Juvederm®, Restylane®, and More at the Milwaukee and Madison Area’s Parkins Plastic Surgery
Dermal fillers are an ideal nonsurgical solution to address age-related collagen depletion, loss of facial volume, and sagging skin. Using dermal fillers in the Milwaukee and Madison area, Dr. Maida Parkins can help patients look many years younger by adding youthful volume back into the face, helping soft tissue to look plump and vibrant instead of gaunt and hollow.
Some of the most popular names in dermal filler treatments include Juvéderm®, Volbella®, and Voluma® from Allergan, and Restylane® and Sculptra® from Galderma. Dr. Parkins provides plenty of options to meet her patients’ diverse and unique needs, because not all filler varieties are recommended for all areas of the face.
Do I Need Dermal Fillers?
Because dermal fillers are so versatile, they can work to treat a wide range of cosmetic issues. Dr. Parkins uses fillers to address sagging in the mid-face, heaviness around the chin and jawline, loss of skin firmness around the nose and mouth, frown and squinting lines, thin and flat lips, hollowness under the eyes, and nose asymmetries or bumps.
A dermal filler’s duration depends on the specific type being injected. Some options can provide a desired effect for six to nine months, while others smooth skin or create contours that last as long as two years.
If you have questions about which filler is best for you and what you can expect from a treatment at Parkins Plastic Surgery, we encourage you to call our office and speak to a member of our team.
How Dermal Fillers Help You Look Younger
When skin is hydrated and full, fine lines and wrinkles are diminished. As we age, we naturally produce less collagen, elastin, and even our own hyaluronic acid. This, in combination with the effects of gravity, makes skin droop and creates papery and dry soft tissue.
Hyaluronic acid is used in many dermal fillers to create a plumping and lifting effect. Compare this to neuromodulators, like BOTOX® and Dysport®, which inhibit muscle activity to smooth the skin, but do not add volume.
Hyaluronic acid molecules’ size is what allows them to remain in place at the treatment site, holding many times their weight in water molecules to create a fuller look. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, so treatments are well tolerated, which makes dermal fillers popular among many patients.
Other dermal fillers work as collagen stimulators. The active ingredient in Sculptra®, for example, is poly-L lactic acid, which activates natural regeneration processes in skin cells responsible for creating new collagen molecules. Increased collagen improves support and resilience in the skin.
Dermal Filler Treatments in the Milwaukee and Madison Area
Dr. Parkins will discuss a customized treatment plan for you based on your personal goals, the degree of correction needed, and her physical assessment of your face.
Once a dermal filler is chosen, numbing cream will be applied to the targeted areas to help with comfort during the treatment. Ice is also used to decrease any pain that may be caused by the injections.
You may notice some slight bruising as you heal. Patients are advised to minimize activity for 24 hours after their treatment, which helps prevent excess bruising from increased blood pressure. Patients who are concerned about swelling after their dermal filler injections can apply ice packs to soothe the area.
The full scope of a treatment plan may be carried out over a few sessions to ensure that results look as natural as possible and that you achieve the desired effect. Patients may have a follow-up visit a few weeks or months later to touch up and supplement their initial results, if they wish. Depending on the dermal filler applied, maintenance injections may not be necessary for six months to two years.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dermal Fillers
Can Dermal Fillers Correct Jowling?
Fillers can be a nonsurgical solution to mild and moderate jowling. Injections of certain formulas, such as Voluma®, lift and firm skin, as well as correct the heaviness and droopiness around the jaw and chin from the natural aging process. Significant drooping and excess skin may need to be corrected with a lower facelift, but the approach for each patient will depend on the state of their face and their goals.
How Much Bruising is Normal?
Bruising can depend on where a dermal filler is applied and how many injections are necessary. Areas with delicate skin, such as under the eyes, are more likely to bruise. Mild bruising is normal anywhere, but the discoloration can be minimized with after-care tips from Dr. Parkins, such as taking an arnica montana supplement and applying ice to the area after a treatment. Patients with slightly higher blood pressure than normal may find that they bruise more easily. Avoiding any blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, for a week prior to injections can also help prevent bruising.