|Soft Tissue Fillers, Lip Augmentation and Liquid Lift|
Soft Tissue Fillers, Lip Augmentation and Liquid Lift Question and Answer
What is Soft Tissue Augmentation?
Soft tissue augmentation is a procedure used to instantly enhance your appearance, without down time, by filling in depressed facial wrinkles and augmenting the lips, cheeks, jaw, chin, nose, eyes, nasal folds or backs of hands to give them a fuller, more youthful appearance.
What are the best products for Soft Tissue Augmentation?
Preferred modern fillers include Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane and Perlane. These products are extremely safe and predictable for use as fillers in the skin. We have safely treated thousands of patients with these products with no serious side effects.
What areas can be treated with Soft Tissue Augmentation?
The most popular uses of soft tissue fillers are lip augmentation and the treatment of facial wrinkles. Other treatable areas include hollow cheeks, depressed tear troughs under the eyes, deep and superficial facial lines, depressed scars, skin folds, frown lines, backs of hands, earlobes, nasal reconstruction/non-surgical nose job and crow’s feet.
What is a Liquid Lift or Liquid Face Lift?
In broad terms, a non-surgical Liquid Face Lift is the use of a combination of various fillers and botox to transform your face without the risk or downtime of a traditional face lift. This is often used in combination with photorejuvenation or other laser and skin care options. Dr. LaMond’s goals for the liquid lift are the following:
How long does the treatment take?
Stunning, surgical-like results can be obtained in 30 minutes or less.
Are the products used safe?
Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse and Juvederm have been used safely in thousands of patients in our clinic and in millions of patients world-wide.
What are the most common risks with soft tissue filler augmentation?
The most common side effects are minor bruising and swelling. These can likely be prevented by applying pressure and ice for a few minutes following the treatment. Another less common side effect is lumpiness. If this occurs, the area can be massaged to even out the treatment and remove any lumps. On rare occasions, a tissue reaction called granulomas (tiny lumps that can’t be massaged out) may occur and will often resolve within a couple of weeks, typically these can only be felt and not seen. Also on rare occasions, additional side effects such as allergic reactions and intravascular injects can occurs.
Is Soft Tissue Augmentation painful?
At ResultSPA, we use a combination of topical anesthetic cream and local anesthesia to eliminate nearly all discomfort.
How Long will the Results Last?
Typically, results will last for up to 12 months or longer for most soft tissue augmentation. The longevity of the results is improved with the use of Botox to relax muscle activity which will break down the material faster. The use of non ablative or non invasive laser will also help maintain results due to stimulation of collagen production and fortification of the filler.
Will I need to take time off work to have treatment?
No. Treatments using small needles, pressure and skin cooling, make it rare for a patient to be unable to immediately return to work or social situations. Any minor swelling and bruising is easily covered with makeup and not generally noticeable to others.
Can any physician or nurse do Soft Tissue Augmentation Treatments?
Remember, anyone can buy paint, but not everyone is an artist. Artistic skill combined with good medical and cosmetic judgment is the key to a great cosmetic result.
Although it may be legal for a physician or a nurse to perform the treatments, a broad range of experience and knowledge of all cosmetic procedures, including soft tissue augmentation, will assure the best results for you. Dr. LaMond is the leading provider of soft tissue fillers in Western North Carolina.