At Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, PA, we are proud to offer different dermal fillers to help all of our patients, young and old, reach all of their aesthetic goals. Whether you want to treat the signs of aging, like lines, wrinkles, or volume loss, or you want to enhance your features, we can help you choose the perfect product that can help you achieve natural and long-lasting results.
Are Fillers Right for Me?
Cosmetic injectables provide an effective way for men and women of different ages to address aging and other facial imperfections. There are many different reasons to choose a filler, and each patient will require a unique treatment plan to help them achieve their cosmetic goals. If you’re wondering whether this type of cosmetic injectable is right for you, one of our experts can sit with you during an initial consultation to review your aesthetic goals.
This consultation will help us learn more about your concerns and help you choose the best method to treat those concerns. There are many reasons that patients choose these cosmetic injectables. We offer several different products at our office that can help meet different needs and help patients from different walks of life achieve their aesthetic goals.
What Do They Treat?
These cosmetic injectables can treat the signs of aging, but they can also do much more than that. They can help address facial imperfections and create proportion and symmetry on the face. They can help restore volume to hollow areas, smooth lines and wrinkles on the lower half of the face, lift and contour the cheeks to create structure in definition, augment the lips, and enhance the chin profile.
There are many off-label uses for these injectables that injectors use based on their level of experience to treat different aesthetic concerns. Whether you want to combat aging or augment your lips, there is a filler that can meet your aesthetic needs and deliver long-lasting results.
Hyaluronic Acid-Based Cosmetic Injectables
Hyaluronic acid-based cosmetic injectables are a popular choice among patients looking for instant and long-lasting results. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are designed to both treat the signs of aging and enhance the features. Hyaluronic acid is a substance your body produces, and one of its jobs is to keep your skin hydrated and youthful. As you age, your body creates less hyaluronic acid, and as a result, your skin looks not-so-youthful anymore.
Restoring Volume to the Skin
Lines and wrinkles form, and you can begin to experience hollow areas due to volume loss in different areas of the face. Hyaluronic acid provides an effective solution to volume loss because it restores below the skin’s surface to plump and lift the skin. The body responds well to a hyaluronic acid-based filler because they contain a synthetic version of a substance your body creates naturally.
These products are made of gel formulations that contain different particle sizes. We can choose the right one based on the patient’s overall needs and the severity of their volume loss or wrinkles. This gel integrates well with the skin’s structure to deliver natural-looking results when injected below the skin’s surface.
A collagen-stimulating filler is a filler that contains ingredients that the body responds to by producing more collagen in the treatment area. While they deliver some immediate results, your body will metabolize these ingredients a few weeks after your treatment. Still, at the same time, it will also begin producing more collagen in the deeper layers of the skin.
As your body builds more collagen, you’ll see your skin volume increase which will help treat volume loss or hollow areas, and lines and wrinkles will fade. You’ll experience natural results that will continue to improve in the months following your treatment.
Our Volume-Enhancing Cosmetic Injectables
When it comes to cosmetic injectables designed to add volume to the face, we have plenty of options. Different patients have different needs and, therefore, will require a unique treatment plan. Some patients will benefit from hyaluronic acid-based fillers to treat the signs of aging or enhance their features. Others are better suited for a collagen-stimulating filler. It all depends on your needs and your goals.
Juvederm is a collection of dermal fillers that includes several different product formulations designed to target the signs of aging and enhance facial features. Patients and injectors alike love Juvederm because it is a respected family of fillers that can effectively treat aging and improve the overall appearance. Juvederm injectables can treat facial lines and folds, volume loss, enhance the chin profile, and augment the lips.
Volume is a hyaluronic acid-based filler included within the Juvederm collection. This filler delivers long-lasting results that can last 18 months or longer with optimal treatment. It’s designed to lift and sculpt the cheeks to address the flattening or drooping that often occurs with a change in your facial fat distribution or volume loss in the area.
Restylane is a hyaluronic acid-based filler that we can use to treat facial lines and forms on the lower half of the face. The lines that form from volume loss are different than the lines that form from dynamic expressions. As a result, they typically appear on the lower half of the face around the mouth. This filler can help smooth those lines and restore youth to the area.
Sculptra is a collagen-stimulating filler whose primary ingredient is called poly L lactic acid. This filler is designed to help the body create more collagen in the designated treatment area. It does deliver some immediate plumping results, but it takes time to achieve the final results since collagen production takes time.
It can take up to 12 weeks for the body to build more collagen in the treatment area, but it will happen. You will see some natural results as your body produces more collagen, which will help improve your skin’s firmness and treat skin laxity and other skin and age-related concerns.
The Natural Filler
PRP isn’t technically a dermal filler, but it can be administered in an injectable form. PRP is platelet-rich plasma and is derived from your blood. It can be injected into different parts of the face to rejuvenate and restore youth to the skin in a completely natural way. This injectable, while not technically a filler, can restore volume and youth to the skin without using any synthetic ingredients.
How It Works
To obtain PRP, we will perform a typical blood draw and then place that blood in a device called a centrifuge. Once we turn on the centrifuge, it will begin spinning the blood to separate the PRP from the rest of the plasma. The PRP rises to the top of the test tube and takes on a golden hue. Once we prepare it in injectable form, we can strategically administer it to areas of your face where you want to restore youth and achieve tighter firmer skin.
You’ll notice results within six to twelve weeks of your treatment but may notice results as soon as four. It depends on your body and how quickly you respond to the PRP injections.
Which Filler Is Right for Me?
Once you decide that you want to add a filler to your anti-aging or beauty routine, the first step is to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced skincare experts. This consultation is important because it helps us determine which of these products will help address your needs. We will evaluate your areas of concern and create a treatment plan to help you reach your goals.
Choosing the Right Filler
Some patients aren’t ready to add a dermal filler to their anti-aging routine and instead choose to undergo PRP injections. Others are interested in adding a collagen-stimulating filler to their routine to help increase the body’s natural collagen levels.
Some patients want the immediate results of a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. Whatever the case, we will choose the right filler to help meet your needs. It’s important that we know your medical history and any experience you have had with a dermal filler so we can choose the right one for you. Also, we will confirm that you are not allergic to any of these fillers before beginning your treatment.
Experience the Benefits of the Right Dermal Filler
The right dermal filler can help transform your appearance yet still help you maintain a natural and beautiful complexion. If you want to treat aging, enhance your features, or restore collagen below the skin’s surface, we have a filler that can meet all of your cosmetic needs. Contact us today at Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, PA, to schedule your initial consultation so we can choose the right filler for your needs.