Dermal Fillers Beverly Hills, CA
Dr. Frankel was an investigator for the FDA clinical trials of Restylane and Juvederm and thus is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable injectors in the Dermal Fillers field. He commonly injects fillers to refine his surgical results and occasionally in lieu of cosmetic surgery when appropriate.
Other uses for aesthetic injections include lifting the corners of the mouth, rejuvenating the earlobes, restoring volume, eliminating dimples in the chin, and nasolabial folds, as well as treating some types of scars and many signs of aging.
Dermal facial fillers are FDA-approved gels that may be injected into the face. Physicians use them to treat facial lines and wrinkles and restore lost facial volume to various parts of the face. Many people choose injectable fillers as an alternative to surgical procedures, or in combination with other cosmetic procedures to enhance their rejuvenation results. In fact, the term ‘dermal’ fillers is inaccurate since these gels are injected at all levels of the tissues beneath the skin surface. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frankel can use fillers in an artful way to improve the shape of the jawline, nose, cheeks, mouth, lips, and eyes and areas where there has been volume loss.
The Dermal Fillers Procedure
We may use a topical anesthetic to numb the area if necessary, though oftentimes the procedure causes little pain. Dr. Frankel prefers to inject patients at the target area of the face when they are awake and seated upright and interacting with him. We prepare patients beforehand and apply ice compresses immediately after the dermal filler treatment.
Which Filler is best for me?
When it comes to these injectables such as Restylane Refyne or any other hyaluronic acid-based filler, Dr. Frankel wants to emphasize that the patient should merely articulate what bothers you and what you are hoping to achieve, and leave the decisions of exactly what needs to be utilized up to him. Once he has decided on a plan of action, Dr. Frankel will discuss it with you.
Would Dermal Fillers Be A Suitable Option For Me?
Are you considering dermal fillers to reduce the visible signs of aging? If so, you may be wondering if you are a good candidate for this procedure. The ideal candidate for dermal fillers is someone who wants to improve the appearance of fine wrinkles and add volume to the face without undergoing invasive procedures. In addition to having realistic expectations and a positive outlook, it is important to have a healthy lifestyle and take good care of your skin for long-lasting results.
However, there are certain factors that can make an individual a poor candidate for dermal fillers. These include significant aging symptoms or severe skin laxity. In these instances, surgical procedures may be necessary to achieve the desired results. It is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the best facial filler treatment plan for your specific needs. Combining facial fillers with facial surgery (like a facelift) can further boost the benefits and enhance the overall outcome for those who qualify.
How Facial Fillers Work
Facial fillers have become increasingly popular in recent years as a non-surgical solution to improve various facial concerns including volume loss, wrinkles, and a lack of definition in facial structure. By injecting a hyaluronic acid-based filler, dermal fillers work to restore moisture and volume to the skin, naturally enhancing a more youthful appearance. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for retaining moisture in soft tissues but is reduced over time as we age. By replenishing these levels, facial fillers can create an immediate and natural-looking improvement to facial appearance.
Different types of fillers target specific concerns on different areas of the face, such as deep lines and wrinkles, under-eye bags and hollowing, and loss of definition in the lips and cheeks. These injectable treatments work by safely and effectively filling in areas of volume loss to create a more supple and smooth appearance. Facial fillers also stimulate natural collagen production, further enhancing the long-term effects of the treatment. Results can last from 6 months up to 2 years depending on the type of filler and its placement, making facial fillers a desirable and convenient alternative to more invasive surgical procedures. It is important to note that although these treatments are generally safe, allergic reactions are possible and it’s recommended to discuss aesthetic goals and potential side effects with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
DR. FRANKEL’S NOTES
“I was fortunate to be in on the ground level with both Restylane Lyft and Juvederm (hyaluronic acid) and participated as a clinical investigator for the FDA trials; giving me a very early and insightful experience from which to draw on.
Over the years the applications of fillers and the number of them has increased substantially. Now it seems as though everyone under the sun knows someone who calls themselves an ‘injector’. However, many of these people have very little training or experience! I must emphasize how important it is to find a suitably qualified and skilled practitioner as the effectiveness of the treatments has much more to do with the injector than the product, and injectables can cause serious complications.
When I inject I am thinking as a sculptor and trying my best to deliver the desired outcome with as little product as possible, thus minimizing chances for complications and cost.
I can eliminate dimples in the chin or even increase chin projection with Botox or Dysport and often times provide for a stronger jaw line with Juvederm or Restylane. Often I can use fillers to stave off the need for surgery for several years and sometimes fillers and neurotoxins are necessary to enhance the results of an extensive surgery. There are times when some filler is helpful in the nose or when Dysport can help to shrink a large salivary gland that’s causing a bulge.
The main point here is that there are many things that can be creatively used for all types of purposes and that every individual requires careful analysis to determine what and how to go about reaching the established goal.”
– Andrew Frankel, M.D.
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Preparation & Expectations for Dermal Fillers
PREPARATION FOR DERMAL FILLERS TREATMENT
Our Beverly Hills Los Angeles office will provide a comprehensive list of vitamins, herbs, or medications to avoid before your injections to minimize bruising. You should not undergo filler injections if you have an infection at the injection site. It is advisable to plan to wait for a few days after the injections before attending any important meetings or social functions.
LENGTH OF DERMAL FILLERS TREATMENT
Aesthetic injections are a very quick procedure, taking mere minutes after the prep work. The number of injections will dictate the total time the procedure takes, though it is generally about 15 minutes.
RECOVERY TIME FROM DERMAL FILLERS TREATMENT
Right after the injections, there might be some needle marks, bruising, and swelling. Ice compresses will be helpful in reducing these and you should apply them intermittently for the first 24 hours. If need be, you can apply makeup after 30 minutes.
DERMAL FILLERS TREATMENT AFTERCARE
Aesthetic injections are not permanent and will need to be “touched up” at regular intervals. Each person metabolizes injectable fillers at a different rate but it is typical to expect six to nine months to elapse before considering a touch-up. Injections tend to be repeated in an area to maintain your results.
Facial Filler Procedure FAQs
The lifespan of a dermal filler can vary depending on the type of filler, the area treated, and the patient’s lifestyle. Generally, most dermal fillers last between six months to two years. However, fillers that are used to treat areas with a lot of movement, such as the lips and nasolabial folds, tend to break down faster than those used to treat areas with less movement.
Aging can cause a loss of volume, fine lines, and facial wrinkles to develop, giving the face a tired and aged look. Facial fillers can help to restore volume to the face and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, giving patients a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Common side effects of dermal filler injections include mild redness, bruising, and swelling, which usually resolve within a short period of time.
Facial filler injections can cause discomfort. However, small needles and gel anesthesia can be used to reduce pain and improve the injection experience for patients.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Frankel can further address concerns and questions related to facial fillers, their uses, and potential risks.
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