A dermal filler is a safe, effective solution for wrinkles and sagging features. Treatment with injectable fillers is an innovative way to revitalize your look without surgery. Fillers can restore volume and smoothness while improving facial contours. The results are immediate.
With options such as Juvéderm, Radiesse and Restylane, Dr. Kouros Azar has helped hundreds of Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village women and men look younger and feel more confident about their skin.
If you would like to discover how injectable dermal fillers can improve your look, request a consultation with Dr. Azar to discuss the possibilities. Or, you can call our office at (805) 373-7073 and one of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members will schedule your appointment.
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- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 Why Choose Dr. Azar?
- 3 Our Selection of Fillers
- 4 Eligible Candidates
- 5 Private Consultation in Thousand Oaks
- 6 Preparation
- 7 The Dermal Filler Procedure
- 8 Recovery and Results
- 9 Complementary and Alternative Procedures
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
Before and After Photos
Why Choose Dr. Azar?
As a board-certified plastic surgeon with a thorough understanding of facial anatomy, Dr. Azar is a skilled injector who prefers to perform all filler treatments himself. His facial rejuvenation techniques provide a variety of improvements.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers
- Smooths lines and wrinkles
- Enhances the cheeks, lips, and chin
- Fills tear troughs under the eyes
- Repairs acne scars and other facial depressions
- Restores lost facial volume
To experience the benefits of a dermal filler treatment with Dr. Azar, contact our office in beautiful Southern California.
Our Selection of Fillers
Dr. Azar offers FDA-approved fillers that contain no animal proteins, so there is little to no risk of an allergic reaction. These fillers contain biocompatible substances that occur naturally in the body. During your consultation, Dr. Azar can help you visualize possible results using Vectra 3-D imaging. He will determine which of the following fillers, or combination of fillers, is best suited for the improvements you desire.
Juvéderm injectable gel is a soft-tissue filler made of hyaluronic acid, which works with the moisture in your body to plump the skin and create a more youthful and vibrant appearance. While experiences vary, results may last up to 12 months.
Juvéderm is the softest and most natural of currently available fillers and it has the added benefit of being completely reversible. Juvéderm can be easily massaged and even dissolved with another simple injection. For safety reasons, Dr. Azar highly recommends that patients have their Juvéderm injections performed by a surgeon certified only by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
There are many products in the Juvéderm family, each formulated for a precise outcome. For example, Juvéderm Voluma XC is designed to add volume to the cheeks while Juvéderm Volbella XC is a silky solution for aging lips. The “XC” in the product names indicates a small amount of lidocaine, which helps minimize discomfort during the injection process.
Juvéderm Vollure XC is specially made for the persistent lines that flank the nose and mouth. These are called nasolabial folds or “parentheses” because of their prominent curvature. Dr. Azar also offers Juvéderm Ultra XC to correct the perioral lines that appear around the mouth due to smoking and/or photoaging (exposure to the sun).
Restylane is also made from hyaluronic acid. This natural formula works by using the body’s own moisture to add and maintain fullness and lubrication to the superficial layers of the skin.
Much like Juvéderm, Restylane offers a wide array of varieties to address everything from thin lips to deep facial creases. If you are interested in the many benefits of the Restylane line of fillers, we encourage you to reach out to our office today to learn more.
The hyaluronic acid in Versa is distilled to be efficiently dispersed through the treatment area. The silky quality of Versa makes it fast-acting and versatile (hence the name) in its applications. Clients have enjoyed a plethora of benefits from Versa treatments, from the added volume to their lips to the eradication of facial wrinkles. Specifically, Versa is formulated to treat “marionette” lines, the vertical creases etched along the corners of the mouth. Don’t be a puppet to aging anymore!
Radiesse contains calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance found naturally in teeth and bones. Due to its viscous texture, Radiesse is wonderfully effective at adding structure to deflated features. The body loses its ability to produce elastin and collagen as it ages. Without these proteins, gaps develop beneath the surface of skin. Dermal fillers literally fill those gaps and smooth the lines above by rejuvenating the skin from within. Radiesse can even replenish the look of hands by adding volume to their appearance. While experiences vary, Radiesse results often last from 9 to 15 months, depending on where it is injected.
If you are a healthy individual who wishes to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, then dermal fillers may be the perfect solution for you. Non-smokers with realistic expectations are the ideal candidates for injectable treatments.
Dermal fillers may not be optimal if you have lax, excess skin. Dr. Azar may recommend an alternative approach, such as a facelift, to remove and tighten sagging skin. He can assess your eligibility for dermal fillers and/or other procedures during your comprehensive consultation.
Private Consultation in Thousand Oaks
This page is designed to give you a broad overview of dermal fillers, but you are probably brimming with questions about how they can benefit you, specifically. Questions such as:
- Which product works best for my skin tone?
- How much volume do I need in my lips?
- Will the results look natural for my facial structure?
Please bring these questions with you to your consultation with Dr. Azar. After all, a healthy client is a well-informed client. Azar Plastic Surgery & Med Spa strives to provide world-class communication with our SoCal community, as illustrated by our blog. Feel free to read through our posts for insights and information. Please call (805) 373-7073 to discuss your aesthetic desires and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Azar.
The dermal filler process is so straightforward, you may be ready for your first session immediately following your consultation. In general, it is advisable to quit smoking in the weeks before and after your injections session. Tobacco products dry out the skin, which is counterproductive to the rehydrating, rejuvenating effects of dermal filler treatment.
The Dermal Filler Procedure
In accordance with the latest medical innovations, Dr. Azar performs filler injections with DermaSculpt blunt-tip microcannulas instead of the traditional hypodermic needles. This technology minimizes – and often prevents – bruising and discomfort, especially in the delicate area around the eyes. With DermaSculpt, Dr. Azar can inject an entire lip, nasolabial fold, cheek or forehead using just 1 or 2 injection sites.
A typical session lasts less than an hour, which has earned dermal fillers the nickname of a “lunchtime” procedure. The exact duration of your session will depend on the area being treated and the number of units required to produce your desired results.
Recovery and Results
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Aside from some minor redness and sensitivity at the injection site(s), there is little to no recovery time associated with dermal fillers. It may take 2-5 days for the solution of your choice to fully adapt to its new surroundings, but please do not rub or irritate the treatment area. Great results can’t be rushed!
Any filler injected into areas of high muscle activity, such as the lips, will not last as long as fillers injected into more passive areas. Results from dermal fillers will endure from six months to two years, depending on the type of filler you request.
Complementary and Alternative Procedures
Cosmetic improvement is all about balance. To accomplish your ideal results, consider the full suite of services offered at Azar Plastic Surgery & Med Spa. Many of Dr. Azar’s patients combine rhinoplasty, a brow lift, or cheek implants with injectable filler treatments to achieve even more dramatic enhancement.
The cost of a dermal filler depends on which product you request and how many units you need. Dr. Azar will provide transparent pricing during your comprehensive consultation. To learn more about our payment and credit options, please visit our financing page. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call (805) 373-7073 with any questions you may have.
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- Restylane manufacturer’s website. (2020). Retrieved from: https://www.restylaneusa.com
- Berlin, A., Cohen, J. L., & Goldberg, D. J. (2006, September). Calcium hydroxylapatite for facial rejuvenation. In Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery (Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 132-137). DOI: 10.1016/j.sder.2006.06.005