Facial Fillers (Non-surgical facial rejuvenation)
Performed in Atlanta, GA by Dr. John L. LeRoy.
While it’s natural for the facial skin to lose firmness and develop wrinkles as we age, many patients find that their aging appearance doesn’t match the youthfulness they feel. For patients who don’t yet feel the need for plastic surgery like a facelift, facial fillers can give them a younger, more radiant appearance with no downtime. Always at the cusp of the latest cosmetic advances, Dr. John LeRoy was one of the first providers in Atlanta to offer wrinkle-reducing dermal injections. He continues that track record by offering facial filler injections of Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Juvéderm Voluma™ XC, Restylane® Lyft, and Radiesse®.
Fillers like Restylane® and Juvéderm® synthetically simulate the hyaluronic acid (HA) that naturally volumize the facial skin. Not only are facial fillers effective in wrinkle reduction, but they may also be appropriate treatments in scar filling (acne scarring) and lip enhancement. For most patients, the results are visible for around 6-9 months and produce visible improvements in the following areas of the face:
- Nasal labial folds (smile lines or parentheses)
- Around the mouth
- Marionette lines (lines that give expressions a downward appearance)
- Vertical lines (small lines above the mouth caused by sun exposure, smoking, and stress)
As the newest FDA-approved filler from Allergan®, Juvéderm Voluma™ XC focuses on all three areas of the cheek to subtly but effectively rejuvenate the face. Adding to its appeal is the FDA approval of the facial filler’s use of lidocaine, a local anesthetic, which minimizes patient discomfort. The results of Juvéderm Voluma™ XC can last for up to 2 years in some patients.
As the latest addition to our menu of facial fillers, Restylane® Lyft is FDA-approved to both improve the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth and to add volume to the cheeks. Because Restylane® Lyft also includes the local anesthetic lidocaine, it provides natural-looking rejuvenation results with minimal discomfort.
Like Restylane® and Juvéderm®, Radiesse® aims to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and to replace facial volume that has been lost with age. However, Radiesse® takes a different approach by causing the skin to produce more collagen—the protein that gives the skin its youthful elasticity, firmness, and plumpness. The new collagen production occurs about three months after treatment, and the results can last up to two years.
Facial fillers are one of the easiest cosmetic treatments to fit into a patient’s busy schedule. The entire procedure often takes less than 30 minutes (in some cases, as little as 10-15 minutes depending on how many areas of the face are being treated). A small needle is used to inject the medication into the targeted area(s) of the face, which vary based on the patient’s needs and aesthetic goals. There is typically no downtime required after the injections.
Facial Fillers and BOTOX® Injections – “Even if you have a facelift, you’re still going to have a few of those etched lines that will not be removed by a facelift.”
With over twenty years of experience in cosmetic procedures, Dr. John LeRoy is skilled in helping patients find the best way to meet their aesthetic goals. At your consultation, Dr. LeRoy will discuss your concerns, expectations, and priorities and will be able to recommend the products or procedures that are right for you.
What is the difference between facial fillers and BOTOX® or Dysport® injections?
Both facial fillers and purified botulinum toxin (BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®) have the goal of minimizing wrinkles through minimally-invasive injections, but they approach the problem in two different ways. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® work well for wrinkles on the forehead or around the eyebrows that are caused by tense underlying muscles (often known as expression lines). These injections relax the targeted muscles to smooth the creases and fine lines. Facial fillers, on the other hand, target wrinkles on areas like the cheeks and around the mouth by restoring the skin’s youthful volume.
The patients who are happiest with their cosmetic results are often those who combine several professional treatments and procedures for more comprehensive rejuvenation. While a facelift and Band Aid Facelift are great ways to minimize signs of aging, patients who aren’t ready for surgery have also seen much success by combining facial fillers with other non-surgical procedures like Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing and Band Aid Skin Tightening.