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Why You Should Consider Fillers

        Are you ready to start your anti-aging routine? Are you looking to plump your lips, reduce your wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin? Fillers may be your best option. Fillers can enhance and improve your skin, taking years off your appearance. The fillers that Dr. Kurzman offers are Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra and Bellafill.

        Are you wondering what facial fillers are? Fillers are cosmetic tools which are injected into the skin and are typically made from calcium hydroxyl apatite, hyaluronic acid, and collagen. These products assist to rejuvenate skin, reduce wrinkles, raise scar depressions, enhance lips, and replace volume loss in soft tissues of the face. These treatments “fill in” folds and lines of the face which have lost collagen or fat.

        As we age, different parts of the face lose shape and fullness leading to lines, wrinkles, and a less youthful looking appearance. In many cases, this is because our bodies are not producing as much hyaluronic acid as the used to. The loss of collagen, thinning of underlying fat, and decreasing bone volume can lead to a reduction of volume in the cheeks, giving a sunken appearance. Through volume loss and aging over time, the skin of our cheeks may drape over to become nasolabial folds, creating a tired looking face with wrinkles between the nose and mouth. As we age, our lips may lose shape and there can be an increase in small vertical lines around the mouth, while the corners sag.

        Restylane offers treatments for natural looking results. Restylane is designed to act like the body’s own naturally produced hyaluronic acid. Restylane visibly reduces facial wrinkles and folds, and adds smooth, silky definition to lips, and provides lift for cheeks. Restylane has helped people all over the world achieve a natural look. Adding volume and fullness to the skin, it corrects moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth. Restylane can be used in your lips, giving you the smooth and silky lips, you have been longing for. It is the first FDA-approved treatment to specifically address lips and the fine lines around them!

        Radiesse, a volumizing filler, provides an instant lift, filling wrinkles and folds to help restore a more youthful look to your skin. It continues to work with your body, stimulating the natural production of collagen for a more refreshed appearance that can last up to a year or more in many patients. Radiesse works by immediately restoring lost facial volume, smoothing out wrinkles and folds with natural looking results. Radiesse is an ideal option for adding lift to the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, pre-jowl folds, downturned corners of the mouth, and chin wrinkles. Radiesse is made of tiny calcium-based microspheres which are suspended in a natural water-based gel. These calcium-based microspheres are like minerals that are found naturally in your body. Over time, your body absorbs these tiny microspheres and the gel, leaving behind only your own natural collagen.

        Sculptra stimulates your skin’s own natural collagen production to increase overall facial volume. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid. Once injected, it begins working deeply within the skin to stimulate collagen production, reinforcing the skin’s inner structure, and restoring its volume.  Sculptra works subtly and gradually over time for results that can last more than two years. In a clinical study of Sculptra, patients were still showing improvement 25 months after the last injection.

         Bellafill is used to improve the appearance of wrinkles and correct facial contours for a more youthful appearance. There are two components of Bellafill, collagen gel and polymethyl methacrylate. Collagen gel forms the smooth base of Bellafill, adding instant improvement.  Polymethyl methacrylate microspheres remain after the body absorbs the collagen gel, supporting the growth of your own natural collagen to supplant it. The results last at least 5 years which make it the most long-lasting filler. Bellafill is also FDA approved to treat certain types of acne scars. Bellafill yields instant smoothness that you can appreciate as soon as you leave the office.

        Wondering how long these procedures will take? Filler treatments will only take a few minutes! The exact time will vary depending on the patient, the wrinkle size, and how many areas of the face are being treated. Several small injections will be made under the skin’s surface during the procedure. The amount of injections will depend on the size and location of the wrinkle or crease. 

        If you are thinking about fillers, stop hesitating and make your appointment with Dr. Kurzman! It is never too early or too late for fillers. If you are a new patient, you can make an appointment for a free cosmetic consultation to find out which filler works best for you. Reverse your aging and get back that youthful appearance you have been longing for.

Samantha Durst

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