M.D. Claiborne & Associates, L.L.C. - Dermatology Specialists
Dermal fillers (Restylane / Juvederm) are products used to correct the signs of facial aging and wrinkles. As we age, our face loses the bony support in the upper parts of the face, causing the face to become flatter and sag. Dermal fillers correct this loss by adding volume to parts of the face – this is the so-called “Liquid Facelift.” Dr. Cole Claiborne has extensive training in dermal fillers and has presented at several cosmetic conferences throughout the country. He served as Cosmetic Chief Resident during this dermatology training. His ultimate goal is to make you look subtly enhanced and not overtly altered.
Common areas of treatment include the cheeks, lips, temples, smile lines, jowls, hands, under eyes, and nasolabial folds (between upper lip and nose) among many other areas.
Two basic types of dermal fillers exist: Hyaluronic Acid Based and Non-Hyaluronic Acid Based. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your body that helps to hold the skin taut and plump. The quantity of this product dwindles as we age, thus causing lines and wrinkles. Products such as Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, and Belotero are all hyaluronic acid based injectable products used for non-surgical correction of moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles.
Non-Hyaluronic Acid based injectable fillers include Radiesse, Sculptra, and Bellafill. Unlike hyaluronic acid based products, these product are non-dissolvable but do typically last at least twice as long (at least 2 years). In 2015, Radiasse was FDA approved for hand augmentation.
If you feel as though you have thin lips, sagging cheeks, under eye wrinkling, or excess smile lines fillers may be your solution.
Both families of dermal fillers are a well-tolerated in office procedure that typically takes about 30 minutes. Dr. Claiborne applies numbing cream prior to the procedure to enhance comfort. Dr. Claiborne typically advises his patients to stop taking any non-essential blood thinners such as aspirin or NSAIDs prior to the procedure to minimize bruising.