Plastic Surgeons of Alaska
Alaska Regional Hospital
2741 Debarr Road #215
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 563-2002
Fax: (907) 562-7628
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Restylane® & Juvederm® Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers can help fill hollows and soften fine lines and wrinkles on the face, lips, jawline, and chest. At our Anchorage practice, we offer the Restylane® & Juvederm® families of fillers to address concerns like smile lines, marionette lines, neck bands, sagging cheeks, and volume loss due to aging.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Restylane and Juvederm dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), and are injected into the upper layers of skin tissue to fill and soften wrinkles around the mouth, lift and fill cheeks, plump and fill lips, and even fill in areas where volume is needed, like the chin and backs of hands.
Using a fine needle or cannula, your provider injects filler into the areas where volume is needed. Using their training and experience, our team of board-certified plastic surgeons use dermal fillers to reverse the signs of aging, softening and improving skin’s appearance to help you look your best. The results are natural looking, and last 6 to 12 months, depending on the area treated.
What Are Hyaluronic Acid Fillers?
Hyaluronic Acid, a substance found in all living organisms, is an injectable filler used to correct fine lines and wrinkles in the skin.. It is one of the components of skin that gives fullness to the tissues. Hyaluronic Acid is identical to human HA but is formed in the laboratory: it does not come from animals or humans so allergic reactions are rare and test dosing is not needed. Hyaluronic Acid is approved by the FDA and has been used since 1996 worldwide. It is completely reabsorbed by the body and as such, the results of the injection cannot be considered to be permanent. The effects usually last about 6 months.
Hyaluronic Acid injections produce results similar to collagen injections but last about twice as long and have fewer allergic reactions. It works differently than Botox® (which weakens muscle activity) but may be used in conjunction with Botox® to treat stubborn areas.
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What Are the Risks Associated with Dermal Fillers?
As with any medical treatment there are associated risks. These include but are not limited to the following.
- Injection-associated risks of discomfort, redness, swelling, infection, bruising, bleeding at the site, itching, and tenderness may occur. Although these effects usually are gone in a few hours, they may last a couple of days and possibly up to a week. Swelling may be treated by applying ice.
- Visible lumps may occur following the injection. Rarely these may form little pustules that require additional treatment.
- Uneven settling of Hyaluronic Acid may require additional injections to achieve the desired effect.
- Multiple initial injections may be required to fill deeper wrinkles and folds.
- Repeat injections will be needed to achieve long term correction due to the complete reabsorption of Hyaluronic Acid.
- Depending on the area(s) and volumes of treatment, a local anesthetic may be required to provide comfort during the injection. Allergic reactions to the local medication can occur.
As with any cosmetic procedure, there is no guarantee that you will be satisfied with the results of the treatment. There is no guarantee that wrinkles and folds will be treated effectively with only one injection: multiple injections may be required to achieve the desired result. Even the best results are only temporary and repeat injections may be required as early as every 6 months.
Dermal Filler Alternatives
Alternatives to dermal filler injections include: no treatment, collagen injections or in special cases, reinjection of your own body fat following removal by liposuction.
Costs of treatment complications may not be covered by your medical insurance.