Fillers lessen facial lines and creases as well as restore volume and fullness in the face and the lips lost as a person ages. Fillers are made of a variety of substances including hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a naturally occurring substance found in the skin and calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) which is also a naturally occurring substance mainly found in the bones. Poly-L-lactic acid is a biodegradable synthetic substance that stimulates collagen to smooth fine lines and help the skin rebuild collagen. Fillers are injected into the treatment area to treat the issues that the patient wants to see addressed.

Candidates for fillers have wrinkles or folds that are moderate to severe as well as facial volume loss. The procedure is also an excellent option for patients with fine lines around the mouth, thin lips and sunken cheeks. These conditions can be caused by the aging process as well sun damage. Ideal candidates want to treat these conditions with nonsurgical methods and they don’t mind having repeat treatments to maintain the results.

The average cost of fillers depends on the type of fillers. The price of hyaluronic acid fillers is $400-$500 while calcium hydroxylapatite fillers cost anywhere from $650-$950.  The cost of Poly-L-lactic acid fillers is anywhere from $1400-$2000. These prices do not include any fees charged by the doctor or the facility. The price can also vary depending on the geographic location of the surgery.

There will be some bruising, redness and swelling after the fillers are injected. In general, the results will start to be seen immediately but it will take a few weeks for the final results to be obtained by the patient. Depending on the type of filler used by the doctor, the results will last anywhere from 6-18 months. In order to maintain the results, patients will need to have repeat filler injections.

Refirme Skin Tightening

Refirme Skin Tightening

submitted on   Wed Nov, 11, 2015 by Sunnyline Vendiola, MD     
Refirme skin tightening is a cosmetic treatment that utilizes bipolar radio frequency with an infrared laser to obtain skin rejuvenation. The combination of these technologies tightens the skin and stimulates collagen production. Refirme is a non-invasive, FDA-approved method for addressing the...