Facial lines have long been viewed as a sign of facial aging, but volume restoration has changed the way we treat the face to look younger. For decades a skin excising facelift was the standard procedure for making someone look younger, but without volumization this led to tightly pulled faces that had less lines and did look ‘different’, but not necessarily more beautiful. There are 8 distinct areas of the face, both deep and more shallow, that facial volume is critical.
Dermatologists began to realize that the facial lines are not generally a result of the skin just stretching out, but of overall volume loss. Adding overall volume to the deflated areas of the face would help correct the aging face and maintain a youthful appearance, so we began the use of fat transfers. These work fairly well for some people, but necessitate additional procedures of extracting the fat from another part of the body and then preparing and reinjecting in the face. Although fat transfer sounds nice because it is replacing fat loss with a patient’s own fat, only about 50% of the fat injected usually remains long-term and many patients are unhappy after this procedure.
Radiesse is a dermal filler which really does a nice job of volumizing the deep tissues to restore a naturally volumized face and it does have nice longevity. Dr. Swann reported this filler still microscopically evident over 5 years after injection. Although more permanent products, such as Artefill, have been available for many years, permanent solutions using fillers fail over long periods of time because natural volume changes in the face are normal. Well-placed filler should not be in the same locations at age 30 and age 50.
Juvederm Voluma has revolutionized volume restoration in the face with soft natural results that can last up to 2 years. We all lose volume in the triple-process of collagen loss, fat loss and bone loss. A robust yet natural feeling and natural appearing filler is the perfect instant solution. Dr. Swann and the injectors all have advanced training in Juvederm Voluma and can help you achieve excellent predictable results.
The Liquid Facelift is a great way to rejuvenate the face and gain a more youthful appearance. It offers many of the benefits of a traditional facelift without a single incision. Liquid Facelifts restore lost volume, diminish lines and wrinkles, redefine the jawline and cheekbones, and lift sagging brows. The Swann Dermatology staff customizes each procedure to suit the patient’s particular needs and to target specific areas of concern.