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Facial Fillers Defined

Radiesse®, Xeomin® and Belotero® are three examples of the newest technology in wrinkle treatments and facial enhancement without surgery.

Radiesse® Volumizing Filler

Natural collagen is what gives skin a smooth supple, youthful appearance. As you age, natural collagen breaks down, resulting in wrinkles and loss of face volume. The FDA Approved Radiesse is a Volumizing filler and an ideal choice because in addition to providing immediate volume correction, it also stimulates production of your own collagen.

This calcium-based dermal filler can be injected into the laugh lines (naso-labial fold) that stretch from your nose to the side of your mouth. Filler can also be used in the Marionette lines, corners of the mouth, chin wrinkle, and pre-jowel, yielding a healthier and more vital appearance. One of the main benefits of a calcium based filler is its incredible lifting capacity. The immediate results can be expected to last a year in most patients.

Belotero Balance®

Image: Aquamid filler at The Beauty & Wellness CenterShow your personality, not your age! Belotero Balance injectable gel is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that helps smooth moderate to severe etched in lines and wrinkles, for a natural finished look.

Only Belotero Balance is created using the cohesive polydensified matrix (CPM) process. With this proprietary technology, Belotero Balance injectable gel evenly and completely blends into your skin, providing a natural look while maintaining normal movement and facial expressions. Common areas for treatment include; nasolabial folds, vertical lip lines, corner lines, smile lines, chin wrinkle.

Xeomin®

Xeomin® is a botulinum toxin which has a different and less immunogenic molecular structure from Botox® so it is less likely than Botox® to cause any type of allergic or irritation reaction. Otherwise it is functionally the same as Botox®. We use Xeomin® for our patients who prefer an injected neuromodulator for treatment of the frown lines and expression lines around the brow and eyes.

Facial Filler Risks

Unlike collagen injections, these second and third generation fillers are not based on animal extracts and have no risk of allergic reactions. Patients that are not candidates for fillers are those with recurrent herpes (cold sores), active herpes (cold sores), insulin-dependent (type 1), pregnancy,and many systemic diseases, as well as those that are on anti-coagulants.

Facial Filler Facts

  • Hyaluronic acid-based soft tissue fillers were the fifth most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States in 2004. Nearly 900,000 treatments were performed.
  • The majority of patients receiving soft tissue fillers in 2004 were between the ages of 35 and 50.
  • There were nearly 100,000 autologous fat transfer soft tissue operations performed in 2004.
  • When combined, collagen and hyaluronic acid procedures amounted to 14% of all plastic surgery procedures in the United States in 2004.
  • Calcium and volumizing fillers are on the rise.