Dermal Fillers

The youthful face is characterized by firm, smooth skin and highlights and shadows in aesthetically pleasing places. Much of this appearance is due to natural fat pads under our skin that provide lift and soft, natural contours. As we age, this fat deteriorates and shifts resulting in sagging skin, wrinkles and shadows in unwanted places (most easily recognized by the appearance of under eye shadows and bags). We now have a large selection of products that can be used to replace and lift these natural fat pads. After injection the face looks instantly softer, younger, and lifted while maintaining a completely natural look. Drs. Calkin and Boudreaux have a combined 40 years of experience in injecting dermal fillers. This experience means you can be confident that you will get the best results achievable with these products. Both doctors also have years of experience instructing other injectors in the best use of injectable fillers. At our office, only our physicians perform dermal injections so you can be assured you are in competent hands.
All fillers have low downtime although there is always some downtime. Minimal swelling is common and it usually resolves in 24-48 hours. Bruising is also usually minimal although on occasion it can be more dramatic. In our office we have the Vbeam laser which has been shown to dramatically decrease the time required for resolution of a bruise, and Vbeam treatment is included at no charge for all of our injectable patients. We can also provide help with makeup application should you desire. We usually recommend you schedule your filler treatments at least a week or two before any important social events in case you experience bruising.

Juvéderm®


Juvéderm Injectable Gel is a safe, effective gel that restores volume to the skin and smoothes away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm is the first FDA-approved dermal filler proven safe and effective for persons of color. The Juvéderm gel is made of hyaluronic acid with a smooth consistency, allowing for easy injections and instant, natural-looking results. There is no pre-testing needed for this procedure.

Topical or injectable anesthesia may be used during this procedure to numb the treatment area and minimize any potential discomfort. The results of this procedure are available right away and can usually last for up to a year, the longest results available from any hyaluronic acid product.

Juvéderm Voluma ® XC



Juvéderm Voluma® XC is the first soft-tissue filler FDA-approved to instantly add volume and lift to the cheek area. When done properly, the result is natural and subtle yet dramatic. Downtime is minimal and results can last up to 2 years. The injectable gel formula is composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in abundance in our skin. As with all other hyaluronic acid products, there is an enzyme available to remove the product should the rare need arise. This makes these products ideal for the anxious patient.

Restylane®


Restylane is an FDA-approved dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid that restores volume to the skin, lifting and smoothing out wrinkles and other fine lines. This procedure is most commonly used to treat the glabellar lines (between the forehead) and the nasolabial folds. It can also be used to add volume and shape to the lips.

Since Restylane is made from a natural substance found in the body, no pre-testing is required. Restylane produces results that last for several months through its unique ability to bind with water and remain in the skin. The results of this procedure are visible right away, and can last for several months, depending on the condition of the individual patient’s skin.

Restylane ® Lyft


Restylane® Lyft is a more robust form of original Restylane® and is FDA-approved to provide lift to cheeks and add volume to smooth the smile lines (nasolabial folds).
Restylane® Lyft is an injectable gel that uses a hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in abundance in our skin. As with all other hyaluronic acid products, there is an enzyme available to remove the product should the rare need arise. This makes these products ideal for the anxious patient.

Radiesse®


Radiesse is a synthetic injectable filler that has been approved by the FDA to reduce moderate to severe wrinkles, folds and creases around the nose and mouth by stimulating the natural production of collagen in the skin. This product is made of microspheres composed of calcium hydroxylapatite within a water-based gel and is made from minerals similar to what makes up our bones. Radiesse can be injected directly into the skin with no need for pre-testing.

Radiesse is most effective in reducing the appearance of smile lines, nasolabial folds, marionette lines and other wrinkles around the nose and mouth. The results of this procedure are visible immediately after the injection and can last for up to a year or even longer. With continued treatment, patients will require fewer and fewer injections.

BELOTERO BALANCE®


Unlike other fillers developed to lift and contour the face, BELOTERO BALANCE® is a hyaluronic acid injectable filler that completely integrates into skin tissue. This means that BELOTERO BALANCE® is specifically formulated to soften moderate-to-severe etched-in lines and wrinkles such as vertical lip lines. BELOTERO BALANCE® can also be used in thin skin areas such as under the eye without fear of the bluish discoloration that can occur when other hyaluronic acid fillers are injected too close to the surface.

Perlane®


Perlane is an injectable filler used to treat deep facial lines, augment the lips and contour the cheeks and chin. Made by the same company that produces Restylane®, Perlane contains purified hyaluronic acid, a sugar found naturally in the body that works with collagen to keep the skin smooth and supple. It is hypoallergenic and so does not require a pre-treatment skin test. With its unique ability to bind with water, Perlane continues to perform up to 60% longer than collagen.

Sculptra®


Sculptra is an injectable filler that restores facial fat lost by the effects of lipoatrophy, including sunken cheeks, hollow eyes and other indentations. This filler is injected below the surface of the skin in the areas of fat loss. The Sculptra injection consists of an alpha hydroxy acid called poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA. This product is safe, synthetic, biocompatible, biodegradable and long-lasting. No pre-testing is required for Sculptra treatments.

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