What are Restylane® & Juvederm® Fillers?
Restylane® and Juvederm® in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts are both hyaluronic acid based fillers that are used in the face. Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the human body, and does not require any allergy testing.
How do Restylane® & Juvederm® Work?
After being injected below the skin, Restylane® and Juvederm® lift and improve the appearance of wrinkles, hollow areas, and scars. This technique results in a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Where are they used?
Both Restylane® and Juvederm® can be used to add fullness to a large selection of areas on and around the face. These areas include: the cheeks to restore fullness, in the chin and jawline to soften the appearance of wrinkles, in earlobes to plump the lobe, in the nose during a rhinoplasty, in the face to treat marionette lines and wrinkles along the sides of mouth, in the upper and lower eyelids, and more.
Will injections hurt?
There is little to no discomfort associated with these fillers. A numbing medication can be applied topically to the treatment area before treatment. Additionally, there is numbing medication mixed in with both Juvederm® and Restylane® to further eliminate any discomfort.
When should I expect results?
Results from these hyaluronic fillers are immediate, and will improve after any swelling subsides.
Fillers – Patient 128
A woman in her mid 20’s who is bothered by a hollow under her eyes. She is shown before and again, 1 month after the placement of a single syringe of Restylane Lyft to the “tear trough” area, with good correction that should typically last for a year or longer. The “chin down” view emphasizes the hollow area under the eyes. “dark circles” are not typically improved by filler because they represent the muscle just underneath the skin.
Botox & Fillers – Patient 127
A woman in her mid 50’s who had blepharoplasty elsewhere 18 months ago and was still bothered by the appearance around her eyes. On examination she has some brow ptosis from the normal deflation that occurs with aging, and the excess skin around her eyes corrects as the brow is elevated. She also has prominent crow’s feet lines with smiling. Although we could consider a brow lift I thought it would be prudent to try Botox first and see how much shaping of the brows and lateral brow elevation that we might obtain. She also has some deflation of the midface and Juvederm Voluma was placed. She had 45 units of Botox and 2 syringes of Juvederm volume. The effect on her brows was dramatic. Her cheeks appear more youthful as well. Additional Juvederm Voluma could be placed to the cheeks but we plan to wait until she returns to repeat her Botox, typically at 4 months.
Fillers – Patient 127
A woman in her later 40’s who wanted fuller but still natural appearing lips. She is shown before and again, 2 weeks after a single syringe of Juvederm Ultra. Her lip has shape and fullness but is not overly prominent. She does not have “duck lips” or “the trout pout” which my patients do not like. Her friends notice that she looks better but are not sure why.
Botox & Fillers – Patient 126
A woman in her mid 70’s who would like to look a little more rested in her appearance but without surgery. She has prominent “11’s” (corregator lines) of the forehead at rest. Because of age related volume loss the “marionette” lines ( chin-cheek creases) and nasolabial lines (lip cheek creases) are prominent. She is shown before and after Botox to the corrugator muscles and Restylane to the deep “11” lines. The Botox weakens the over active muscles here and the Restylane fills the “ditches” that have formed from this area being creased over and over . This gives her a less stressed look. 2 syringes of Restylane Lyft were placed to her “Marionette” lines and 2 syringes of Restylane Lyft to her nasolabial lines. This gives her a nice improvement that looks better in a natural way.
Botox & Fillers – Patient 125
A woman in her early 60’s who is bothered by an aged appearance and wants to look better, but is not ready to consider surgery. She is bothered by brow asymmetry with her right eyebrow always being higher. Analysis of her face shows a strained appearance in the frown area ( sometimes called the “11’s”), age related volume loss of the midface and jowls, as well as prominent crow’s feet lines around the eyes at rest and with smiling. We decided on a plan of step wise correction. She first had Botox to balance the brows along with Restylane to the deep frown lines and Restylane lyft to the naso labial creases ( sometimes called “the parentheses” ) and chin –cheek lines ( sometimes called “marionette lines” after the lines around a puppets mouth). I then saw her 2 weeks later and placed some Juvederm Voluma to the cheeks. Finally, she returned for Restylane lyft to the “chin notch” and groove in front of the jowls.
She is pleased by her improvement which is natural in appearance. Friends ask her “if she has had her hair done”. This is one of my greatest compliments, because it means that others notice that she looks better but because it is natural, are not sure why, so they attribute the improvement to a new hair style.
How long do results last?
Restylane® and Juvederm® injections will last four to six months.
What should I expect during recovery?
Downtime required varies on the areas treated, and will be determined during your consultation with Dr. Hall. Different areas of the face will have different reactions, such as bruising or swelling. However, these reactions are commonly covered with makeup after treatment. It is advised that the injection area not be massaged, rubbed, or irritated for at least one week. Bending, straining, and lifting should be avoided, and patients should sleep with their head elevated for optimal results.
Dr. Hall demonstrating a Juvederm Ultra injection at a recent Allergan Master Class for Injectables in Boston.