Fillers are agents used to add volume and fill lines and wrinkles. As we age, our face naturally loses volume in bone as well as fat. The skin begins to sag as there is less of a scaffolding to hold it up. The effects of the sun and other sources of free radicals cause DNA and collagen damage contributing to wrinkles and lines. Fillers can be utilized to reverse the appearance of these changes. There are many types of fillers on the market and different fillers can be used to address each of the above aging changes. The most common fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (HA). These include Juvederm products (e.g., Juvederm Voluma, Ultra, Ultra Plus, Vollure, and Volbella), Restylane (Restylane Lyft, L, Silk, Refyne, and Defyne), and Belotero. There are also non-hyaluronic fillers including Bellafill (polymethyl methacrylate in bovine collagen gel) and Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite). Radiesse is also a collagen-stimulating agent. Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) is considered by some to be a filler, but it is truly a collagen stimulator. It is an excellent option in the right patient, but unlike HA fillers, results are not immediate and it relies on the body to respond to the injected product to make new collagen so results can sometimes be unpredictable. Fillers last anywhere from several months to years.
Filler is a wonderful tool in the right hands to naturally enhance your appearance. Dr. Buster enjoys providing a natural look that does not look “done” but instead is a refreshed and rejuvenated appearing version of you. She uses fillers in conjunction with neuromodulators like Botox and Xeomin to provide lasting and beautiful results.
When seeking care, it is important to know the training and skills of the person treating you. Filler injection is often touted as an easy procedure and as crazy as it sounds people sometimes try to do this themselves or have it done by someone with unknown or inadequate qualifications in a non-medical setting and/or with unsafe products. Filler can have rare but serious consequences including skin necrosis (skin death), ulceration, stroke, and blindness. As a board certified dermatologist, Dr. Buster is highly trained and a medical expert in the use of fillers. She is keenly aware of the risks and takes measures to minimize them in order to safely treat her patients.
All filler treatments at VibrantSkin are performed by Dr. Buster. She was extensively trained in filler injection in her dermatology residency and fellowship and continues to expand her knowledge and skills as new advances develop.