Dermal Fillers

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How Do They Work?Your ImprovementsWhat to Expect

Injectable dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM and Restylane are beloved by Scottsdale patients because they’re straightforward, versatile, and they work—with instant and lasting results. We carry many of today’s most popular fillers, each approved by the FDA. As skilled specialists, our nurse injectors MK and Meagan work with you to understand your ultimate goals and choose the filler or combination of fillers that will create those results.

How Do They Work?

Young, healthy-looking skin contains an abundance of a naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid (HA). But as you age, sunlight and other factors such as genetics can reduce the amount of HA in your skin. The lack of HA causes your skin to lose structure and volume, creating unwanted facial wrinkles and folds, like those parentheses lines around your nose and mouth.

Most of the fillers we use are hyaluronic acid-based. Hyaluronic acid, or HA, is the hydrating agent that occurs naturally in healthy skin. The amount of HA decreases with age, resulting in facial tissue that shrinks and descends. This can create a hollow look, especially around the eyes or in the cheeks. Dermal fillers replace volume within the skin to fill out wrinkles and replace volume that’s been lost. Fillers are also incredibly popular for shaping and enlarging the lips. The fillers we use are noted for their safety and reliability. Depending on which products we agree to use and where on your face they’re administered, the results of your treatment can last up to several years. A Hyaluronic Acid dermal filler can also be reversed by using an enzyme called Hyaluronidase.

In addition to HA fillers, we also offer Sculptra® Aesthetic, a filler option that’s made from poly-L-lactic acid. This biocompatible active ingredient is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body and helps to rebuild lost collagen.

Different products are better suited to different concerns and skin types. We offer a range of dermal filler options, each formulated differently and targeted toward a different type of concern. We want our patients to achieve the best results possible, so we make sure to listen carefully to your concerns and formulate a custom treatment option that will help you reach your goals.

During your initial consultation with our aesthetic nurse specialists, MK Maloney, RN, CANS or Meagan Errichiello, RN, BSN, CANS, you’ll learn more about the options that are best for you. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to facial aesthetic treatment. A customized treatment plan is important for achieving the best results.

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For before-and-after photos and to learn more about Meagan’s work, check out her Instagram page, @the_age_eraser, and to learn more about MK’s work, check out her Instagram page, @mkmaloneyrn.

Your Improvements

Because fillers are nonsurgical, minimally invasive, and FDA approved, they’re generally safe for most people. Millions of people use fillers worldwide every day! At the same time, fillers can help improve feelings of self-confidence. This is because most fillers offer immediate improvement and help people feel their best.

You may be a good candidate for a treatment with a dermal filler if you’re bothered by any of the following symptoms:

  • Nasolabial folds running from the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • Fine, vertical lip lines, also called “smoker’s lines”
  • Hollow or flattened cheeks
  • Sunken tear troughs beneath the eyes
  • Marionette lines running from the corners of the mouth to the chin
  • Thin, wrinkles, or uneven lips
  • Want lip plumping or lip restoration
  • Earlobe rejuvenation

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We offer the following filler options:

Juvéderm Volbella XCThe JUVÉDERM family of products is excellent, versatile, HA-based fillers that can be used to treat lines and folds around the mouth, hollow or sunken cheeks, thin lips, and more. Results can last for up to 1 year or more, depending on the product used and where it’s placed. These products include: JUVÉDERM Ultra XC® or JUVÉDERM Ultra®, and JUVÉDERM Ultra Plus XS. The most recent additions to the JUVÉDERM family include JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, also known as VOLUMA, JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC, also known as VOLBELLA, and JUVÉDERM VOLLURE® XC, also known as VOLLURE.

Restylane logoThe Restylane family of products are also a collection of HA-based fillers. With more than 28 million treatments worldwide (and counting), the Restylane line of hyaluronic acid fillers are used to smooth away wrinkles and fine lines, create fuller and more accentuated lips, and add lift and volume to the cheeks. The best cosmetic results are in those patients that have Restylane “layered,” or have a bit injected at a time, followed by further volume. This results in an even, long-lasting result. Available in different formulations, we now offer Restylane Lyft®, Restylane Silk®, and Restylane-L®. These products can treat fine lines, deep wrinkles, lips, cheeks, and more with exceptional smoothness. The most recent additions to the Restylane family, Refyne® and Defyne®, are made using XpresHAn® technology. They create a smooth gel consistency that moves with the patient’s skin. This ensures a beautiful, natural-looking appearance that can last for up to 12 months.

