Anti-Aging: Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse®
Aging is something we all have to deal with. But the good news is today, everyone is now living longer and we can choose to look younger without going through painful and expensive surgery. Here at Defy Nature, we can make that possible! We have many options for slowing down the aging process. Our qualified, friendly staff can offer you many solutions for smoothing out your unwanted fine lines, removing those crow’s feet, improving your skin’s elasticity, treating acne scarring, face veins, lip plumping, age spots and much more. You will actually see results after just one treatment. No kidding!
Restylane and Perlane
Restylane® products are safe and natural dermal fillers that restore volume and fullness to the skin to correct facial wrinkles and folds. Made of a substance called hyaluronic acid (a natural and very important part of skin structure), Restylane’s job is to replace the natural hyaluronic acid that diminishes with age – or was insufficient to begin with, as is the case with thin lips.
Why is hyaluronic acid important?
Young skin is smooth and elastic and contains a large amount of hyaluronic acid that helps the skin look healthy – almost like gelatin that’s been in the refrigerator. As we grow older, the ability of your skin to produce this “youth” component decreases. What used to be firm gelatin is now almost melting gelatin.
Since hyaluronic acid helps to bind water, the ability of the skin to retain water also declines with age. As a result, your skin becomes drier, thinner and less able to restore itself. The loss of skin fullness also means your skin becomes looser. This leads to wrinkling and an older appearance.
Lots of hyaluronic acid = Youthful skin appearance
The lower layer of your skin, the dermis, contains two protein fibers – collagen and elastin. These fibers support many of the active structures found in the dermal layer of your skin, things like hair follicles, oil glands, sweat glands and blood vessels. You can think of the fibers like the inner walls of a house. When the walls weaken, things start to sag.
When you’re young, your body keeps everything hydrated by floating these proteins and skin structures in an “ocean” of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid holds 1000 times its own weight in water, so it’s an incredible support molecule that helps keep your skin looking young.
Once there is decreased hydration, which happens to all of us as we get older, all these little components weaken and the skin structures lose flexibility. With time and exposure to things like sun, smoking, pollution, we lose all three – the collagen, elastin and that vital hyaluronic acid “ocean.” What we get as a replacement are wrinkles and lines and skin that’s lost much of its bounce-back and firmness.
Recreating lost Hyaluronic Acid
Recent advances in technology have made it possible to recreate this hyaluronic acid in a lab and stabilize it to make it more long lasting. It is known as NASHA gel–NonAnimal-derived Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid–and it enables us to instantly add back what we’ve lost in a simple quick office procedure.
Hyaluronic acid is such an important part of hydration that it exists in the same form in almost all species on Earth and has been around since the dinosaurs. And now, with these recent remarkable scientific advances, you can essentially stop in and ‘get a refill’ whenever you need it!
How does Restylane work?
Restylane, and the denser version called Perlane®, are identical content cosmetic dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in your body. The hyaluronic acid also creates volume in your face, giving it a healthy, youthful appearance. Perlane is used for deeper-planed injections, where more subdermal support is required and in areas under the eye where surface injections might be noticeable. Perlane is sometimes used as a “base” filler that is then topped with a less-dense filler such as Restylane or Juvederm.
When Restylane is injected directly into areas where the body’s support structures have been weakened,
depressions can be raised to the level of surrounding skin. This smoothes and minimizes facial lines and
most types of scars. In addition, skin texture is improved and has a softer and more even tone. See how
the use of Restylane can improve your looks
Watch this segment of Oprah and see her talk about Restylane
How is a Restylane procedure performed?
Restylane is injected directly into your skin in tiny amounts by an ultrafine needle or with a tiny flexible cannula, resulting in minimal discomfort. The integration of lidocaine further reduces any potential discomfort. The procedure is simple and quick, and results are practically instantaneous. A “lip block” may be used before the Restylane treatment to optimize your comfort during the short procedure if your treatment is in areas such as the lips or around the mouth. Numbing cream is used for other facial areas. Read about the new Micro-Cannula “needle-less” injection technique.
A Restylane treatment will actually fill the depressions in your skin and smooth out the skin’s surface, resulting in the
appearance of a more youthful complexion.
Where can Restylane be used?
