Why Come to Aesthetic Laser Care for Your Next Dermal Filler Treatment?
• Dr. Michael Lafkas and his highly trained nurse, Rocio Santana RN, perform all injectable treatments at Aesthetic Laser Care. Dr. Lafkas is one of the busiest injectors in Southern California and has achieved Black Diamond Level Status from Allergan, the highest level attainable. Together, Dr. Lafkas and Rocio Santana have performed tens of thousands of treatments with over 20 years experience between the two of them.
• Dr. Lafkas and Rocio Santana, RN, both inject with blunt tip cannulas to greatly reduce the risk of bruising, pain, and other complications while allowing us to treat areas that were previously avoided like the under eye zones, under the eyebrows (our unique brow lift treatment) and superficial temples.
• Dr. Lafkas is a speaker and trainer for Allergan, the company that makes Juvederm, Voluma, and Botox, and has trained hundreds of nurses and doctors since 2006.
• Safe and effective treatments. Don't risk being treated by a novice injector. Injection technique can make all the difference in achieving a natural result with little discomfort and minimal to no downtime.
• Competitive Prices:
Voluma: $750 ($650 Additional Syringe Same Session) - 1.0ml syringe - Lasts up to 2 years.
Vollure: $600 ($500 Additional Syringe Same Session) - 1.0ml syringe - Lasts up to 18 months.
Juvederm: $450 ($375 Additional Syringe Same Session) - 1.0ml syringe - Lasts up to 1 year.
Volbella: $350 ($275 Additional Syringe Same Session) - 0.6ml syringe - Lasts up to 1 year.
Radiesse: $500 ($425 Additional Syringe Same Session) - 1.5ml syringe - Lasts up to 1 year.
Sculptra: $675/1st Vial($575/Additional Vial Same Session). Visit our Sculptra Page for more details.
Liquid Face-Lift (Starting at $1,500): Clients wishing for more dramatic results with 3 or more syringes of fillers receive substantial discounts. These treatments provide dramatic lifting and filling and are generally reserved for clients over the age of 50.
Stop all Aspirin for 7 to 10 days, and Motrin/ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, fish oil, and Vitamin E for 4 days before treatment to minimize your risk of bruising.
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Dermal Fillers, like Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella are made of a clear, non-animal, biodegradable gel based on a natural substance called hyaluronic acid. The gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts. The result is instantaneous and produces a long-lasting, natural enhancement that is gentle and safe for your skin. Radiesse, on the other hand, is made of Calcium Hydroxylapatite, a biocompatible/bioabsorbable substance that is similar to what bones are made of.
During treatment, the filler is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle or blunt tip cannula. The dermal filler produces volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted up and smoothed out. When enhancing lips or facial contours, dermal fillers add volume and shape to the treated area.
How Long Will the Treatment Session Take?
Treatment with Dermal Fillers is a quick and easy process. A treatment generally takes 30 minutes. The time differs somewhat, depending on the correction you wish to have performed.
Is a Skin Test Required?
No. Treatment with all the dermal fillers offered at Aesthetic Laser Care does not require the use of a skin test prior to treatment.
What Can Be Treated?
Dermal Fillers can be used for smoothing out folds and wrinkles, lip enhancements and shaping facial contours while lifting the cheeks and filling in the temples. The most common areas are the cheeks, temples, undereyes, the nasolabial folds (from the root of the nose to the angle of the mouth), lips, and chin, although other sites can also be treated. Very superficial or very deep wrinkles may be difficult to correct. Your injector will consult with you before any dermal filler treatment to insure you are a good candidate.
How Long will the Treatment Last?
Dermal Filler wrinkle treatments are long-lasting but not permanent. In general, Juvederm, Volbella, Restylane and Radiesse last up to 1 year. Voluma can last up to 2 years in the cheek zones. Most fillers last up to 6 months in the lips. The length of time a treatment maintains its effect is very individual and depends on many factors, such as the filler used, the location injected, your age, skin type, as well as the injection technique.
Does it Hurt?
Most people find the injections tolerable but not fun. We usually apply a topical numbing gel that contains Lidocaine and Tetracaine for 15 to 30 minutes prior to treating. The numbing gel fades after a couple of hours. Most dermal fillers also contain lidocaine to further minimize discomfort. It is rare for us to have to use a nerve block anymore.
How Soon will I See the Results?
The results will be seen immediately.
What will I Look Like After the Treatment?
Immediately after the treatment, you can expect slight redness, swelling, and tenderness in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection. The discomfort is temporary and generally disappears in a few days.
Bruising is very common and can last 3 to 14 days. Taking ibuprofen (Motrin), Advil, Aleve, Aspirin (baby or adult size), high dose Vitamin E, Flax seed oil in the week prior to treatment can dramatically increase your chances of bruising. Please avoid all of these for at least 4 days prior to your treatment, and aspirin for at least 7 days prior to your treatment. Alcohol intake can also increase your bruising risk. Arnica montana tablets or topically can help to expedite the clearance of bruises when they occur.
Lumps and firmness where the filler was injected can last 2 to 7 days and are commonly seen in the lips. This is normal and can be massaged gently the day after your treatment. Most soreness should begin to fade after 2 to 3 days. You should notify our office immediately if there is any worsening discomfort after 3 days.
What should I Bear in Mind After my Dermal Filler Treatment?
Do not rub or massage the treatment area the first 12 hours after your treatment. Avoid strenuous exercise the day of your treatment as it may increase the size or likelihood of bruises. You can return to your regular exercise schedule the day after. Until the initial swelling and redness have resolved, do not expose the treated area to intense heat or extreme cold.
Can Dermal Fillers be Removed or Dissolved?
Yes, all hyaluronic acid based products (Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, and Voluma) can be broken down in days using a special enzyme called Hyaluronidase. Therefore, the results are reversible. However, hyalronic-acid based dermal fillers also dissolve naturally with time.
Note: Radiesse is not made of Hyaluronic acid and cannot be dissolved or broken down with the Hyaluronidase enzyme.
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