Melissa Hu, MD
BOARD CERTIFIED FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON
It's natural to take steps to look your best
Fillers are used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, folds, depressions and sagging tissues of the face. Traditional uses of fillers include treatment of nasolabial folds (creases from the nose to the mouth), marionette lines (crease from the corner of the mouth to the chin), tear troughs (hollowed areas around the eyes), and to fill the lips. Firmer forms of injectables such as Restylane Lyft and Voluma, can be used to support sagging tissues of the face.
By filling areas that gradually lose volume with age, fillers can lift tissues and treat drooping brows, sagging cheeks, down turned mouths, jowling, and hollowing of the the temples and face, and provide results of a "liquid facelift."
Fillers typically last 9 to 12 months. Some forms may last much longer, up to 2 years.
There are various types of fillers. The main two families are Restylane and Juvederm. Within each family, there are fillers of varying density and support.
Fillers may be used to cosmetically enhance the nose by blending a hump or other asymmetries to create a smooth nasal profile. It can also augment "flat" noses that have deficient nasal bridges and increase projection of the tip.
Full lips signify youth, openness, and friendliness. Natural enhancement requires knowledge of lip anatomy, respecting normal boundaries, and understanding the patient's desires.
Our fillers are made of hyaluronic acid. The advantages of this is that hyaluronic acid can easily be dissolved with an injection of hyaluronidase if necessary.
To decrease bruising, it is advised to stop aspirin and other NSAIDs at least 10 days before surgery. Arnica may also be taken a few days in adavance to help with bruising.
There may be increased swelling and potentially mild soreness in the region where fillers are placed for the first 2-3 days. Ice, elevation, and arnica help with resolution.
Fillers range from $400 - $700 a syringe. The volume and longevity of the filler often dictates the cost of the filler.
Before & After