With time, exposure to the sun and other harmful elements, skin components break down. The skin looses structure and volume. Unwelcome lines, folds and wrinkles appear. Cosmetic fillers can help to decrease wrinkles and fold, make scars less prominent, and add volume to the lips.
The appearance of wrinkles, facial folds and scars can be smoothed by adding structure and volume underneath, thereby bolstering the overlying skin. This is done by injecting materials into the skin to achieve a temporary filling effect. At Progressive Laser we perform a detailed examination and determine the best filler for you to achieve the desired cosmetic effect.
Dermal Fillers fill in lines, folds, and furrows, increase fullness and make lips fuller. We offer Restylane, Juviderm, Capitique Hylaform Plus, Radiesse, and Sculptra. Areas that benefit from dermal fillers are lips, lip lines, laugh lines, marionette lines, jowls, furrows, facial/acne scars and hollows around the eyes.
Made from hypo-allergenic, biodegradable hyaluronic acid, Restylane® is very similar to Perlane, but is used more for facial wrinkles and contouring than for lip augmentation. The effects of Restylane® can be expected to last about six months. Thanks to its safety and the potential longevity of its effects, Restylane® has become one of the most popular non-surgical treatments in the world of cosmetic surgery today.
Hyaluronic acid has become accepted—and even preferred—for use in wrinkle treatment. However, some people have allergic reactions to hyaluronic acid products synthesized from bovine or avian tissue. Juvéderm® is made of hypo-allergenic, biosynthesized, non-animal hyaluronic acid, so it is free of allergens that may cause adverse reactions in some patients. Juvéderm® offers the same cosmetic benefits provided by animal-based hyaluronic acid skin fillers, but without the risk of allergic reaction. Juvéderm® comes in several concentrations for treatment of different types of wrinkles and creases.
Hylaform® is a hypo-allergenic, injectable skin filler made of highly purified avian hyaluronic acid that mimics the effects of the natural hyaluronic acid found in the body. Hyaluronic acid is a natural moisturizer that attracts and binds water, helping to support and lubricate the skin. Over time, hyaluronic acid in the skin diminishes, leaving the skin loose and less elastic. Hylaform® replenishes your body’s natural hyaluronic acid to help restore a more youthful appearance to your skin.
In recent years, many exciting new products have been introduced for use in cosmetic dermatology. Captique™ is a new hypo-allergenic wrinkle filler made of non-animal hyaluronic acid. Captique™ provides outstanding aesthetic enhancement by filling facial wrinkles and smoothing skin, and it has a lower incidence of adverse side effects than animal-based hyaluronic acid fillers, which may cause allergic reactions in some people. Even when minor redness or swelling around the injection site of a Captique™ wrinkle treatment does occur, in most cases it dissipates in a matter of hours.
Radiesse™ is a hypo-allergenic injectable skin filler that contains microspheres comprised mainly of calcium and phosphate ions, which occur naturally in the human body. After Radiesse™ is injected, thin tissue forms around the microspheres, filling wrinkles and creating a semi-permanent support structure for the skin. Radiesse™ stimulates the body to produce new collagen which si the tissue that forms around the microspheres. Results may last up to two years or more, though touchup procedures may be needed.
(Formerly Radiance™)-calcium hydroxy apatite Sculptra® is the brand name of Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA). It is a skin filler that is diluted in sterile water and injected beneath the skin. A very effective wrinkle treatment, Sculptra® works unlike most other skin fillers. After Sculptra® is injected into the body, it stimulates the formation of new collagen, which increases skin volume and fills wrinkles. Sculptra® is often used in cosmetic dermatology for patients suffering from facial lipoatrophy, the loss of facial fat. Sculptra® treatment has been described as a “liquid face lift” for this reason.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a simple, nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily relax and smooth moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people from 18 to 65 years of age. It is the only treatment of its type approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
BOTOX® is used for a browlift, to decrease the appearance of forehead creases, crows feet and neck and mouth lines.
One 10-minute treatment—a few tiny injections—and within days there’s a noticeable improvement in moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, which can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those frown lines between the brows to form over time.