As part of the aging process, the face loses volume, and the skin becomes lax due to a breakdown of collagen. We use dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® to restore volume and for lip injections at our Livermore med spa serving Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, and other surrounding cities.
While botulinum toxins such as Dysport®, XEOMIN®, and BOTOX® Cosmetic may relax the facial muscles and keep them from producing wrinkles, they will not restore lost volume or address facial contouring. Fillers can help to restore volume to the mid-face, lips, cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and temples. We also offer KYBELLA double chin injections to slim the neck and chin.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable substances that add volume just beneath the skin. Fillers have become exceptionally popular among clients of all ages, thanks to their versatility and minimal recovery time. When performed by an experienced provider such as one of our skilled medical professionals, they offer natural-looking results that highlight and enhance your best features. We offer a full range of injectable filler formulations to suit as many unique aesthetic needs as possible. At your consultation, your provider will discuss each of your options and use his or her expertise to recommend the best product for you.
The JUVÉDERM collection of fillers is made from hyaluronic acid (HA). What’s interesting about HA is that it’s a natural substance in the skin that delivers nutrients, helps the skin retain moisture and softness, and adds volume. Each product in the JUVÉDERM collection of fillers is made from a modified form of HA. JUVÉDERM can be used to treat the marionette lines around the nose and mouth or to enhance the lips or other features of the face.
JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA can be an ideal option for the lips, lines around the mouth, and adding cheek-area volume. JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA is formulated with VYCROSS®, which makes this filler one of the smoothest available. It is a long-lasting, soft, smooth gel that can be particularly ideal for lip injections.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA was the first HA filler FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the cheek area. If you’re looking to plump cheeks that have sunken over time, this injectable is a quick, convenient approach.
Restylane is another HA filler that is most similar to the body’s own HA. It can be used to visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, and also to add fullness to your lips.
Crafted with XpresHAn Technology™, Restylane Defyne helps smooth out deep laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines). Using innovative cross-linking technology, Restylane Defyne is an HA filler that helps restore a more youthful, natural-looking appearance, while helping you maintain your natural expressions.
As skin loses elasticity with age, the lines that run from the sides of your nose toward the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds) and the lines that run from the corners of your mouth toward the chin (marionette lines) appear more noticeable. Restylane Refyne is a specifically formulated HA filler that helps correct lines for a more natural look to your face. The unique cross-linking of the gel in Restylane Refyne is also designed to create results that help maintain natural movement when you’re smiling, frowning, and even puckering up.
Restylane Kysse is an injectable HA gel formulated for lip injections. The filler is designed to increase lip volume and improve the appearance of lines around the mouth. Many people find it feels especially natural in the lips thanks to its cross-linking properties that help it integrate seamlessly with your natural lip tissue.
Over time, natural fat begins to deteriorate, resulting in sagging skin, more prominent wrinkles, and reduced volume. Restylane Lyft, formerly known as Perlane-L®, is an injectable HA gel used to correct volume loss and treat wrinkles in the face and hands. Restylane Lyft is specifically designed to add fullness to the cheeks, mid-face area, and the back of the hands to help complete your aesthetic rejuvenation.
Restylane Silk’s particles are smaller than those in other formulations, which allows for especially natural-looking results in and around the lips. it’s a popular option for vertical lip lines (smoker’s lines).
RADIESSE is an injectable dermal filler that temporarily adds volume to help smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and gives an immediate lifting and firming effect in the skin. Once injected, RADIESSE directly provides volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging because of the calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise the product. Both the gel and the microspheres are completely broken down by the body over time. RADIESSE is best used for deeper wrinkles. One of the most innovative uses for RADIESSE is the enhancement of cheeks and mid-face.
Bellafill is the only dermal filler that stimulates collagen growth long term to help maintain your youthful appearance for up to 5 years. Bellafill’s tiny, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres are suspended within a base of smooth collagen gel. Once injected, the collagen gel immediately reduces the look of smile lines. Over time, your body uses the microspheres in Bellafill to create a “scaffold” onto which your own natural collagen can develop. This collagen forms a foundation that adds volume to wrinkles, reducing their appearance and giving you natural-looking results that feel soft and smooth.
