Having your first facial filler treatment might seem intimidating, and we at CEENTA are here to help. Here are some FAQs about Hyaluronic Acid fillers to help you choose.
Naturally made in your body, hyaluronic acid is a sugar most commonly found in your skin, joints, and eye fluid. This compound is in part responsible for your skin’s firmness. It diminishes over time which leads to wrinkles and facial lines. Hyaluronic acid is also dissolvable. It can be turned to water with a reversing agent. This makes hyaluronic acid fillers ideal especially for a first treatment as your desired result can be fine-tuned and altered as you wish.
Hyaluronic acid has many cosmetic and health uses. As a tablet, the compound has been used to treat joint pain and aid in skin hydration. Topically as a lotion or foam, hyaluronic acid is an ingredient in skin care used for hydration. When hyaluronic acid is used in fillers, it fills empty spaces in our tissue which improves the contours of the tissue. It is also known to stimulate collagen production in human skin.
Fillers made with hyaluronic acid are clear, smooth gels that are placed into your tissues with either a needle or a cannula, a straw-like instrument with a dulled tip. There are many different brands of fillers which serve different purposes in different parts of the body. While a cheekbone might be best treated with a firm filler that holds together and is cohesive, the lips look more natural with a thinner, softer, more spreadable version.
According to Dr. Catherine Cuite, a facial plastics specialist from our Southpark office, your ideal filler is based on the outcomes you want to achieve. “At CEENTA, we carry three different brands of fillers, including Revance. Each brand and filler has different proprietary formulations of hyaluronate that behave differently in the tissue. For each patient, we establish goals during consultation and choose fillers from this array of options to precisely meet our shared goals. No one patient treatment is ever the same as the next.”
Depending on the type of filler you and your provider choose and the area of the face that is injected, hyaluronic acid fillers last from six months up to two years. In the lips, which take thinner product and have significant movement, it usually lasts 4-6 months. Once you have had an adequate amount of filler for your goals, your result can be stable for as long as 5 years.
Compared to other fillers, hyaluronic acid fillers like Revance offer their own unique benefits. Dr. Cuite touts the special nature of the acid, remarking that it is "more similar to our natural human hyaluronic acid than any other fillers." As the only filler FDA approved for facial animation or movement, Revance fillers are made with a minimal amount of cross-linking, which could minimize the risk of adverse reactions. Dr. Cuite is also aware of the stringent research process, remarking, "Revance selects their product advocates and requires them to go through specific training, so this product is therefore not available to all injectors."
Performing facial assessments and being an expert injector is the providence of providers who are passionate about these products and who are trained to use them. The facial plastics specialists at CEENTA offer thorough consultations and are committed to giving you a great experience and a terrific outcome. Schedule your appointment with a facial plastic specialist like Dr. Cuite today to learn about the Revance filler procedure, what your options are for facial fillers, and which treatments are right for your goals. We look forward to seeing you.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. To make an appointment for a cosmetic filler consultation, call 704-295-3000. You can also schedule an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.
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