Fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for rejuvenating the face. With a simple injection, Dr. Genaro Valladolid can add volume to a patient’s face and/or minimize wrinkles. Valladolid Plastic Surgery offers several types of hyaluronic acid-based fillers, including Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse, to handle a diverse set of requests and ensure that each patient’s face looks as young and fresh as possible.
Some of the reasons that Dr. Valladolid uses facial fillers include:
The fat pads that give cheeks their youthful shape tend to disappear with age. Facial fillers can restore volume and roundness to sunken or gaunt-looking cheeks.
After a filler injection, the tissue plumps up. This tightens and smooths out the skin on top to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and lines. Filler works well with superficial wrinkles as well as deeper-set lines that form like the nasolabial folds (the creases that extend from the bottom edges of the nose to the corners of the mouth) and marionette lines (wrinkles that develop between the mouth and chin.)
Some patients are born with thin lips, while others see their lips thin as they age. Filler can be used to enhance the lips to a plumper size.
The hollowness that appears under the eyes makes a face look tired and older. By filling in the tear troughs, these bags appear less pronounced, and patients look rejuvenated and better rested.
Patients can see a change in their appearance almost immediately after the injection. In the ensuing weeks, the results will gradually improve, with peak results usually coming about a month after the treatment.
Filler typically lasts in the body for six to nine months, though this time span can vary. To maintain the results, it is necessary to return periodically for further injections. Patients who prefer a more permanent solution should discuss plastic surgery with Dr. Valladolid instead.
For best results, Dr. Valladolid encourages patients to drink plenty of water in the weeks to follow the injection. Because hyaluronic acid binds with water, staying hydrated can accelerate and amplify the transformation.
The total price of fillers depends on multiple factors, including the type of filler used, where the filler gets injected and how much filler is necessary. After discussing the patient’s goals during a consultation, Dr. Valladolid provides a cost breakdown so that the patient can make an informed decision.
Although Botox and fillers are often thought of interchangeably because they are both injectables, they serve two separate purposes. While fillers add volume to the face, Botox uses botulinum toxin to freeze the nerve reactors in the face that normally trigger muscle movement. After a Botox injection, the lines (like those that form on the forehead) that are created as a result from muscle movement have a chance to soften and fade.
Generally speaking, Botox and dermal fillers treat separate areas of the face. During a consultation, Dr. Valladolid can discuss which option is most suitable to address the specific concerns of each patient.
Facial fillers are optimal for static wrinkles, which are those that develop over time due to skin laxity and loss of facial volume. These typically appear on the lower half of your face. By providing extra volume to the skin, static lines can be minimized or eliminated.
Dynamic wrinkles, which are the lines that appear on your face when you make certain facial expressions, are better addressed with neuromodulators like Botox. By freezing the muscles, deeper set lines have a chance to vanish from your skin.
With so many varieties of dermal fillers available today, it can be difficult to discern which is the “right” one for you. When you choose an expert injector like Dr. Valladolid, part of the benefit is his nuanced understanding of which kind of filler (and in what amount) can best achieve the cosmetic goals you have requested. During a consultation, he can present you with professional recommendations.
Fortunately, due to the gentle and non-permanent nature of the treatment, most people who want to restore volume to their face are good candidates for dermal fillers. Allergies to fillers are rare since dermal fillers use compounds naturally found in the human body. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are encouraged to postpone filler treatments — not because there are known health risks, but because of a lack of research on any effects that fillers may have on babies.
Fillers with hyaluronic acid are the easiest way to augment the lips, but they are not your only option. Dr. Valladolid also offers fat grafting and implants for patients who want permanent augmentation. Still, fillers are the most popular option because they simultaneously add volume, reduce lines around the lips, and can enhance the cupid’s bow (double curvature on the upper lip). Keep in mind that dermal fillers are just as popular with older woman who have seen their lips thin as they are with younger women who want pouty lips.
Absolutely. Most of Dr. Valladolid’s patients want to make their face look younger, but not at the expense of appearing artificial. The best way to achieve this is with a moderate approach. Dr. Valladolid can start with smaller amounts of filler and add more to achieve your desired results. With many years of experience, Dr. Valladolid understands the art of injection placement and amount to create fuller, smoother facial contours that look realistic.
Lidocaine is a type of local anesthetic. Many brands of filler include it with the gel to minimize the pain from the needle injection. Lidocaine is also beneficial because it reduces bruising so that it is even more difficult for others to notice that you have had a cosmetic treatment in the hours after your injection.
Not all businesses that offer dermal fillers are of equal quality. Even with the same brand of filler, two separate injectors can produce different results. Dr. Valladolid is a skilled professional who not only has a keen eye, but also understands precisely where and how much filler to inject to achieve optimal results. For results that are long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing, put your trust in Dr. Valladolid.
To schedule an appointment at his Scottsdale, Mesa or Phoenix office, please call (480) 770-5015 today.