With age, subcutaneous fat loses firmness and support throughout the face. This loss of volume leads to creases and wrinkles that can cause deep furrows and laugh lines in the areas where the facial muscles work the most. Injectable fillers offer a nonsurgical solution to restore a smooth, unlined appearance.Dr. Ricardo A. Meade is a board certified plastic surgeon and skilled dermal filler injector serving the entire Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area, with offices in Dallas and Plano, Texas. In addition to injectable fillers, Dr. Meade offers a full range of facial cosmetic surgery procedures, and has helped thousands of patients feel more confident about their appearance.
During your consultation with Dr. Meade, you can talk about your hopes for what you’d like to see from dermal fillers, and Dr. Meade can then recommend which filler type he feels should be used in your case and explain why. He will also discuss how the treatment will impact your health, lifestyle and general wellbeing. You will be provided with a cost estimate for your dermal filler treatment with detailed price information.
Prior to injection, Dr. Meade will likely request further laboratory testing or medical evaluations. He may advise you to adjust current prescriptions. You will also need to avoid the consumption of alcohol, drugs and abstain from smoking for a certain period before and after your appointment.
Dr. Meade offers two of the most popular and effective dermal fillers: JUVÉDERM® and RADIESSE®. Both of these fillers can fill out facial lines, decrease the appearance of wrinkles, plump up lips and give the face a fuller, younger look. The difference between them lies in their active ingredients and how they work to add volume to the face.The key ingredient in JUVÉDERM® is hyaluronic acid, which is a substance found naturally in the body. When injected, this gel acts as a cushioning agent to support facial tissue and structure. Hyaluronic acid also hydrates the skin by bringing water to the dermal surface for a fresh, supple look. RADIESSE® is composed of synthetic calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. Like JUVÉDERM®, this dermal filler adds volume to the face to contour, correct and smooth facial features. However, with the synthetic ingredients in RADIESSE®, the results continue to improve over time, as the microspheres encourage the production of collagen in the treated area. In some cases, fillers can be combined with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to treat dynamic wrinkles like frown lines between the eyebrows or crow’s feet around the eyes. Dr. Meade will work closely with you to decide which of these injectables is ideal for your needs, goals and complexion, or if a combination approach might work best.
Individuals will have different experiences following dermal filler injections, but for the most part you can expect that any side effects or downtime after your treatment will be minimal. Some swelling, redness or bruising at the injection site can occur, but these are rare when treatments are administered by a highly experienced injector. To avoid complications, it’s important to strictly follow Dr. Meade's post-surgical instructions.The effects from injectable fillers can be seen almost immediately, although it may take up to a week for the final outcome to become fully visible. Although the results will fade gradually over time, you should enjoy a refreshed, younger appearance for the next several months or more that can be maintained even longer by scheduling ongoing maintenance treatments as part of your regular anti-aging skincare regimen.