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Soft-Tissue Fillers

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As we age, sun exposure, gravity and other factors can reduce the amount of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and fat in our skin. The loss of this soft tissue causes the skin to lose structure and volume, creating unwanted facial wrinkles and folds such as lines around the nose and mouth.

Soft-tissue fillers add volume to the face. Common areas that need improvement include the parenthesis or laugh lines, the sagging corners of the mouth, lips, and tear troughs. They are a popular form of skin rejuvenation to soften fine lines, smooth away wrinkles, and restore youthful contours.

Dr. Curcio is an expert in the use of soft-tissue fillers. She has experience treating physician peers, celebrities, models and the cosmetic industry. With injectable treatments, you are relying not only on the physician’s intimate knowledge of the science of the skin, but also on her aesthetic sense and ability to deliver a refreshed, natural result, without appearing overdone. In fact, with most of her patients, you would not even know that they had “any work done”.

HYALURONIC ACID

Hylauronic Acid fillers are composed of natural sugar-based substances that bind to water and give the skin a natural plumpness. The sugar molecules attach to each other by chemical crosslinks to make smaller and larger size particles to target finer and deeper wrinkles. Hylauronic acid fillers are eventually dissolved by the body’s enzymes within 6-12 months.

There are several brands of hylauronic acid fillers including:
Restylane®, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Lyft (formerly Perlane®), Juvéderm® Ultra XC, Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC, Juvéderma Voluma™ XC, Juvéderm Volbella® XC, and Belotero Balance®

 

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Restylane® and Restylane® Silk are injectable hyaluronic acid gel fillers that help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Restylane® can be used to shape the lips, fill the tear troughs, and form facial contour.  Restylane® Lyft (formerly Perlane®) is indicated for both the correction of facial wrinkles as well as cheek augmentation and mid-facial contouring.


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Juvéderm® Ultra XC and Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC are injectable hyaluronic acid gel fillers that help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Juvéderm® can be used to shape the lips, fill the tear troughs, and form facial coutours. Juvéderm® is the only hylauronic acid filler that has been FDA approved to last up to 1 year after a single injection.

Juvéderm Voluma™ XC is the first filler FDA-approved to correct age-related volume loss in the mid-face. It is specifically designed to fill and lift the mid-face and cheeks. It received FDA approval in late 2013 and has been available nationwide since 2014. Studies have shown that with optimal treatment, results can last up to 2 years.

Juvéderm Volbella® XC is an new hyaluronic filler for use in the lips for lip augmentation and for the correction of perioral wrinkles, in adults age 21 years and older.  It received FDA approval in October 2016. Studies have shown results can last up to 1 year.  

Both Juvéderm Voluma™ XC and Juvéderm Volbella® XC are composed of hyaluronic acid using Vycross technology, which blends different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid together, allowing for longer duration of the product.


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BELOTERO BALANCE® is a Hyaluronic acid dermal filler specifically designed to integrate into your dermal tissue to provide subtle yet noticeable results. When injected, BELOTERO BALANCE® adds volume to areas where facial volume has been lost and delivers refreshing results. In clinical studies 97% of patients showed visible improvements after just one treatment with BELOTERO BALANCE®.


CALCIUM HYDROXYLAPETITE – Radiesse®

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Made of calcium hydroxylapetite-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel, Radiesse® treatments are reported to last a year or more. Radiesse® treatment stimulates the body to creates a long-lasting scaffolding around this substance and produce new collagen. Radiesse is indicated for the treatment of facial wrinkles.  As of 2015, Radiesse is the first filler FDA-approved for hand augmentation/rejuvenation.


Bellafill®

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Bellafill® is a smooth collagen-based dermal filler with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. The collagen gel in Bellafill® provides immediate volume and lift to correct wrinkles and/or acne scars in patients 21 years of age or older. The PMMA microspheres remain in place and create a base that provides structural support for smoother-looking skin. Bellafill® has been proven safe through 5 years in the largest and longest prospective dermal filler study ever conducted.

Bellafill® was FDA approved in October 2006 (under the name ArteFill®) for treating nasolabial folds (smile lines). In December 2014, the product name was changed to Bellafill® when the FDA approved a second indication for the correction of moderate to severe atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years.


COMBINATION THERAPY

Dr. Curcio may combine Botulinum Toxin Injections with your Soft tissue filler treatment. Botox reduces muscle activity that causes persistent furrows, wrinkles and lines to form on the face and neck. Other therapies, such as Photo Facials, Vascular Laser treatments, Fractional laser rejuvenation, Chemical peels, DermaSweep® and other cosmetic treatments are frequently combined with your treatment to enhance your result. A home skin care regimen with medical grade cosmeceuticals will help maintain and enhance your Soft tissue filler results.

Dr. Curcio completed a prestigious fellowship in Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. With her extensive experience, she can personalize a treatment regimen for you to help you attain the best possible cosmetic result.

Make an appointment with Dr. Curcio to determine what treatment is right for you.