Both are excellent tools for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Dr. Lichten primarily uses the Juvederm family of fillers, which includes Voluma, Vollure, Volbella and Juvederm Ultra XC. Each one of these products is hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body, but each one has a different viscosity and purpose, so Dr. Lichten can customize your results based on your precise concerns, facial structure and budget. These fillers can be used to smooth the lines between the nose and the corners of the mouth (the “nasolabial folds”), restore volume to cheek bones, create fuller lips and minimize the tiny lines over the mouth.
How long will it take to see my results?
Unlike Botox, Juvederm results appear instantly. In fact, Dr. Lichten will often ask patients to look in the mirror when he is almost done with the treatment to ensure that he has addressed all of their concerns and achieved the precise result they are seeking.
How long do facial fillers last?
Most patients find that they last between 6 and 12 months and sometimes longer. Many patients come in at 9 months to get a touch up, rather than a full treatment, which will extend the life of the product.
What is the difference between Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse?
JUVEDERM, Restylane and Radiesse are similar products made by different manufacturers. JUVEDERM and Restylane are made from hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body. Radiesse is man-made calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres which are suspended in an aqueous gel.
Do the injections hurt?
Juvederm products contain lidocaine, which numbs the area during the injection and adds a level of comfort to the procedure. Most patients describe a moderate discomfort during the procedure, but say the results far outweigh the discomfort they experience. The lidocaine does not change the effectiveness of the products.
Why should I have my Fillers done at Central Ohio Plastic Surgery?
Many practitioners who are not plastic surgeons have begun to offer aesthetic treatments like BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, Restylane®, JUVÉDERM® and skin resurfacing procedures. Just because anyone who graduated from medical school can dispense BOTOX, Dysport, and facial fillers, doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea. Some offices use nurse injectors. Injectables are a minimally invasive procedure, but that doesn’t mean you want a minimally trained injector. At Central Ohio Plastic Surgery, you will be having your injections performed by a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Lichten has been trained in the structures of the face and skin as part of his formal residency training, not just as part of a weekend course.
How do I know if my surgeon is qualified to perform my procedure?
No one can guarantee your results. You can, however, ensure that your doctor has had the right training, by confirming that s/he is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Although many physicians claim to be board certified, you should confirm their specialty. In addition, you can gain comfort if your physician is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The ASPS confirms plastic surgeons’ background training and education. In addition, they ensure that the doctor keeps up on the latest medical developments and research.
You can see Dr. Lichten’s background, publications and training at http://www.centralohioplasticsurgery.com/columbus-plastic-surgeon/professional-resume..