As you age, your skin reduces production of naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid (HA). Over time, the loss of HA along with collagen breakdown in your skin results in greater facial wrinkles and folds. In recent years, HA injectables have become more popular over collagen injectables, simply because it is readily available, non-animal based, non-allergenic, quite effective, and most important, lasts a lot longer than collagens. Of all the fillers made up of hyaluronic acid (HA), Juvederm appears to last the longest, simply because it has the highest concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid. While all HA fillers appears to be viscoid-elastic, making them easy to inject, Juvederm has even smoother composition helping to create even more natural appearance even when placed very superficially in the dermis. Due to this unique smooth-gel properties as well as optimal gel structure that hold up over time, Juvederm injectable gel is the only HA filler that FDA has approved to last up to 1 year. Juvederm is also the first FDA-approved HA dermal filler that is proven to be safe and effective for people of all colors. There is almost no downtime with usually only temporary swelling and rarely bruising or transient redness to the injected site, to a point where most patients are usually able to return back to work on the same day or following day. In Dr. Kang’s practice, the use of Botox and Juvederm have become so popular with the patients with such high satisfaction rate, that Allergan who supplies both Botox and Juvederm, recognizes Dr. Kang as a “Gold Member” of their network of highly regarded physicians.
Radiesse is also FDA-approved as a dermal filler, and is made of unique calcium-based microspheres suspended in a natural gel. Radiesse not only fills in and corrects smiles lines, fold and wrinkles around the nose and mouth, but it also rebuilds your skin’s foundation and restores your youthful look by allowing the tiny calcium-based microspheres to form a “scaffold” to support and stimulate the growth of your own collagen. Over time, the calcium-based microspheres gradually break down and are safely and naturally absorbed by your body, without any risks associated with a permanent implant. The results are immediate providing a natural, youthful look. The best part is that Radiesse lasts longer than probably most dermal fillers out there, sometimes more than a year, depending on the location and the individual. There is almost no downtime with usually only temporary swelling and rarely bruising or transient redness to the injected site, to a point where most patients are usually able to return back to work on the same day or following day.
Belotero is a dermal filler injection that is approved to temporarily smooth out and fill in moderate to- severe nasolabial folds (the folds or wrinkles that go from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth). It is made from hyaluronic acid, an acid that is naturally found in one’s skin but diminishes as we age. As this acid is natural to our skin’s makeup it is effective at building up volume in our face and smoothing out the skin’s surface. It creates a more youthful look to one’s face by filling out both deep crease, small lines as well as hollowed out areas under one’s eyes. For many patients in our practice, Belotero is the filler of choice for their lip enhancement as well as filling in the fine crow’s feet around their eyes due to almost no temporary swelling immediately after their injection. The effects of Belotero can last in the range of 6 month up to a year depending on the location injected.
As you age, the cheeks may flatten and the overlying skin may sag more prominently than other areas of your face, lending a “Polar Bear” look in the worst cases. This is known as age-related mid-face volume loss. Juvederm Voluma XC is specifically designed to add volume to this area, which provides lift and re-countering of the cheek area back to your more youthful days. Voluma is a hyaluronic acid formulated with Vycross cross linking technology which creates “lift and fill” effect to allow adequate re-volumization and re-contouring, very much comparable to Radiesse. In addition, due to the special cross linking technology, Voluma is advertised by Allergan to provide longer-lasting results that can “last up to 2 years with optimal treatment”. However, for some patients the “optimal treatment” can translate to multiple syringes which can be quite costly since Voluma is one of the most expensive fillers available in the market.; and, can initially appear excessive when multiple syringes are placed in a quest to put enough deposit of Voluma to make it last up to 2 years. Upon consultation with Dr. Kang, he will provide best judicious use of Voluma which will make you look your best.