Dermal Fillers & Injectables

We suspect these past few months have added deeper creases in frown lines across the Midwest. Yet, spring is finally here and with it comes the desire to fix the damage caused by too many hours indoors with dry heat and the scowls that come from driving over too many potholes.

Droopy eyebrows, creases between the brows, the crinkles beside the mouth or in the corner of our eyes and along the forehead: These are all common trouble spots that can make our skin look much older than we feel.

Today, we’ll introduce you to some great non-invasive injectables and fillers on the market that are safe, affordable—and best of all—effective in smoothing facial lines and wrinkles.

Basic Info on Dermal Fillers

First, since most people think of Botox® as the only answer to wrinkle rejuvenation, knowing the difference between an injectable and a filler is important. While they’re both injected via a needle, they have very different core ingredients and achieve different results.

An injectable—think Botox® or Dysport®—is a non-surgical product used to treat what’s known as an “active” facial line. In other words, newer wrinkles that have recently formed. The injectable, made from the neuromuscular botulinum toxin, slows the permanence of these lines by ever-so-slightly “freezing” the muscles below the surface of the skin, restricting the movement of the lines, but not eliminating the ability to react to emotion.

Soft-tissue fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are used to smooth well-established lines and wrinkles. Soft tissue fillers are commonly used in the smile lines that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth, otherwise known as nasolabial folds; and in the wrinkles which form on the upper lip, otherwise known as vertical lip lines. Fillers can be used in other areas too, like lips that have started to thin, or a jawline to create definition.

Both types of products can be used in combination with the other to achieve even more effective results.

Injectable and Dermal Filler Options

The Centre Yourself Medical Rejuvenation Spa offers many injectable and soft-tissue filler products that have long-lasting results. Here’s a closer look at just a few of the more popular:

  • Botox® and Dysport® are most commonly injected into the small muscles between the brows, in the forehead, and at the corner of the eyes cause those specific muscles to halt their function (be paralyzed), thereby improving the appearance of the wrinkles. This paralysis is temporary, and re-injection is necessary within 3 to 6 months.
  • Restylane® is soft-tissue filler that was first introduced in 1996 as the first FDA-approved made of non-animal, stabilized hyaluronic acid. It is long-lasting, though not permanent, with its effects lasting from six to 12 months.
  • Juvéderm® XC is a smooth, gel filler, also that is used to smooth away wrinkles around your mouth and nose. Because the base ingredient is hyaluronic acid, results appear quickly and can last for up to one year.
  • Sculptra® Aesthetic is a long-lasting injectable treatment that provides subtle results over time. Sculptra® replaces lost collagen providing a more natural look. An average of three injection sessions over a few months can last up to two years making Sculptra® more cost effective than other leading injectable treatments.

For more information on dermal fillers and injectables and the many others offered at The Centre Yourself Medical Rejuvenation Spa, give us a call or schedule a consultation to learn more!

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Dr. Downs
Dr. Downs

Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. founded The Centre, P.C. in Elkhart, Indiana in 1992. He is an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Downs is also a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Medical Association, The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, The Rush Surgical Society, and The Indiana State Medical Association where he serves on the board of directors and has served as the president from 2003 to 2004.

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Dr. Viscardi
Dr. Viscardi

Patrick J. Viscardi, M.D. has been part of the surgical team at The Centre, P.C. since 1998. Dr. Viscardi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a summa cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Viscardi completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995.

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