Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and facial filler injections such as Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Sculptra®, Perlane®, Radiesse®, and Belotero Balance® are some of the most popular non-surgical treatments for fine facial lines and wrinkles used at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta. These treatments can be used in combination with each other or with any surgical procedure such as eyelid surgery or liposuction of the neck and jowls. Our doctors have extensive experience with facial injections, performing an average of 9,000 injections each year in Atlanta.
Botox® and Dysport® are FDA-approved for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles for up to six months. These injectables are made from a highly purified protein that, when administered by a trained physician, can smooth out wrinkles around the eyes, furrows between the eyebrows and forehead, “smile lines” around the mouth, lines on the neck, and droopy eyelids caused by sagging excess skin. Botox® and Dysport® work by relaxing the surrounding muscles in the face, which not only works to correct wrinkles and fine lines, but helps prevent them from deepening further. Botox® is also FDA approved for treatment of migraine headaches, excessive sweating under the arms, and neck and eye muscle spasms.
Restylane® is a safe, effective facial filler used to smooth facial wrinkles and enhance and restore volume to facial areas like the lips and cheeks; it has been FDA-approved for lip enhancement in adults over 21. Restylane® can last 6-12 months depending on what area of the face is being treated. No skin test is required with Restylane® because it is produced from hyaluronic acid (found naturally in the skin) so there is little chance of an allergic reaction.
Perlane® is produced by the same company that makes Restylane® and is essentially the same product as Restylane®. Perlane® has larger gel particles and thicker consistency than Restylane® for a deeper injection for more severe facial lines and wrinkles.
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Juvéderm® is also a facial filler composed of hyaluronic acid that is approved by FDA to last up to one year. What makes Juvéderm® different than the other facial fillers is a process called Hylacross™ technology. This technology is made of smoother properties and a less granular consistency than some of the other facial fillers. Juvéderm® is commonly used to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles. Our doctors at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta use Juvéderm® to augment the lips, cheeks, and other areas of the face that have lost volume over time. Facial lines between the nose and mouth as well as the wrinkles on and below the edges of the lips are other areas that Juvéderm® can improve.
Sculptra® is a safe, synthetic material made up of poly-L-lactic acid and is approved by the FDA for restoring lost facial volume, also known as lipotrophy. Because Sculptra® has had such a strong success rate, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Scott Karempelis use the filler to provide a more youthful appearance in patients who have lost facial fat over time. Sculptra® normally requires multiple injections to achieve desired results, can last up to two years, and does not require any allergy tests.
Radiesse® facial filler is an FDA-approved wrinkle treatment comprised of calcium based microspheres. Radiesse® is different than most facial fillers because in addition to correcting facial lines, it stimulates the body's natural production of collagen. Collagen is a protein of connective tissue in our bodies that supports our internal organs. Because collagen diminishes with age, Radiesse® help reverse the effects of aging. Radiesse® is biocompatible, so no allergy tests are necessary prior to your procedure.
Belotero Balance® is an FDA-approved dermal filler that smoothes moderate to severe wrinkles and restores lost volume on the face. This facial filler is especially effective for fine superficial lines and under the eyes. Belotero Balance® is unique to other facial fillers available at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta as it uses a cohesive gel that provides instant results. Belotero Balance® is a filler that quickly integrates into the patient’s skin to create more natural results. It is also the least likely hyaluronic filler to be seen under the skin when placed superficially. Most patients see results for about six months after one treatment. As with any facial rejuvenation procedure, Belotero Balance® may have side effects including short-term inflammation, bruising and redness that usually subside within a week.
Q: How is Belotero Balance® different from other facial fillers?
A: Belotero Balance® differs from other facial fillers as it uses a unique cohesive gel that assimilates with a patient’s skin to create more natural looking dermal filler results.
Q: How long will my results last after one treatment?
A: Most patients will be able to see results almost instantly after treatment. Although each patient’s results will vary, many patients can expect a noticeable increase in restored volume and smoother skin to last six months or more.
Q: How long will it take me to recover from a treatment?
A: This minimally invasive dermal filler requires very little downtime. Most patients can return to their regular activities immediately following treatment. However, as with all facial injectables, there is a risk of temporary side effects including swelling and redness that generally subside within a week.
All of our staff at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta stays on the cutting edge of the latest facial rejuvenation products available. Our experienced physicians assistants and board certified dermatologists, Dr. Edmond Griffin, Dr. Scott Karempelis, Dr. Stephen Kraus, Dr. Joseph Payne and Dr. Ashley Curtis choose only the safest, most effective facial treatments for their patients. Schedule a consultation to learn which facial filler is right for you.