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Concern: Laugh Lines

Procedures:

Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra) , Facial Paralysis , Face lift , Midface lift , Threadlift

Ages:

30's , 40's , 50's , 60's+

HA Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane)

Author: Min Ahn

Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra)

Since the introduction of bovine collagen for treating wrinkles, significant advances have been made with soft tissue fillers. Currently the most popular fillers in the United States for skin creases and volume deficient areas are the hyaluronic acid fillers (HA). The two most popular of such fillers are Juvéderm® Ultra and Restylane®. Both fillers have the advantages of being well tolerated by the body, long lasting and natural appearing.


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Radiesse

Author: Min Ahn

Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra)
Radiesse is long lasting soft tissue filler that is a popular choice for facial volumizing treatments. It is FDA approved for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (laugh lines). Radiesse is composed of Calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a gel carrier and high purity water. When Radiesse is injected into tissue it provides an immediate 1:1 level of correction. Over the course of 3-6 months, the gel carrier is degraded and the remaining Radiesse particles act as a scaffold for new collagen formation. This process is thought to account for extended, “semi-permanent” correction.

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Facial Paralysis

Author: Patrick Byrne, MD FACS

Facial Paralysis
Facial paralysis – weakness of the facial muscles responsible for eye blinking and facial expression – can be partial or complete. There are a variety of causes, but regardless of the cause, it is a devastating condition. In most cases of facial paralysis, one side of the face is affected and the other is spared.  As a result, the appearance of the face is not symmetric (asymmetric). This lack of symmetry (asymmetry) is accentuated whenever the person moves the face as part of normal facial expression. For example, the smile is uneven, one side of the face droops, or the eyebrows aren’t the same level.

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Face lift

Author: Patrick Byrne, MD FACS

Face lift
A face lift is a procedure which lifts sagging tissues of the lower face and neck. It is a procedure that has been present for decades, and is constantly evolving and improving. The contemporary techniques focus on elevation of the deeper tissues of the face and neck, rather than simply pulling the skin tightly. Thus the results tend to be not only more natural appearing, but also longer lasting. Most patients appear more youthful and rested. This discussion will provide you with the important information you need to understand face lifting procedures.

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Midface lift

Author: David W. Kim, MD FACS

Midface lift
The aging human face undergoes several changes which may be addressed with cosmetic treatments.  Most notably, the soft tissue (skin, fat and muscle) of the face deflates over time and sags downward as the fibrous attachments between the skin and deeper structures weaken. While the lower face lift and neck lift treat the sagging tissue of the jawline, jowls, and neck, these procedures do not significantly improve the area of the midface.  For certain individuals with predominantly mid-facial aging changes, a distinct mid-face lift is necessary to create facial rejuvenation.  In other patients, both the midface and lower face together must be corrected in order to create a balanced, youthful appearance.

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Threadlift

Author: David W. Kim, MD FACS

Threadlift
In recent years, there has been a movement in cosmetic surgery toward less invasive, shorter recovery treatment options.  For many, the desire for cosmetic improvement must be balanced against concerns about recovery time, expense, and risk.  This has spurred an increased popularity of in-office procedures, such as Botox®, injectable fillers, and laser skin resurfacing.  But even certain surgical procedures have emerged which are less invasive variations of more extensive operations.

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Sculptra

Author: David W. Kim, MD FACS

Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra)
Commercially available fillers have seen recent increased popularity.  These office based treatments improve the appearance of unwanted wrinkles, folds, and areas of hollowing or deflation in the face.  The most commonly used fillers come in a paste or gel form and are introduced to the desired location under the skin surface through needle injection.   Collagen, hyaluronic acid, or hydroxyapatite are types of fillers available on the market.  These substances, which also naturally exist in the body, create a beneficial effect by direct addition of volume into specific areas.  A disadvantage of these products is the fact that they are reabsorbed by the body within 6-18 months after placement.  Although there are some non-absorbable, permanent products used, these have not gained the popularity of the absorbable fillers, likely due to concerns about the potential for long term or permanent complications.

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