Injectables and Fillers: Lift MD’s Top 5 Questions

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Botox. Juvederm. Voluma.  The beauty world’s triad of agelessness. Perhaps you’re considering one or all three? (Yes! You can get all three injected in one day!) Or maybe you have been injected but still have some questions?  The team at Lift MD gathered their top 5 most frequently asked questions regarding injectables and fillers and put together the list below.  We want you to look as good as you feel so always feel free to write to us with any questions about treatments, products and procedures!

  • How long does Botox last?  How long will Juvederm and Voluma last?
    • Keep in mind that everyone’s body metabolizes injectables differently and so some people may not need as many touch-ups as others.  That being said, typically Botox lasts anywhere from 3-4 months while Juvederm can last from 6 months to a year and Voluma up to two years.
  • Am I limited to the amount of activity I can do pre-treatment or post-treatment?
    • There is nothing that you need to do to prepare for your injectable treatment but it is recommended to avoid aspirin and blood thinners as they may cause bruising.  Also, avoiding caffeine may be helpful if it typically makes you feel jittery.    There are some different guidelines when it comes to post-treatment care though.  If you get Botox injected, don’t lie down for 4 hours and avoid any exercise until the following day.  With all injectables, it is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol until the following day as alcohol thins the blood which may lead to some bruising.
  • What exactly is the difference between Voluma and Juvederm?
    • Voluma and Juvederm are both Hyaluronic Acid  fillers, however, the main difference between the two is that Voluma is a much thicker filler.  So Voluma yields the best results when injected in the cheeks and mid-face to restore volume.  While Juvederm is used to fill the lips, nasolabial folds and directly beneath the eyes.
  • How long does it take to see the results for Botox, Juvederm and Voluma?
    • Expect to see the full results of your Botox treatment between 7-10 days while Juvederm and Voluma will take 7 days.
  • Is there anything one can do to make the results last longer?
    • If there is one tip that everyone at Lift MD swears by it’s to drink as much water as possible if you were injected with a filler.  Water bonds with the Hyaluronic Acid and thus keeps the filler plump and helps it last longer.

JUVÉDERM® XC –the Latest Innovation in Cosmetic Dermal Fillers by Garo Kassabian,MD,FACS, Lift MD Aesthetics®

By Garo Kassabian, MD,FACS, Lift MD Aesthetics®

JUVÉDERM®XC is the latest dermal filler advance from Allergan Inc.  It is a “next generation” smooth gel, non-animal dermal filler that offers a natural look and feel and long lasting results—up to a year! JUVÉDERM®XC lasts long because it’s the only dermal filler currently available with the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid and a special formulation process.  This process creates a smooth gel that flows easily into the skin, creating smooth, natural looks.  The smooth consistency of JUVÉDERM®XC dermal filler may also help to minimize the discomfort that can sometimes occur during the injection procedure.  JUVÉDERM®XC differs from the original JUVÉDERM® with the addition of lidocaine, a local anesthetic, which further minimizes the discomfort of the injection.

The hyaluronic acid in JUVÉDERM®XC helps to add volume and hydration to your skin, making those lines and wrinkles virtually disappear.  The injection process takes only about fifteen minutes and results are immediate.  There is minimal recovery or downtime. You can step into our office for treatment and step right back into your life. It’s as simple as that! And now with the addition of lidocaine to JUVÉDERM®XC the anesthetic effect takes place in seconds, reducing the need for further anesthetic. Under the expertise of Dr. Garo Kassabian,MD,FACS of Lift MD Aesthetics®, a dual board-certified cosmetic surgeon, you can be sure that your treatment will be customized to your needs and expertly applied for maximal results.

Be sure to check out our entire line of skin care products at www.liftmd.com.

Dr. Garo Kassabian, MD, FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon and founder of Lift MD Aesthetics®, a full service surgical center and spa located in the heart of Beverly Hills.  If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Kassabian or Lift MD Aesthetics® or are interested in a consultation, please call our office at 310-285-0400 or check us out at www.liftmd.com .

Perlane-L Now Available at Lift MD Aesthetics® by Garo Kassabian MD, FACS, Lift MD Aesthetics®

By Garo Kassabian MD, FACSLift MD Aesthetics®

Perlane-L™ is a cosmetic dermal filler similar to Restylane-L™. These cosmetic dermal fillers add volume within the skin.  They consist of hyaluronic acid.  In the body, natural hyaluronic acid provides volume and fullness to the skin.  As we age, we have less of this natural hyaluronic acid and lines and wrinkles develop.  The difference between Restylane-L™ and Perlane-L™ is that Perlane-L is made up of larger particles and is injected deeper into the skin.  Therefore, Perlane-L™ is best for those deeper lines and wrinkles. The ingredient in both Perlane-L™ and Restylane-L™ that makes them different than their predecessors, Perlane® and Restylane® is lidocaine, a local anesthetic.  This makes the injections less painful than before.

Perlane-L™ uses the hyaluronic acid to replace the lost volume to your skin and restores youthful contours to smooth away moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. After treatment with Perlane-L the hydrophilic or “water loving” nature of the hyaluronic acid molecules allows them to bind many times their weight in water as they slowly break down.  This process is what helps maintain volume for about six months. 

Administered under the expertise of  Dr. Garo Kassabian, MD,FACS, a dual board certified cosmetic surgeon at Lift MD Aesthetics®, you can rest assured that your treatment with Perlane-L™ will be individualized to your needs to achieve maximum results.  You’ll still look like yourself—just rejuvenated! Check out our entire line of skin care products at www.liftmd.com.

Dr. Garo Kassabian, MD, FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon and founder of Lift MD Aesthetics, a full service surgical center and spa located in the heart of Beverly Hills.  If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Kassabian or Lift MD Aesthetics or are interested in a consultation, please call our office at 310-285-0400 or check us out at www.liftmd.com .

Restylane-L™ Now Available at Lift MD Aesthetics® by Garo Kassabian MD,FACS, Lift MD Aesthetics®

By Garo Kassabian, MD, FACS, Lift MD Aesthetics®

Restylane-L™ is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid that restores fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds such as those from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).  The hyaluronic acid replaces the lost volume and restores youthful contours. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in your skin. It’s job is to help provide fullness and elasticity.  Over time your skin loses hyaluronic acid and as it diminishes, skin loses volume and increases the chances for wrinkles and lines to appear.  As you age, lips lose their plumpness and Restylane-L™ restores that fullness and provides a smoother contour.  It can augment your lips as well. The average Restylane-L™ treatment lasts six months or longer. The difference between the original Restylane® and Restylane-L™ is the addition of Lidocaine, a local anesthetic.  The addition of a local anesthetic makes the treatment less uncomfortable.

Under the expertise of Garo Kassabian, MD, FACS, a board certified cosmetic surgeon with Lift MD Aesthetics®, you can receive this rejuvenating cosmetic beauty treatment for a natural, younger-looking you!  You’ll still look like yourself—just rejuvenated!  Check out our entire line of skin care products and systems at www.liftmd.com.

Dr. Garo Kassabian, MD, FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon and founder of Lift MD Aesthetics®, a full service surgical center and spa located in the heart of Beverly Hills.  If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Kassabian or Lift MD Aesthetics® or are interested in a consultation, please call our office at 310-285-0400 or check us out at www.liftmd.com .