- – the area between the eyebrows
- – the nasolabial folds
- – the area around the mouth
- – lip border definition
- – fuller lips
- – jowl area
Can I use Restylane with Botox?
Yes, and in many cases, we will recommend this wrinkle-fighting technique. By preventing extreme muscle movement, the Botox helps the Restylane last longer. It’s a synergistic effect that seems to prolong the positive effects of both.
How long will the results of a Restylane treatment last?
Restylane effects last between six and nine months. With a timed program of injections, you can see effects for up to 18 months.
Will Restylane work for me if I have facial hollows?
Restylane is an excellent wrinkle filler and lip volumizer, but like any filler, it has limitations. If you are experiencing the hollowness in your face that comes with fat loss (again, a natural result of aging for many women and men), you may want to explore a re-volumizer like Sculptra.
Sculptra is a collagen-promoting micro-particle implant that is injected deep in your skin. Results are not immediate, as it takes a number of months to become fully evident, but the replaced fullness is very long lasting.
Prior to a Restylane treatment, you should avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication or vitamin E supplements unless recommended by your doctor. If in doubt, please check with your primary physician before stopping any medications. read more about Restylane on the Restylane USA website.
The first and only FDA-approved products for lip enhancement
Setting the standard in lip enhancement
Restylane® and Restylane-L® are the first and only FDA-approved products for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years. And that’s great news—because who doesn’t want beautiful lips?
- Restylane is uniquely formulated to give your lips fullness and definition
- Restylane treatments can subtly enhance your lips
- Restylane provides natural-looking and lasting results with just one treatment—for up to 6 months
- Restylane gives you a level of correction you can’t get with cosmetics
Why choose Restylane or Restylane-L for lips
It’s only natural with all this focus on lips, that lipstick is one of the most-purchased cosmetics. It’s also natural to want to enhance the appearance of our lips if we feel that their shape or proportions are not well matched to our unique facial structure. Plus, as we age, our lips may lose volume. And using makeup to hide these flaws often has limited results. That’s why using Restylane for lips poses many benefits for lip enhancement, including:
- Restylane is non–animal-based, so there’s no need for allergy testing
- Treatment with Restylane usually takes less than an hour (individual treatment times vary)
- You and your doctor can decide on your treatment goals together, to help you achieve the look you desire and see lasting results up to 6 months
Now may be the right time to consider seeing us at Defy Nature for Restylane—you’ll get lips that say “you”—beautiful, natural looking, and just the way you want.
Voluma, a Unique New Filler, Gets FDA Approval
Juvéderm Voluma XC—Voluma for short—is the first filler approved by the FDA to claim it can “temporarily correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area of adults over the age of 21.”
What’s the secret to a youthful face? Smooth curves and full cheeks – two things that age so cruelly takes away. Never fear, with the release of Juvéderm Voluma XC, you can now volume to your face and regain that youthful appearance.
Used for cheek augmentation, Juvéderm Voluma XC is the first and only product designed to add volume to all areas of the cheeks: apex, apple and hollow. It can also be used to plump the chin and add definition to the jaw line.
Approved by the FDA in fall of 2013, Juvéderm Voluma XC adds actual volume to the cheeks and mid-face, letting you defy gravity with natural looking results. This product has been used very successfully in Europe since 2005, and it’s finally available in the United States.
Like other Juvéderm products, Juvéderm Voluma XC is a non-surgical, injectable gel. The difference is that Voluma is a volumizer rather than a filler, and it plumps the skin from the subdermal layer. While other products can help fill lines and smooth wrinkles, Juvéderm Voluma XC is the only treatment in the world that was developed specifically to restore facial volume.
Juvéderm Voluma Defy Nature FAQs
What makes Juvéderm Voluma XC different?
While other dermal fillers are used primarily to fill in lines and plump only surface areas like the lips, Juvéderm Voluma is the first and only product that was specifically developed to add volume underneath the skin. Because it is used subdermally, Juvéderm Voluma plumps from below, adding firmness and fullness back to the cheeks, chin and jaw.
A cousin of Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus , the Voluma product was created with different technology that allows it to actually lift and volumize skin while also lasting longer than other injectable products.
