Correcting life’s imperfections does not always require you to have facial plastic surgery. We often use what are known as “injectible fillers” to improve certain facial flaws such as wrinkles and folds. These fillers can also be injected periodically to enhance areas such as the lips and cheeks.
There are many injectible fillers available today. They all work differently and last for various amounts of time. The injectible fillers that Dr. Stephen Perkins uses in his facial plastic surgery practice include Restylane, Perlane, Juvéderm, Voluma, and others.
Detailed information about each of these fillers is covered on our website under the Skin Rejuvenation section.
Restylane, Perlane and Juvéderm treat wrinkles, folds and deepening grooves, light nasolabial grooves, cheek-lip grooves, smile grooves and marionette grooves. They last between seven months to one year and occasionally longer in some patients.
Perlane and Juvéderm injected in the lips last six months at most.
Other injectible fillers, Voluma and Radiesse, may be indicated when areas of the face begin to lack volume, the cheeks look less full and/or the chin areas are “weaker”. Radiesse is very effective for deeper volume filler but not for superficial wrinkles. Voluma is appropriate for cheek enhancement when the cheek is flat or hollowed.
To understand the injectible filler that is appropriate for you, contact Dr. Perkins for a consultation.
Injecting these fillers properly is an art and should be done by a facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Perkins or a supervised assistant directly under his training. Be careful when comparing pricing versus level of skill when choosing someone to perform these injections. A skilled surgeon such as Dr. Perkins knows the anatomy intimately and uses his artistic skill to place fillers to achieve a proper aesthetic effect.
From time to time, complications can and do occur with fillers, particularly in lesser trained hands. In Dr. Perkins’ experience, fillers have been perfectly safe.