Dr. Guida has exceptional experience in the area of cosmetic injectable fillers – substances that can be injected into the skin to fill in wrinkles, add definition, and even re-build facial areas. Importantly, Dr. Guida believes that the ultimate goal of this type of procedure is to create a natural, youthful look. His artistic eye is invaluable in this approach.
As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and years of facial movement. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking smooth and youthful begins to break down, causing laugh lines, crow’s feet and squint lines on the face to become permanent creases, often causing an older, weathered, tired look.
Soft tissue fillers can help fill in these lines, temporarily restoring a smoother, more youthful appearance. When injected beneath the skin surface, these fillers plump up the wrinkled and sunken areas of the face. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks. These injectables can be used alone or in conjunction with a resurfacing laser, chemical peel, or facelift to enhance a more youthful, yet natural look.
One main advantage of injectable fillers is that they provide an immediately visible cosmetic improvement with no significant downtime. Right after the treatment, one can apply make up and feel comfortable being seen socially.
While there are many injectables to choose from, not all of them are created equal. Whatever your choice, Dr. Guida can help guide you to selecting the right injectable for your needs.
Restylane® is an excellent cosmetic filler that has been used in more than 1.5 million treatments in over 60 countries. It is now FDA approved in the U.S. for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane® is most commonly used filler by Dr. Guida at this time, replacing the use of collagen injections in the last year for most patients. Restylane’s use in the United States has sky rocketed since FDA approval due to its immediate cosmetic benefits, ease of use, no allergic reaction, and long lasting effects. It has been found to last anywhere from 6 to 9 months, and sometimes longer.
Juvederm® was recently approved by the FDA in the U.S. for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds. Juvederm®, which is quite similar to Restylane®, is another non-animal form of cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Juvederm® is biosynthetic and of non-animal origin. Since it is not created from an animal source, there is little chance of allergic reaction. The formula is highly biocompatible, and no testing is required prior to administration. It has been proven to be safe and effective for skin of all types and colors
In the medical world, the fat injection technique is known as autologous fat transplantation or microlipoinjection. It involves extracting fat from a patient’s abdomen, thighs, buttocks, or elsewhere and injecting them beneath the skin surface. Fat is commonly used to fill in “sunken” cheeks or laugh lines between the nose and mouth, to correct skin depressions or indentations, to minimize forehead wrinkle, or to enhance the lips.
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