Many women and men are seen by Dr. Gulin at Plastic Surgery Associates of Naples-Ft. Myers to improve the lines, fold and wrinkles in the upper and lower face. Often the depressions below the eyelid give an older tired look as well as do the nasal labial depressions between the nose and cheeks. Smoker’s lines as well as age and sun related lines in the upper and lower lip are often improved also. In addition, these fillers are used to give fuller lips as well as more contour to the cheeks.
A more permanent form of correction is also performed by Dr. Gulin using fat transfer (injection) instead of synthetic fillers.
About Soft Tissue Fillers
Most injectable fillers used by Dr. Gulin contain hyaluronic acid which is a natural occurring sugar that is found in the human body. Sculptra is a synthetic material related to absorbable suture material. Radiesse is comprised mainly of calcium hydroxyapatite which occurs naturally in the body.
Soft Tissue fillers are place either in the skin or just below the skin depending upon the type of line or depression that needs to be filled out. The procedure is usually down after a topical anesthetic is applied or a injection has been given similar to a dental block. Following the injection ice is applied for several minutes.
After Injections of Soft Tissue Fillers
Following injection of soft tissue fillers by Dr. Gulin at Plastic Surgery Associates of Naples-Ft. Myers most people return their usual activities or work that same day. A small amount of bruising, redness or swelling can occur but is infrequent. Makeup is applied several hours after the injection.
Following your soft tissue injection, lines, folds and wrinkles of the face are much less obvious. Depressions under the eyes or nasal labial folds are much smoother with a younger appearance to the face. Older patients find that the lips have a much more fuller more youthful appearance while in others the lips can be made to look fuller and more lush.
Most injections last between nine months to two years depending upon the substance and the area injected. Botox Cosmetic injection around the same time also prolongs the effect. Long lasting and similar results are also available through fat transfer (injection).
JUVÉDERM® injectable gel (including JUVÉDERM® Ultra, JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus, JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC, and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus XC) is indicated for injection into the mid-to-deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds).
Side effects are usually mild to moderate, lasting 7 days or less, and include temporary injection-site reactions such as redness, pain, firmness, swelling, and bumps. JUVÉDERM® is not for people with severe allergies.
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RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler is an injectable filler that works by immediately restoring facial volume to smooth out the signs of aging. Once injected, it works with your body to stimulate the production of your own natural collagen for results that may last a year or more in many patients. RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler has the unique ability to both immediately restore lost volume and stimulate your body to produce its own natural collagen for long-lasting results
Once injected, RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler does exactly as it says: it fills or replenishes volume lost over time for a more refreshed looking you. Then it goes to work by stimulating your body to produce its own natural collagen. Over time, your body absorbs the product and leaves behind only your own natural collagen for long-lasting results.
Just like any injection, you may experience mild irritation, swelling, itching, redness, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. These typically resolve on their own. If any of these side effects persist, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Restylane® adds volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane® can also add fullness and definition to lips in patients over 21 years, providing natural-looking and lasting results with just one treatment. Restylane® works immediately by adding volume to smooth away wrinkles. A clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, Restylane® is specifically formulated to act like your body's own hyaluronic acid. So, you can use Restylane® to visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, and to add fullness to your lips.
JUVÉDERM Voluma™ XC
Juvederm Voluma™ is a new, FDA-approved dermal filler formulated specifically to add volume to the face around the cheeks and chin. This is the only injectable gel created to provide a subtle, natural enhancement to the mid-face, addressing changes in definition that occur over time. Juvederm Voluma can help restore more youthful contours by plumping up the area that so often loses volume as part of the aging process. It can also return a firmer shape to the jaw line when some softening has set in.
Juvederm Voluma is not only an effective treatment method, but it is long lasting as well. In many patients, the results will last for a period of up to 18 months.
The active ingredient in Juvederm Voluma is hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a substance naturally produced within the skin. As we get older, the levels of HA present in the skin begin to decline, resulting in a loss of volume and sunken or sagging cheeks. Juvederm Voluma integrates into the existing collagen and elastin in the skin tissue to offer greater support and elasticity. This can provide a noticeable smoothing and firming to the skin and lend the facial structure more substantial definition.
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Many men and women seen by Dr. Gulin at Plastic Surgery Associates at Naples - Fort Myers wish to have frown lines in the forehead, between the brows and lines around the eyes and lips smoothed out. Often the worried or angry look caused by the pulling in of the brows in the midline is improved through Botox Cosmetic injection. Platysma muscle bands in the neck are also relaxed by Botox Cosmetic injection.
About the BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure
Botox Cosmetic is a substance that is used to relax the muscles underneath the skin. These muscles cause the lines and wrinkles which appear on the surface. In addition the bands of tightened platysma muscles may also be prominent in the neck under the chin. Botox Cosmetic remains in the area injected and does not travel elsewhere in the body. Minute amounts of the substances injected allow this to be a very safe procedure.
Injections are usually done after a topical anesthesia has been applied. Very small gauge needles are used and the procedure can be done quite comfortably.
After the BOTOX® Cosmetic Procedure
Following Botox Cosmetic injections by Dr. Gulin slight bruising or redness can occur although this is usually infrequent. Patients return to their usual activity or work the same day. Minimal discomfort is associated with the procedure following injection.
After several days patients begin to see the lines around the forehead, in between the brows, in the crows feet area and in the upper lip gradually smoothen. It may take up to one week before the full effect of the Botox Cosmetic is seen. The correction that is obtained can be made even better by injection of soft tissue injectable fillers to bring the depth of the lines up to the surface of the skin.
Most patients find that the effect of Botox Cosmetic lasts for about six months. At that time the lines gradually return although no worse than they were prior to the injection. When the Botox Cosmetic injection that has been combined with a well planned skin care program, the facial lines are often less apparent even when the Botox Cosmetic has worn off.
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Permanent Cosmetics is a simple and safe procedure that offers new hope to many people. It can dramatically improve your appearance and your outlook on life.
Imagine eyebrows that will not wash off!! Eyeliner that will not smudge!! Lips having color, shape and fullness!! Always looking put together 24 hours a day...
Permanent Cosmetics benefits most individuals one way or another. Especially those that have a desire to always look their best!
Some of the reasons which are limitless are:
- Sparse eyebrow hairs, half a brow, scarring or no visible brow at all
- Poor vision, wear contacts, allergies to make-up
- Eyeliner melts & smudges
- Poorly defined lips, small lips, light/no lip tone, scarring
- Active lifestyle - traveling, sports, career, motherhood
- Little to no time to apply or reapply your make-up
- Hand tremors
- Any medical condition limiting your ability to apply make-up
- Low thyroid-loss of outer third of brows
- Alopecia - loss of hair from brow, lashline or scalp
- Thinning of brow or lashline from chemotherapy
- Light or no areola color
This list could go on forever, we can't think of a single reason not to treat yourself to this amazing procedure.