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Collagen and Fillers

For the last several years, patients have turned to collagen and other fillers to add volume, plump up lips, and correct wrinkles. While newer forms of injectable collagen are still used on occasion, there are several other fillers each with their own advantages that can be used to rejuvenate the face and hands.

The hyaluronic acids such as Juvederm are among the most popular. These fillers typically last for at least 6 months in areas like the lips, and longer in areas with less movement like the hollows of the cheeks. This filler can be used to plump the lips, blunt creases between the cheeks and the lips (the so-called nasolabial folds), and smoothen hollows between the eyelids and cheeks.

Injectable calcium hydroxyl apatite, or Radiesse, is an excellent choice to add volume to the face and blunt the nasolabial folds. It will last at least 12 months. Poly-L-lactic acid, or Sculptra, is another excellent option to restore volume to the face. This product can last several years and uses tiny particles of poly-l-lactic acid (which, like Radiesse, has a long safety record in other medical applications) to stimulate the body’s own collagen production. Since the body takes time to generate its own collagen , often 2 or 3 rounds of Sculptra therapy each separated by 6 weeks are required to obtain a more long-lasting volume change.

Before and After Photos

Browse a photo gallery of Washington University Physician patients' before and after photos of Botox and Non-Invasive Procedures and Fat Transfers here.

To learn more details about these and other fillers, review photos, or learn when we are having a free seminar applicable to your goals please visit us online at westcountyplasticsurgeons.wustl.edu.

 

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