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Injectable Fillers

Patients looking for injectable fillers in Austin can benefit from a visit to Quintessence Plastic Surgery. At Quintessence, acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aisha White offers a number of effective Juvederm® filler products for facial rejuvenation and more.

Many people are first introduced to plastic surgery through Botox® and fillers. While Botox is ideal for superficial wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, injectable fillers are better for moderate and deep lines caused by lost volume. Fillers can be used to efface static lines, restore volume, or correct contour irregularities.

The Science Behind Injectable Fillers

Not all fillers are created equally. Fillers are comprised of a variety of substances and can vary in thickness, degree of water retention, and longevity of results; therefore, certain fillers are more suitable for one area of the body compared to another.

All of our dermal fillers are composed of a substance called hyaluronic acid. This substance is found naturally in the body. Our skin’s volume and moisture are provided by hyaluronic acid that has bonded to water molecules.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the body that helps to maintain moisture in the skin. As we get older, levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin decline.

Over time, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our skin declines, leading to wrinkles, volume deficiencies, and an aged look. Injectable fillers can supplement the skin’s supply of this substance, restoring youthful vitality.

Here are 5 things to know about hyaluronic acid:

  1. Hyaluronic acid helps to retain moisture in the skin and improve skin elasticity to keep skin hydrated and plump.
  2. Hyaluronic acid can also smooth fine lines and improve skin’s texture.
  3. Hyaluronic acid comes in topical forms (creams and serums) and is a common ingredient in many skincare products!
  4. Hyaluronic acid also comes in injectable forms (e.g. the Juvederm family of fillers- Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, and Vollure) that are administered by health care professionals. Even though all of these fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers, they vary in molecule size, water absorption, and longevity to produce different results.
  5. Hyaluronic acid is safe and beneficial for all skin types. For best results, it should be combined with a moisturizer when used by people with dry skin. It is also great to use post-treatments, like after chemical peels or microneedling.

Our Injectable Options

We offer some of the best injectable fillers available to help patients achieve their beauty goals. Below is a list of the injectable fillers offered at our Austin location:

  • Juvederm Ultra: Fills in moderate and harsh age lines and volumizes thin lips
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus: Fills in deeper age lines and is a more robust gel
  • Volbella: Used for lip augmentation and to fill in perioral lip lines
  • Vollure: Fills in deeper age lines and is a softer gel
  • Voluma: Volumizes gaunt and sagging cheeks

Aside from fillers, we also offer Kybella, an injectable product used to contour away a double chin without the need for liposuction.

After months of feeling self-conscious about a deep indentation under my eye, I decided to receive a consultation from Dr. White. She was incredible, patient, and addressed all of my questions and concerns. She educated me on the filler used to smooth out the surface under my eye and I could not be more pleased with the results. I left her office feeling empowered and confident. Thank you, Dr. White!!!
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Lip Fillers

Here are 5 things to know about lip fillers:

  1. Hyaluronic acid fillers are used for lip augmentation. There are a variety of fillers that can be used for this procedure; they vary in molecule size, water absorption, and longevity to produce different results. I most commonly use the filler Volbella for those wanting a modest augmentation and the filler Juvederm for those wanting a more dramatic augmentation.
  2. A topical numbing cream is applied beforehand to help make the procedure more comfortable. Some of the fillers also contain a numbing medication mixed in with the filler in the syringe. Expect to be in the office for 45 minutes to an hour if you choose to numb beforehand; if not, the procedure can be as quick as 15 minutes.
  3. “I usually start with injecting 1 ml or less of filler to enhance the shape and increase the fullness of the lips. If you’re looking for a drastic change in your lip volume, that has to be built over time rather than having several milliliters of filler injected during one visit.” -Dr. White
  4. The filler gradually disappears over time. Results are expected to last for 9 months to a year. The results may be prolonged with the use of a topical hyaluronic acid like  Hyla 3D Lip; it smooths the appearance of fine lines around the lips, improves the texture of lips, and helps maintain lip moisture and plumpness.
  5. In our office, 1 ml of Volbella costs $550, and 1 ml Juvederm costs $550.
Lip Filler Before
Lip Filler After

Good Candidates for Injectable Fillers

Many prospective patients are concerned about whether or not they are eligible for dermal filler injections. This minimally invasive treatment method is a good match for most patients. If you are experiencing moderate to severe facial wrinkles, hollow cheeks, or thin lips, Juvederm fillers may be right for you.

Good candidates have realistic expectations for their dermal filler results. Viewing before and after photos before your treatment session will help you have a better understanding of your potential results.

Pregnant patients and patients with skin infections in the intended treatment areas are not ideal candidates for injectables. To learn more about this, speak with Dr. White during a consultation.

The Treatment Process and What to Expect

Injections are done during an office visit. First, the areas experiencing wrinkles or volume loss are marked as a guide for the injector. These areas may then be numbed with the help of a topical anesthetic or a local anesthetic. In many cases, fillers already contain a local anesthetic called lidocaine, making a pre-treatment injection of local anesthetic unnecessary.

The chosen injectable dermal filler is then carefully injected into the marked regions. This is a quick and convenient process, and the entire visit typically only takes 30 minutes or less.

Tear Trough Filler Before Photo of woman's eyes
Tear Trough Filler After Photo of woman's eyes

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Is There Any Recovery Time Needed?

There is very minimal post-procedural downtime required, and patients can typically go back to their everyday schedules quite quickly. Repeat injections are necessary to maintain the result.

How Much Do Injectable Fillers Cost?

If you’re interested in getting rejuvenating filler injections, you may be wondering about the price. Injectable fillers cost different amounts depending on where you go to get them, along with the amount of filler used and the number of sessions you come in for.

Find Out More About Your Cosmetic Injectable Options

To learn more about injectable fillers in Austin or the other nonsurgical cosmetic procedures we offer, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aisha White, contact us.

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