to a year or more. For some uses, such as lip augmentation, repeat treatment may be needed sooner.
What facial filler injections can’t do:
Although dermal fillers can provide amazing facial rejuvenation, there comes a time when more is needed. When the skin and soft tissues of the face loosen and sag, sometimes a face lift is needed. That’s where our expertise comes in to your advantage. As a board certified plastic surgeon, unlike other types of injectors, Dr. Thaxton has the ability to know and tell you when you might require more than a filler. We have the training and skill to safely perform facelifts. We have state of the art devices to achieve skin tightening without surgery. We liken it to “when you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” We can tell you if you won’t get an optimal result from filler, because we have facelifts in our plastic surgery toolbox. Many of our patients don’t want a facelift though, and that’s ok, too. The choice is always yours, and we are happy to provide what ever services align with your goals, and you can trust that we will give you all of your options.
You can watch a video of one of Dr. Thaxton’s actual filler patients. To talk about your face & see what facial fillers can do for you, call us (304)925-8949 or contact us!