The Facts on Facial Fillers by Dr. Balikian
Poets proclaim that wrinkles and furrowed brows show hard-won experience and wisdom. But must fine lines and winkles be a necessary component of wisdom and judgment? Not anymore.
Facial fillers have revolutionized skincare. By injecting these serums, cosmetic physicians can restore a youthful look to your face, without surgery. Fillers work by restoring volume to cheeks and lips and filling out lines and wrinkles, according to Dr. Richard Balikian, a double-board certified cosmetic surgeon in San Diego.
Here is a look at how fillers can give your face a youth-looking, healthy look, without the inconvenience of surgery.
Non-Invasive and Quick
Dr. Balikian says the most attractive feature of facial fillers is the fact that no surgery is required to get the results you want. It is the fear of going under the knife that keeps many patients from even considering cosmetic procedures.
But with fillers, the work is done in the doctor’s office. The process is simple and straightforward: the filler is injected into the skin on the face using a needle. The main component in most injectables is hyaluronic acid. This is a natural substance in the body, that helps to hydrate and increase the fullness of skin.
With surgery, recovery takes up to several weeks. With fillers, recovery time is immediate, or at most a week. They have few, if any, side effects. Patients can experience slight swelling, redness and some bruising after the procedure. This goes away within a few days.
Greater Volume = More Youthfulness
Fillers restore the plumpness that makes a person’s face look young and healthy. As you age, your body produces less hyaluronic acid, so your face is less plump.
By using fillers like Restylane, Juvederm and Bellafill, Dr. Balikian can fill out your cheeks, wrinkles and folds. Fillers can handle a variety of facial challenges, including:
- Nasolabial folds, the lines that form in the mouth to nose region. They are often called laugh lines.
- Forehead wrinkles, including those around the brow
- Chin, cheek and jaw area: fillers add contouring and volume, to give your face a youthful profile.
- Lip area: the right filler can restore volume and get rid of fine lines.
Whatever Your Age
Fillers are effective for many types of wrinkles and areas with volume loss. Some people start aging in their 30s, for others it happens in their late 40s or 50s. When you start noticing that you lips are looking thinner, your forehead is showing lines or your jaw looks saggy, it’s time to check out the benefits of facial fillers.
Your age doesn’t matter. It is the specific facial problem that is important. That’s why Dr. Balikian works closely with each patient to come up with a one-of-a-kind treatment plan, matching your expectations, the most appropriate fillers.
Results that Last
Depending on the filler, your results can last six months to three years. In most cases, touch-up treatments can extend the results appreciably. Dr. Balikian explains what you can expect with each type of filler before any treatment is started.
The results you get are only as good as the cosmetic surgeon who does the work. That’s why residents in San Diego, Riverside County and the Inland Empire choose Dr. Balikian for their cosmetic procedures, whether it is fillers or surgery.
His goal is to help patients feel good about how they look, using the most effective treatment and the latest technology. He puts strong emphasis on one-on-one consultation. He makes sure that each patient has plenty of time to ask questions and share their expectations. He spends all the time needed to explain treatment options and realistic outcomes.
Richard Balikian, M.D., has been serving the local community for over a decade. Specializing in the face and neck, he is double board certified, by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Balikian taught at the Indiana University School of Medicine, has authored numerous papers and contributed to textbooks. Currently he helps victims of domestic violence through the Face to Face program, providing free cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Interested in facial fillers? Call Dr. Balikian’s office today to set up a consultation.