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Dermal Filler Overview: Radiesse, Juvederm, and Restylane

While facial plastic surgery can greatly enhance your looks, there is another option out there that is extremely effective and involves no incisions whatsoever. That option is the use of cosmetic injections, which can really make a world of difference.

The team at our Santa Barbara plastic surgery center knows that you probably have a lot of questions about cosmetic injections and how they can benefit you. We’ll be more than happy to address all of your concerns about cosmetic injections in greater detail during your consultation.

About Cosmetic Injections

Cosmetic injections refer to the use of special solutions injected directly into the skin in order to reduce wrinkles and reverse signs of aging. There are many different kinds of cosmetic injections out there, and when you meet with a skilled cosmetic surgeon in Santa Barbara, the best one for your needs can be determined.

Are dermal filler injections the same as BOTOX injections?

No. Dermal fillers are a completely different class of cosmetic injections than BOTOX cosmetic injections. BOTOX injections will halt muscle contractions in the injection site whereas dermal fillers will add volume to injections sites to reduce wrinkles and lines.

Below we’ll look at three common and popular dermal fillers.

About Restylane Injections

Restylane is a dermal filler that is composed of hyaluronic acid gel. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally occurs in the body, which means that allergic reactions to Restylane are very rare. The results of Restylane treatment last roughly six months.  Restylane is usually our filler of choice for around the eyes.

About Radiesse Injections

Radiesse is a dermal filler that is composed of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a gel. Radiesse is ideal for facial lipotrophy, a condition in which the fat in the face wastes away and leaves a person’s appearance gaunt or skeletal.

Radiesse actually functions in a different way than other cosmetic dermal filler injections. For the first few months, Radiesse works just like a normal dermal filler. After that period, the microspheres will trigger the growth of natural collagen in the injection site, allowing the effects to last up to two years.

About Juvederm Injections

Juvederm is a dermal filler that is comprised of hyaluronic acid, though the concentration of the hyaluronic acid is higher than that of Restylane. The effects of Juvederm treatment generally last around seven or eight months.

Weighing All of Your Treatment Options

All of the above dermal fillers can work wonders for your appearance, but you do have many options to consider. Sometimes it may actually be to the benefit of the patient to undergo a Santa Barbara facelift, fat injections, or facial implant rather than undergo multiple dermal filler treatments. We can discuss all of your aesthetic goals and figure out the best treatment for you when you stop by for a visit.

Learn More About Your Options for Facial Rejuvenation

If you would like to learn more about all of your options for facial rejuvenation and aesthetic enhancement, be sure to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara today. By discussing all of your options for treatment, an effective course of action can be taken to enhance your overall appearance and leave you looking your absolute best.

Douglas J. Mackenzie, MD

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