Injectable Fillers

A number of Dr. Daniel C. Mills’ patients come to his Aesthetic Plastic Surgery practice desiring a way to enhance their appearance without the use of invasive procedures such as brow lifts or facial implants. With injectable fillers, Dr. Mills is able to accommodate those patients by providing a non-invasive method that allows him to improve their self-confidence and meet their cosmetic enhancement goals.

Injectable fillers offer Dr. Mills’ patients a quick and effective method of achieving safe, subtle skin rejuvenation and revitalization at his Orange County plastic surgery practice. Contact the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery practice to schedule a consultation to learn about injectable fillers.

Learn more about the injectable fillers offered at the office of Dr. Mills

JUVÉDERM®

JUVEDERM® is quickly becoming one of the most popular injectable fillers for men and women alike at Dr. Mills’ Orange County practice. For those patients wishing to reduce the signs of aging in the face, the dermal filler can achieve a more youthful appearance by filling in fine lines and deep wrinkles while adding volume to facial features such as the lips. JUVEDERM® provides a soft look and smooth feel, while results can last anywhere from six to nine months, and often longer.


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JUVEDERM® is made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body. Because the dermal filler does not require allergy testing, there is no waiting period required. To provide greater comfort during the procedure, Dr. Mills often employs a local anesthetic before he uses a thin, fine needle to inject JUVEDERM® directly into the targeted treatment areas. Results are almost immediately apparent, but will continue to improve in the days following the procedure. A typical JUVEDERM® treatment session takes 30 minutes or less depending on the number of areas to be treated.

Dr. Mills generally sees little downtime associated with JUVEDERM® injections, and he tells patients they can expect to resume their daily routines directly after the procedure is performed. While some swelling and bruising can be expected, these mild side effects should dissipate within a few days.

Whether patients at the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery practice in Orange County are looking to rejuvenate deep wrinkles and fine lines, or augment the appearance of the lips for a more youthful, fuller aesthetic, the dermal injections usually last up to nine months, and often longer. However, the effects of JUVEDERM® can also be maintained by undergoing follow-up treatments with Dr. Mills.

Contact the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery practice to schedule a consultation regarding dermal fillers such as JUVEDERM® in the Laguna Beach, CA area.

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC

Brand new as of 2014, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is the first and only injectable filler of its kind to be approved by the FDA for volume enhancement in the cheeks and midfacial region of patients aged 21 and older. Designed to improve volume deficits in the cheeks while also helping to smooth moderate to severe wrinkles in the mid-face, this revolutionary treatment can often produce a more youthful contour for patients wishing to rejuvenate their facial appearance and address various signs of aging. Additionally, midfacial augmentation results achieved with JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC have been known to last up to two years.

Similar to the composition of JUVÉDERM®, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is composed of naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid that can often negate the need for allergy testing prior to treatment. Furthermore, this innovative filler contains a local anesthetic within its solution that can help reduce any potential discomfort that may occur throughout the treatment process.

During treatment, Dr. Mills will administer JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC using a thin needle. Treatment sessions typically take about 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas that need to be addressed. Unlike other dermal injectables, optimal results from JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC can often be achieved in as little as one treatment session.

Restylane

Starting in 2004, Dr. Mills’ office started offering the dermal filler, Restylane to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores fullness to the face. Most frequently, Dr. Mills uses Restylane to fill in the nasolabial folds and enhance the lips, including the vermillion border and/ or the upper and lower red lip. Restylane is the first and only cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the body and is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is a crystal-clear get called NASHA, or Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. NASHA is biodegradable and completely biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid. On average, Restylane lasts for six months.

Frequently Asked Questions About Restylane

Is Restylane safe?

es. Restylane has safely been used worldwide by dermatologists and plastic surgeons since 1996. Because Restylane is non-animal-based and fully biocompatible, allergy testing is not required. This quality virtually eliminates any risk of animal-based disease or allergic reaction. The most commonly reported side effects were temporary redness and swelling at the injection site. These effects typically resolve within two to three days.

Is Restylane approved by the FDA?

Yes. Restylane is FDA approved for use in the United States. It is only currently indicated for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.

Are there any side effects?

As with any injection, some common injection-related reactions may occur. The most common side effects are temporary redness and swelling at the injection site. These typically resolve within two to three days. Additionally, bruising may last four to five days when injecting into the lips.

How is Restylane administered?

Restylane is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts using an ultra fine needle. After the injection the area may be gently massaged to optimize contouring. Restylane is a simple and convenient procedure and results are practically instantaneous.

How often should I have Restylane treatments done?

Restylane lasts about twice as long as bovine collagen, so treatments are typically scheduled twice a year. Evidence shows that having a touch-up treatment before the product has fully dissipated will enhance the lasting effect.

Do Restylane injections hurt?

Restylane is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultra fine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. To make the procedure more comfortable local anesthetic can be used to numb the treatment area.

Can Restylane be used anywhere on the face?

Although Restylane has been used in more than one million treatments in over 60 countries to smooth wrinkles and deep facial folds and to enhance the appearance and fullness of lips, in the U.S., it is currently indicated only for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.

Radiesse

Radiesse™ is another dermal filler option for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. In addition, the FDA-approved dermal filler can also add volume to Dr. Mills’ patients that have been affected by facial lipoatrophy, otherwise known as hollowness in the cheeks. With Radiesse™, results typically last longer than other facial fillers, as the solution works to stimulate collagen production while encouraging facial tissues to regenerate. Formerly known as Radiance, Radiesse™ gives patients desiring a more youthful appearance a non-invasive, long-term option for cosmetic enhancement.

Typically used to treat nasolabial folds, lips, lines and wrinkles, and depressed scars, Radiesse™ carries a minimal risk for allergic reaction because it is composed of microspheres in a biocompatible gel, which contains the same minerals found in human bones. At Dr. Mills’ Orange County, CA practice, the procedure generally takes about 15 minutes depending on the number of areas being treated. Because Radiesse™ is injected into the targeted area with a thin needle, Dr. Mills performs the procedure using a local anesthetic at the treatment site to numb the area before injection.

Little to no recovery is required, as patients can typically return to their normal routines immediately after the Radiesse™ injections. Some patients may experience bruising and swelling around the treatment area, but these symptoms should disappear within several days.

With results typically seen immediately following the procedure, many Radiesse™ patients see results last anywhere from 12 to 24 months. Once the effects of the dermal filler begin to wear off, patients can return to Dr. Mills for touch-up treatment to maintain their youthful appearance.

Artefill

Artefill is an FDA-approved dermal filler that Dr. Mills offers for the correction of the wrinkles and smile lines commonly referred to as “nasolabial folds.” Artefill is well known for it’s long lasting results against wrinkles and smile lines and can be used to add volume other areas such as the cheeks and marionette lines.   Artefill is administered by injecting underneath the target area, just above the skin’s fat layer. Most patients will require 1 or 2 treatments, depending on the severity of their wrinkles and folds and there is zero downtime associated with this procedure.

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