Uploaded on Feb 4, 2011
What are fillers used to treat?
This depends somewhat on the filler, but the broad answer is lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to plump and define lips and fill hollow areas on the face. Here are some of the areas where they work best:
lines from the nose to the mouth (nasolabial fold)
lines from the mouth to the chin (melomental fold)
lines above the upper lip
frown lines (best combined with Botox Cosmetic)
in the lips for volume and definition
to restore volume to cheekbones or cheeks
in some situations, under the eyes
to fill out the backs of the hands and make veins look less prominent
What are Restylane and Juvederm?
Restylane (Medicis) and Juvederm (Allergan) are sterile gels consisting of non-animal, cross-linked, hyaluronic acid (HA) and are made in a laboratory. HA is a natural sugar found in skin. They contain no human or animal DNA and have the best safety profile of all the fillers currently on the market. These products are FDA approved for use in the nasolabial fold and are used "off-label" in other areas. Juvederm causes less puffiness for the first few days after a treatment. In my opinion, it is also slightly smoother.
Here's a full Juvederm 3 lip filler treatment performed by Tracey Bell in our Liverpool clinic.
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