Posts Tagged ‘Restylane’

THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT FILLERS!

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Over the last few years’ facial fillers have grown in popularity. This is primarily because they are safer and less invasive than traditional plastic surgery. Even if you are a facial filler virgin, you probably know a few seasoned veterans.  Here are several things you might not know about dermal fillers.

More People Get Filled Than You Think: Fillers are the second most popular cosmetic procedure, with only botulinum toxin procedures like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, surpassing them in popularity.  According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2016, more than 2.5 million filler procedures were performed.

All Fillers Fill, But Some Also Build: There are two main types of fillers: hyaluronic acid (like Belotero, Restylane, Juvederm) and collagen-producing biostimulators (like Radiesse and Bellafill). Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a sugar molecule which is normally found in our skin and bodies; as we age, it begins to dissipate. Fillers can be used for everything from replacing lost volume to smoothing over dynamic lines and tightening the jawline.

All Fillers Are Not Created Equally: FDA-approved HA fillers differ in color, cohesivity, and viscosity. There is no one injectable that is the best. It should be all about what is the best for the patient. One filler which works well in the eyes might not be the best for use in the lips or cheeks; so it is important to find a doctor who is facile with several injectables, so she can choose the appropriate filler with properties which best suit the intended area. (more…)

DO YOUR EAR(RING)S HANG LOW?

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Large EarringsThough our ears are 90% formed by age of 6, they continue to change shape as we age.  As soft tissues relax and the structural support changes, causing them to droop. “Bone recedes with time, so there’s less foundation to hold the skin and cartilage up,” explains board certified NYC Dermatologist Dr. Kally Papantoniou.  Aging, sun damage, and the loss of elasticity and collagen in the skin also contribute to sagging.  “The support is also not there so the ear looks shriveled,” she adds.   When the ear lobes become wrinkled and thinned out typically near the site of a piercing, they “weaken the piercing itself so that earrings are not held firmly in the ear,” causing them to turn downward, rather than stay in place. Dr. Papantoniou often uses dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm or Belotero to aid the structure of the lobe.  “The look is completely natural, and the earrings are held up perfectly afterwards, with hardly any down time.”  Here are some of Dr. Papantoniou’s tips to help protect your lobes from hanging (too) low:

  1. Never sleep with earrings. Even if this does not feel uncomfortable, it could mean 8 hours of an ear being tugged by the earring against a pillow.
  2. Don’t wear heavy earrings every day routinely. Save this for an important event, or limit the amount of time you wear them to few hours.
  3. Don’t forget your sunscreen!  Photodamage is the # 1 aging factor for the ear.
  4. Consider applying some of your retinol cream to the lower part of the ear when you apply to your face.
  5. If you have an over grown scar on the ear, this may be a keloid and it can be treated with either injections or surgical removal, see your dermatologist.

 

THE AGE-OLD QUESTION: YOUR FANNY OR YOUR FACE?

Monday, April 18th, 2016

600full-catherine-deneuve-1When it comes to weight loss, iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve, reportedly said, “After a certain age, you have to choose between your fanny and your face.”  Translation:  a thin face after age 40 can make a woman look tired and older.  “Women who are over 40 and physically fit often find their faces thinning out too,” says Dr. John Zannis, a board certified plastic surgeon in New Bern, North Carolina.  Symptoms include slightly sunken eyes, hollowed out cheeks and a general loss of firmness and elasticity.  “Maintaining a low body mass index (BMI) exacerbates the problem because fat is the very thing that helps plump out lines and wrinkles. At the same time, gravity comes into play, and the elastin and collagen fibers, that allow skin to stretch and spring back, weaken, causing skin to sag.”

Thanks to dermal fillers and fat injections women can achieve a youthful fullness in their faces to match their toned bodies.  Dermal fillers can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles, can improve the appearance of recessed scars, and can be very helpful to address early signs of aging.   For sunken eyes, Dr. Zannis recommends injections of Restylane into the tear troughs under the eyes; for a bony nose, he suggests a “non-surgical nose job” using Juvéderm Ultra XC to plump area where volume has been lost; for harsh-looking cheeks, Dr. Zannis turns to long-lasting volumizing fillers like Juvéderm or Juvéderm Voluma; for nasolabial folds, he restores fullness with Juvéderm. (more…)