Forever Young!?

When I was a kid, my parents’ friends asked me: “How old are you?”

Isn’t it strange that this question I have to answer when I am аt the doctor’s?

Nobody asked me: “How YOUNG are you?”

Nobody wants to get older, or look older!

Thanks God many years ago a genius doctor decided to do a face lift. Women were raving! Аt last forever young!

Not yet.

Even after face-lift surgery in 10-20 years we do not look young.

Time passed and a new technology was invented – liquid face-lift, which uses injectables known as dermal fillers.

Everybody heard about Botox, which helps to plump up and relax facial lines and wrinkles. Botox blocks the nerve impulses that cause muscle contractions. When injected into specific areas, it effectively relaxes the muscles that are responsible for making certain facial expressions; these repeated facial expressions contribute to the breakdown of collagen in certain areas, leading to deep creases and expression lines.

But what makes us look older?

Is it lines and wrinkles? Discoloration? Sagging skin?

Yes, it is a combination of all of these factors, but there is one major underlying cause that contributes to the sagging, lines, and wrinkles—a loss of fullness. So, loss of fullness is primarily responsible for aging our faces.

And here we are. We have facial fillers that make substantial contributions to our “loses” – liquid face-lift with dermal fillers.

A liquid face lift is the lifting, plumping, filling, smoothing, and/or re-contouring of the face through the use of injectable dermal fillers, such as Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Juvederm, etc. These products are produced in different ways using different materials, and their specific applications vary too. As part of the overall procedure, these products are often used in conjunction with each other and in addition to Botox.

With all the dermal fillers on the market, it can be quite confusing to determine which should be used when. Make your choice wisely with the professional, otherwise you will have a “Wax Museum” look like some celebrities. (Don’t want to offend anybody).

Today we have the 5th Generation of facial fillers.

Below is the table of FDA approved dermal fillers for the last 8 years that exit on our market:

Trade Name (with link to additional information) Material Applicant Decision Date Approved For
JUVEDERM VOLLURE XC Hyaluronic Acid Allergan 3/17/17 Injection into the mid to deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds) in adults over the age of 21.
JUVEDERM VOLBELLA XC

 

Hyaluronic  AND Acid with Lidocaine Allergan 5/31/16 Injection into the lips for lip augmentation and for correction of perioral rhytids in adults over the age of 21.
RESTYLANE LYFT WITH LIDOCAINE Hylauronic acid with lidocaine Galderma Laboratories 7/1/15 Moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles or in patients over the age of 21 who have age-related volume loss.
RADIESSE Hydroxylapatite Bioform Medical, Inc. 6/4/15 Subdermal implantation for hand augmentation to correct volume loss in the dorsum of the hands.
RESTYLANE SILK Hyaluronic Acid with Lidocaine Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC/Medicis 6/13/14 Indicated for lip augmentation and dermal implantation for correction of perioral rhytids (wrinkles around the lips) in patients over the age of 21.
JUVEDERM VOLUMA XC Hyaluronic Acid with Lidocaine Allergan 10/22/13 Deep (subcutaneous and/or supraperiosteal) injection for cheek augmentation to correct age-related volume deficit in the mid-face in adults over the age of 21.
RESTYLANE-L INJECTABLE GEL Hyaluronic Acid with Lidocaine Medicis Aesthetics Holdings, Inc. 8/30/12 Injection into the mid to deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles/folds (such as nasolabial folds) and for lip augmentation in those over the age of 21 years.
BELOTERO BALANCE Hyaluronic Acid Merz Pharmaceuticals 11/14/11 Injection into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds).
RESTYLANE INJECTABLE GEL Hyaluronic Acid Medicis Aesthetics Holdings, Inc 10/11/11 Lip augmentation in those over the age of 21 years.
JUVEDERM ULTRA XC AND JUVEDERM ULTRA PLUS XC Hyaluronic Acid with Lidocaine Allergan 1/7/10 The addition of 0.3% Lidocaine into Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus.
SCULPTRA AESTHETIC Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA) Sanofi Aventis U.S. 7/28/09 Use in shallow to deep nasolabial fold contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles.

 

A Few Words of Caution

Do not agree to have anything injected into your face or body that is not available in the United States.

Do not get injected by anyone other than a licensed physician.

Do not get dermal filler procedure in the presence of any active skin sore.

Wishing you to be Young, Healthy and Happy!