Sculptra logoSculptra Aesthetic is a bit different from other fillers because it uses poly-L-lactic acid to stimulate collagen development in the skin. This creates both instant results as well as lasting fullness. Sculptra is a long-lasting soft tissue injectable that triggers the body to produce its own healthy and natural collagen. Sculptra has a longevity between 2 and 3 years. Typical treatments consist of 2 or 3 sessions over several months, and are excellent for both younger and older patients who feel that they are looking hollow or would like to regain the “glow” of youth. Sculptra injections are very technique-dependent, and require experience and artistic approach to the face. In addition to reducing wrinkles, Sculptra can be used to improve the décolleté, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and even augment (fill in contour irregularities) the buttocks.

Revanesse Versa logoRevanesse® Versa™ is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler with a versatile set of indications. It’s often a bit more affordable than other fillers, making it a patient favorite. In our clinic, MK Maloney and Meagan Errichiello use Revanesse Versa to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines, add volume and shape to the lips, and even contour the face. This incredibly smooth formula uses spherical HA particples, offering results that are even, smooth, and predictable. This small-batch filler is completely biocompatible and biodegradable, breaking down within the body slowly for sustained results.

Radiesse logoRADIESSE® is a unique filler product that uses calcium hydroxylapatite spheres suspended in a smooth gel. The calcium hydroxylapatite spheres act as supportive structures upon which your skin can build its own collagen. Thanks to its dual ingredients, RADIESSE can create both immediate and long-term results. Once your body metabolizes the gel and the spheres, the excess collagen remains. RADIESSE can be used to add volume to the backs of the hands as well as the face, and its results can last for up to 1 year.

RADIESSE, because of its unique ability to stimulate a process called neo-collagenesis, can now be used in a special formulation to restore and treat other areas of the body, such as cellulite dimpling and gluteal contour deficits.

RHA Collection dermal fillers logoRHA® fillers are the newest fillers available for use in the United States. Developed in Switzerland, these fillers have become very popular in Europe. They are now available in the U.S. and are initially being offered by select practices. They are designed to adapt to natural facial movements and maintain their cellular structure, which helps you avoid an unnatural look. You will see immediate, long-term results from RHA fillers. Results last up to 18 months. 

MK and Meagan are master aesthetic nurse specialists. They can help you decide which product is best for you and your individual needs.

Your filler treatment may include treatments with BOTOX® or Dysport® injections for more complete rejuvenation. Although these products are not fillers, they can complement the results of your filler treatment.

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What to Expect

Dermal fillers are injected just beneath the skin, using a very thin needle. All fillers we use contain lidocaine, a numbing medication, to minimize any discomfort. Treatments are typically complete in 30 minutes and do not require any significant downtime afterward. Instructions on what medications to avoid days before your injections will be provided to you when you make your appointment.

Many patients can be nervous about doing fillers as they’ve seen unnatural results around town such as “pillow face” and “duck lips.” MK and Meagan’s extensive, focused training on the art of injectables help them create results that look incredibly natural. Patients are typically quite satisfied with their results, which are noticeable and refreshed-looking without appearing overdone or obvious. Everyone will notice that you look refreshed, but no one will know why.

Results appear immediately and can last between 6 months and 2 years or more, depending on the specifics of your dermal filler treatment. Regularly scheduled treatments can help maintain improvements indefinitely.

Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

The answer is yes! Dermal fillers are FDA-approved and use a naturally occurring substances called Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Hylaluronic Acid composes at least 50% of your natural skin and the center part of your eye. It gives moisture to your skin. The HA fillers that are injected have a small amount of stabilizer added to them to increase longevity.

Let’s work together to plan your custom treatment with injectables. Request your consultation online, or call us at (480) 423-1973 to set up your appointment.

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