Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers are used to minimize wrinkles around the face. The most common area that these fillers are used for are the smile lines around the nose which are known as the nasolabial folds. The fillers can also be used to minimize wrinkles around the mouth, the corners of the mouth and wrinkles or scars in the cheeks.

The fillers are usually made from hyaluronic acid such as RESTYLANE® and JUVÉDERM® but can also be made from hydroxyapitite (RADIESSE®) or poly-L-lactic acid (SCULPTRA®). There are also many formulations of hyaluronic acid which are cross-linked to last longer (PERLANE®, JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus).

What are the risks associated with Dermal Fillers in Chicago?

Dr. Lee primarily uses non permanent fillers which include JUVÉDERM®, RESTYLANE®, PERLANE®, JUVÉDERM® Plus, RADIESSE®, and SCULPTRA®. The benefits of the non permanent fillers are that most complications are reversible. The complications include bruising, swelling, papule formation, tenderness, small bumps in the skin. Most of these complications if they develop, resolve in 3-7 days.

What is RESTYLANE® Chicago?

RESTYLANE® is made up of hyaluronic acid and is injected into the mid layer of the dermis or skin. It fills the skin to decrease the appearance of a wrinkle and can also help fill areas of atrophy and scarring

RESTYLANE® usually lasts four to six months and is most often used to fill nasolabial folds/wrinkles, wrinkles around the mouth and lip augmentation. It can also be used to help with hollowing of the lower eyes. For more information regarding RESTYLANE®, please visit www.restylaneusa.com.

What is JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel?

JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is made up of hyaluronic acid and is similar to RESTYLANE®. According to the company, JUVÉDERM® reports slightly longer lasting resorption rates up to 6-8 months.

JUVÉDERM® is used for the nasolabial fold/wrinkles, wrinkles around the mouth and lip augmentation. It can also be used to help with the hollowing of the lower eyes. For more information regarding JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, please visit www.JUVEDERM.com.

What is PERLANE®?

PERLANE® is made up of cross-linked hyaluronic acid and is reported to last up to one year. Because of the density of the product, it is injected slightly deeper in the skin and is used more for deep folds around the mouth, hollows underneath the eyes, and volume loss of the cheek or mouth area.

What is JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus?

JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus is a more cross-linked product of hyaluronic acid and is reported to last up to one year. Because of the density of the product, it is injected slightly deeper in the skin and is used more for deep folds around the mouth, hollows underneath the eyes, and volume loss of the cheek or mouth area.

What is RADIESSE®?

RADIESSE® is a filler that is made up of hydroxyapatite, the substance found in bone. RADIESSE® is used to fill deep nasolabial folds and can also be used for volume loss around the mouth and cheek area.

What is SCULPTRA®?

SCULPTRA® is made up of poly-L lactic acid which is an absorbable product. It is injected into the subcutaneous areas of the face and not into the skin itself. It is used mostly for volume loss of around the mouth and cheek areas as well as the jowls. It is not used for wrinkles or lip augmentation. The usual protocol for SCULPTRA® requires 2-3 monthly injections to reach the desired result. After this result is reached, the product usually stays in the face for up to two years.