Aging leaves its marks in the form of lines, wrinkles, facial folds, and even a loss of facial volume. All are common concerns for both men and women as they get older. Why? Over time our skin loses essential substances responsible for keeping our skin looking young, such as collagen, elastin, and natural moisture. Facial fillers (also called dermal fillers) are designed to address these signs of aging.
Facial fillers may be right for you if you are concerned about:
Certain fillers can also be used to enhance the appearance of areas other than the face, such as to restore fullness for bony or veiny hands.
At Plastic Surgical Associates in Colorado, we offer a wide range of fillers to ensure each individual is able to achieve his or her unique goals. During your consultation, Dr. Duncan or our certified nurse practitioner will take a close look at your skin and listen carefully to your concerns and expectations to make a professional recommendation as to which filler or type of filler might be best for your specific case.
The following types of fillers are available at our Colorado practice.
Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are some of the most popular options. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance that is found in our skin and helps retain moisture for a healthy look and feel. These fillers work by replenishing HA in our skin to improve skin hydration and restore a youthful plumpness.
Fillers like Belotero and Restylane use different variations of HA gel to address a variety of concerns from nasolabial folds to a loss of volume in the cheeks and even thinning lips. For example, Restylane’s Silk™ filler is specifically designed for lip enhancement whereas Lyft™ (by Restylane) is great for restoring fullness in the cheeks and even achieving a subtle lift. Our trained staff will be able to help you make an informed decision about the right filler during your personal consultation.
Because hyaluronic acid-based fillers are formulated using a natural substance, there is a lower chance of allergic reaction than with other synthetic gel fillers. Most hyaluronic acid-based fillers require little to no downtime and achieve results that can be enjoyed immediately. Results from hyaluronic acid gel fillers could last for anywhere from six months to up to two full years.
Radiesse is a synthetic gel filler that is well known for its incredible, volumizing effect. This filler is formulated using calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres that are suspended within a clear gel solution. When injected, the gel adds immediate volume and continues to work by stimulating your body’s natural production of collagen for extremely long-lasting benefits.
This volumizing filler is great for diminishing the appearance of deep facial wrinkles and folds, and it can also help restore larger areas of volume and fullness that has been lost with age. In addition to its incredible benefits for the face, Radiesse is also popular for treating aging of the hands.
Radiesse is not right for everyone, and Dr. Duncan or our certified nurse practitioner will need to check for any allergies before recommending this filler. Radiesse requires little to no downtime and provides immediate and gradual benefits. You may experience some minor side effects, such as redness or itching, but these will typically fade within a few days of treatment. Many of our patients treated with Radiesse continue to see the benefits of their treatment for up to a full year.
A facial fat transfer is a very natural way to restore facial volume using your body's own harvested fat. To perform this procedure, donor fat will need to be taken from an area of your body where you might have some excess or stubborn fat. These fat cells are then cleansed and prepared in order to be re-injected into specific areas of the face to achieve your desired outcome.
Small amounts of liposuction will be performed in order to collect the needed fat cells. Our patients love the idea that they are restoring a younger, fuller facial appearance while losing unwanted fat in areas such as the abdomen, hips, and thighs. If you do not have a lot of excess fat, a facial fat transfer may not be the right choice for you.
This natural fat filler treatment can help restore large amounts of volume and create very natural-looking fullness for the face. Results from a facial fat transfer are extremely long-lasting. Depending on your treatment and how much fat is removed for injection, you may experience a short period of downtime.
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Unlike a traditional fat transfer procedure, Allofill does not require any surgery for the harvesting of donor fat cells. It is formulated with a natural allograft fat tissue and can be used to restore volume and fullness where essential fat has been lost with age (such as the cheeks and other areas of the face or body). Because Allofill does not require your own fat, it can help those who may not have had enough donor fat to be used for a traditional fat transfer.
The results from Allofill will be noticeable immediately following your treatment with Dr. Duncan or our certified nurse practitioner. You may experience some minor side effects such as redness, bruising, or itching at the injection site, but these will fade within the first week.
Achieving results that look as natural as they do youthful requires the experience and eye of a trained physician. Our team takes the necessary time with each of our patients to ensure we understand their specific concerns and goals. We will make treatment recommendations based on the consultation and will personalize the filler treatment to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Dr. Duncan’s artistic style results in dramatic, yet natural improvements. She works with each individual patient to create a personalized treatment plan based on his or her unique situation and desired goals. We would love to speak with you about achieving the best version of yourself. Call Plastic Surgical Associates in Fort Collins today at 970.493.7445 or click the button below to request a consultation. You can also email us any inquiries at [email protected].Contact Our Office