BELOTERO BALANCE is an HA filler approved by the FDA to smooth moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. When injected into the dermis, BELOTERO evenly integrates with your own dermal tissues and discreetly enhances your facial contours for added confidence. One of the major uses of BELOTERO is fine wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.
Sculptra works differently from the HA fillers because it stimulates the growth of your own collagen to restore lost facial volume. Because it acts to stimulate collagen growth, the results from Sculptra are typically not immediately apparent and may take several months before you notice a difference. The results, however, tend to be more natural-looking and can last for years.
How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost in Livermore?
The cost of dermal fillers varies based on the filler formulation itself and the amount injected. When you meet with one of our skilled providers for a consultation, he or she will discuss pricing with you based on the recommended product and volume.
Dermal Filler FAQ
How long do dermal filler results last?
Fillers tend to last between 6 and 18 months, depending on where the fillers are placed and how deep the wrinkles are. Once injected, the effects can be seen straight away; however, it takes around 3 days for the filler to settle fully.
Are dermal fillers safe?
All of the fillers we use are FDA approved, making these treatments very safe when injected into the right patient by our highly trained and experienced providers.
Do dermal filler injections hurt?
The newest formulations contain lidocaine to improve your comfort during treatment. That means you only feel a small pinch from the tiny needle used to puncture your skin. Most patients describe this as very mild.
Are dermal fillers better than BOTOX?
These treatments are typically used for different purposes, so the “best” choice depends on the concerns you are addressing and the results you hope to attain. Many filler patients have BOTOX treatments done as well to make their facial rejuvenation more complete.
Is it safe to kiss after getting lip fillers?
We recommend waiting a day or two before doing any kissing beyond a quick peck. It’s likely your lips will be tender for the first few days anyway.
What Is KYBELLA?
KYBELLA is an innovative, non-invasive, FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of fat beneath the chin without surgery. Submental fullness due to fat beneath the chin can be caused by genetics, weight gain, or aging. Diet and exercise may not reduce this fullness. KYBELLA injected into the fat beneath the chin destroys your fat cells, and once destroyed, these cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
How Long Does KYBELLA Last?
KYBELLA results are noticeable at 4 to 6 weeks and last for years, which means that touch-ups shouldn’t be needed.
What Is KYBELLA Recovery Like?
After a KYBELLA treatment, you will likely have some swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin for about 3 days. Be sure to inform your healthcare professional if you develop an uneven smile, facial muscle weakness, or difficulty swallowing.
What Should I Tell My Doctor Before My KYBELLA Treatment?
Before receiving KYBELLA, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin
- Have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin
- Have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area
- Have had or have trouble swallowing
- Have bleeding problems
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if KYBELLA will harm your unborn baby)
- Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if KYBELLA passes into your breast milk; so talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive KYBELLA)
- Are taking any medications, especially blood thinners
Your provider will confirm whether you are a candidate for a safe and effective treatment.
What Do I Do If I Gain Weight After Using KYBELLA?
While KYBELLA removes a number of fat cells in the submental area, there are still some fat cells remaining. The remaining fat cells can still expand with weight gain, but there are fewer fat cells remaining. So even if there was weight gain after KYBELLA treatment, the fullness should be to a lesser degree, and the contour should still show some improvement.
How Many KYBELLA Treatments Will I Need to See Results?
The number of treatments required will vary significantly from person to person. An average of 2 to 4 treatments is typically needed. It takes about 4 weeks to begin to see the results from a treatment, and the treatments are typically spaced about 6 weeks apart. Usually, the amount of product needed for each treatment will decrease for subsequent treatments.
Would you like to learn more about enhancing your facial shape with dermal fillers or KYBELLA? request a consultation online or call (925) 579-2510 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.