Over time, your skin loses elasticity. This process, influenced by genetics and environmental factors such as sun exposure, can lead to the development of lines and folds. One of the areas where fine lines are most annoying to many women is above the lip. Clients often tell me that they would like to get rid of the fine lines above their lip, but they do not want a filler that will make this area look too full. They do not want the “duck-look”.

Traditional fillers are volumizers. They reduce the lines by immediately restoring volume to the subdermis like Juvaderm®️, and some by stimulating the body to produce its own natural collagen like Radiesse®️. These fillers are excellent for restoring volume to the cheeks which lifts the lower face and reduces wrinkles. They can also be used to soften nasolabial folds and jowls by restoring lost collagen and can even be used in the temples to fill out the forehead. If, however, the wrinkle is fine and very superficial, a more natural solution is a filler that can be placed directly into the dermis to literally FILL THE LINE without creating fullness or an unnatural look.

Belotero Balance®️ is a hyaluronic acid filler that was created for this purpose, and blends into the dermis for a natural look. It has a unique Dynamic Cross-Linking Technology (DCLT) to create a smooth, cohesive gel that integrates easily to fill etched-in lines without adding volume. Because of its unique DCLT, it is able to retain its strength and integrity and allows the skin around the mouth to move naturally with speech and expression without added fullness.

Belotero Balance®️ is made from hyaluronic acid, a natural product found in the body and is safe. Most patients see results lasting from 12 to 18 months or longer. Potential complications include swelling, bruising, redness, pain, hardness and itching. More serious complications are uncommon.

Come in for a free consultation. See if Belotero®️ is the solution you have been looking for to erase those fine lines while still allowing you to look like you!

-Dr. Tara Wegryn

Collagen Stimulator for your Hands!

Do your hands give your age away?

Always exposed to the elements and to the sun, your hands, as much as your face and décolleté, probably show signs of aging. The average American driver spends 280 hours behind the wheel a year.  In other words, your unprotected hands were exposed to almost 300 hours of direct UV rays from the time you spent driving in just one year! Signs of aging and sun exposure may include wrinkles, dryness, scaling and brown spots, all of which can be addressed with moisturizers, anti-wrinkle creams, skin lighteners and exfoliators, but what can be done about the prominent veins and tendons which seem to become more noticeable over the years?

With age, collagen in the hands is produced at a slower rate and is made less efficiently.  This causes the veins and tendons on the back of the hand to appear more visible.  Radiesse is an FDA-approved injectable cosmetic skin treatment for hands.  Upon injection, the filler component immediately makes the hands appear more youthful, by filling in the sunken areas where the skin has become thin and the collagen, lacking. Over the ensuing months,  Radiesse provides a structural scaffolding for production of your own type 1 (structural) collagen which further strengthens the skin and fills in the hollow areas.   86% of individuals show sustained improvement over a 12 month period.

The procedure can be safely performed  in the office in less than 30 minutes. Complications are uncommon but may include bruising, redness, swelling and pain.  Post-procedure restrictions are minimal and include no aggressive scrubbing or rubbing, no tanning or excessive UV exposure and no sleeping on your hands for two weeks.

More youthful, fuller-looking hands are possible with FDA approved Radiesse, a volume expander and collagen stimulator.  Radiesse is a safe and effective way to make your hands look as young as your face.

-Dr. Tara Wegryn

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