Although Voluma is different from other dermal fillers, it was not intended to replace them. Voluma has a job separate from other products like Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus. While Voluma volumizes and plumps, Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus fill lines and wrinkles. Used together, these two types of dermal products create a dramatic difference.
How long will Juvéderm Voluma XC last?
Results from a Juvéderm Voluma treatment are immediate, and typically only one treatment is needed for optimal results. Clinical studies have shown Juvéderm Voluma to last as long as two years before maintenance was needed, however, you can probably expect it to last between 12 and 18 months.
Who should get Juvéderm Voluma XC?
Juvéderm Voluma is an ideal solution to facial volume loss. Hollowness, drooping and sagging caused by age or weight loss as well as facial asymmetry can all be corrected with a Juvéderm Voluma treatment.
Does Juvéderm Voluma XC Hurt?
During treatment, patients will feel an initial prick, but Juvéderm Voluma contains a small amount of lidocaine, which should diminish discomfort. A topical anesthetic can be applied to the injection area before treatment begins to offer additional relief.
Is there any downtime with Juvéderm Voluma XC? There is little to no downtime with a Juvéderm Voluma treatment, and you can resume normal activity immediately. It’s best to avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol and sun exposure for 24 hours after treatment. You may experience tenderness, swelling, lumps or bumps, bruising, redness or itching at the site of injection, but all symptoms are mild to moderate and will clear up within one to four weeks.
Will a Juvéderm Voluma XC Treatment Make Me Look Fake or Unnatural?
Juvéderm Voluma imparts a very natural look. It’s made from hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in your body. Your face will still have complete movement, and the change will be subtle. Friends and coworkers will probably mention that you look great and think you’ve been sleeping better.
What is the best way to prepare for a Juvéderm Voluma XC treatment?
Before a Juvéderm Voluma treatment, avoid any medications that can prolong bleeding (aspirin, NSAIDs and Fish Oil) for at least a week. This will help reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
Will Juvéderm Voluma XC work on darker skin?
Like Juvederm XC, Juvéderm Voluma has been shown to be safe and effective for all skin types and colors.
There’s a younger you inside and Juvéderm Ultra Plus is just one of the ways Radiance Medspa can help bring it out.
Filler to restore the look of more youthful hands
Radiesse injections immediately re-plump and replenish volume to the back of the hands to provide a supple and youthful appearance instantly. Placed beneath the skin, Radiesse raises the skin level so that tendons, joints and veins lose their prominence. Radiesse provides instant and durable long lasting results.
Because Radiesse provides a scaffolding for collagen-building, the body’s own collagen interweaving into this structure keeps the skin feeling softly natural and smooth.
Radiesse has proven to be a very versatile facial contouring product and has demonstrated durable augmentation in areas such as chin and cheek where a larger volume is required. It maintains a soft, natural feel and takes on the characteristics of the surrounding skin tissue.
Results typically last 1 – 2 years. Radiesse does not require allergy testing. Radiesse is a safe, effective and non-surgical treatment, which provides immediate smoothing of wrinkles, scars and the replenishment of volume loss.
Radiesse® gives hands new volume
The latest advances in aesthetic technology can hide visible bones and tendons and make your hands smooth and youthful again. If you feel that your hands don’t match your overall appearance, it may be time to do something about it. Radiesse® restores volume and adds structure to the skin. The unique, innovative and safe gel formula contains calcium microspheres (CaHA) which stimulate the body to produce collagen, resulting in immediate and long-lasting volume augmentation.
Jenine at Defy Nature is a Certified Radiesse Hand Injector
Offering our patients the first and only FDA-approved filler for hands
Attention to the aesthetic appearance of hands has increased in recent years, particularly among individuals who have undergone facial rejuvenation procedures. RADIESSE is the first and only FDA-approved filler indicated for hand augmentation to correct volume loss in hands, providing natural-looking results that can last up to 1 year.
Treating the hands with RADIESSE is a quick procedure that can usually be completed in 10 minutes.
In a randomized, controlled US trial, blinded evaluators reported that RADIESSE improved the appearance of both hands in 75% of treated patients at 3 months.1 Importantly, 98% of treated patients at 3 months also reported improvement in the appearance of their hands, according to a recent clinical study.1