Medical Spa Event Recap: Radiesse Dermal Filler at Evolutions

Last night’s educational event at Evolutions Medical Spa highlighted the dermal filler Radiesse.  Greg, our representative from Radiesse, did a thorough presentation that explained what Radiesse is, how it is used, and who can use it. He also showed many impressive before-and-after pictures of Radiesse that illustrated what a difference Radiesse can make in someone’s face.

Read on for the complete recap of the Radiesse presentation:

What is Radiesse Wrinkle Filler?

Radiesse is an injectable filler that contains tiny calcium-based microspheres which are made of components similar to those found naturally in your body. Radiesse instantly restores fullness to smooth out signs of aging and has the beneficial side-effect of stimulating our own natural collagen! Results are instantaneous and may last one year or more and is a more affordable wrinkle correction for a broad range of patients.

Radiesse is the only calcium-based filler. Other dermal fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are made with hyaluronic acid and are not known to stimulate collagen.

What is Radiesse used for?

Radiesse has been approved by the FDA to be used to treat:

Why would I need Radiesse?

As we age, our nasolabial lines and marionette lines deepen, and our cheek and eye areas lose volume. Natural collagen begins to breakdown creating loss of elasticity and wrinkles. The lower face begins to take on more of a broad square shape as opposed to the upside down triangular shape of a youthful face. Radiesse wrinkle filler provides volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging for visible, long-lasting results.

What is the difference between Radiesse and anti-wrinkle treatments like Botox or Dysport?

Botox and Dysport are muscle relaxers that are typically used in the forehead area. Dermal fillers, such as Radiesse, are typically used in the lower part of the face (from the eyes to chin) to replace volume. We would not want to use Botox or Dysport in the lower part of the face because you wouldn’t want to stop the muscles from working in that area. Instead, a dermal filler would be used to replace the volume lost.

What is a Radiesse treatment like?

Now Radiesse can be mixed with an anesthetic (lidocaine) prior to injection to increase the comfort level. Clinical studies have shown that people felt a 60% reduction in pain level during injection. There is no downtime after a treatment. A person may want to use a cold pack to reduce swelling and the chance of bruising and any exercise after the treatment is not recommended (on the day of the treatment).  The day after treatment you can resume any exercise activity.

Who can use Radiesse?

Radiesse is ideal for a broad range of patients for instant correction of moderate to severe wrinkles. Those who should not use Radiesse wrinkle fillers are people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an active infection in the area to be treated.

If you would like to know how Radiesse, or other dermal fillers, can benefit you, please call Evolutions for a complimentary consultation at 805.687.0212.

Santa Barbara Dermal Filler Event at Evolutions

Don’t miss out on this!! Evolutions Medical Spa and Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins will be hosting a “Look Radiant with Radiesse” event about dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can help a person “turn back the clock” and enhance their features (cheekbones!) by filling in wrinkles, and other depressions in the skin.

Dermal fillers contain naturally-occurring substances in your body. The results are instantaneous and can last for one year or more.

* BONUS! Watch Dr. Perkins do a live demonstration of Radiesse and see the results! *

The event includes refreshments, a raffle, and exclusive specials including the pre-purchase of any dermal filler syringes at a great price.

Dermal Filler event details:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Evolutions Medical Spa at 1309 State Street in downtown Santa Barbara
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

RSVP to Evolutions at 805.687.0212 to reserve your spot!

Santa Barbara Dermal Fillers Restylane and Perlane Review and Recap

Last night at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara we hosted an event on Dermal Fillers to an at-capacity crowd. On hand was a representative from Medicis, the pharmaceutical company that produces the popular dermal fillers Restylane and Perlane, and also the anti-wrinkle neuro-modulator Dysport.

We have come to realize that many people do not know the difference between dermal fillers and neuro-modulators such as Botox and Dysport. Botox and Dysport get so much press that people often assume that Botox is the end-all solution to turning back the clock and “erasing” wrinkles! This is not necessarily the case for many people.

Before we get into an in-depth look at dermal fillers, we will give you a brief description of Botox / Dsyport and how they work in your face. Botox and Dysport are neuro-modulators that treat dynamic wrinkles in the upper portion of the face. Popular uses for both of these are for the lines across the forehead, the lines between the brows (often referred to as a “scowl”) and the lines on the outside of the eyes (“crows feet”). These neuro-modulators treat the cause of the wrinkle, which is the muscle beneath them that is creating the crease (or wrinkle). Botox or Dysport relaxes the muscle under the wrinkle and the skin smoothes out.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, provide volume to the face – most commonly used on the lower portion of the face – in places where volume has been lost. As a person ages, volume may be lost under the eyes (causing the under eye dark circles to look darker and the eyes to look sunken) and in the cheekbone area. Deep creases often develop from the side of the nose to the lips (nasiolabial folds) and even on either side of the lips. With the enhancement of dermal fillers, a person may regain the face that they had five or ten years ago, giving them a more alert, rested look.

Several brands of dermal fillers are available at Evolutions. The ones that were highlighted yesterday were Restylane and Perlane. These are made from hyaluronic acid, a complex sugar molecule, that is naturally produced in the body to help provide fullness and elasticity. Restylane is a smaller molecule and better for fine lines, lasting about 6 to 8 months. Perlane is made up of bigger Restylane molecules and typically used for deeper folds. Since the Perlane molecules are bigger, it takes the body longer to break them down and Perlane may last anywhere from 6 to 9 months.

A dermal filler treatment gives a person instantaneous results! Depending the depth of the creases that are being filled (and the number of areas being treated), a treatment may use up to three syringes (3 mL) of filler to achieve “full correction”. “Full correction” means using just the right amount of filler in the treatment areas of the face to get the results you want. How many syringes you will need is determined by Dr. Perkins (or the nurse) who is administering the treatment. Although you may feel that you do not want to purchase two or three syringes for “full correction”, doing this proves to be much more cost effective over time. A study by Medicis showed that if a person had “full correction” and came in for a follow-up treatment before all the dermal filler had broken down (typically between 4.5 and 9 months), they ended up getting half as much the second time because when layering hyaluronic acid it binds to itself.

A very revealing before-and-after interactive picture on the Medicis website showcases the dramatic effect that fillers can have on your face – view it here (use your mouse to “scroll” over the picture and see her face before fillers and after treatment).

Other dermal fillers that Evolutions carries include Radiesse (a much deeper structural filler), Juvederm and Prevelle Silk. Dr. Perkins has also developed a unique protocol of layering fillers, called the Layered Liquid Lift, that treats the entire face and can turn back the clock ten years. The Layered Liquid Lift typcially is done in a 90-minute session and the results last 12 to 18 months. A great alternative to a facelift!

If you are interested in learning more about fillers and what they could do for your look, schedule a complimentary consultation at Evolutions Medical Spa by calling 805.687.0212.

Santa Barbara Medical Spa Event Featuring Dermal Fillers

Are you interested in looking years younger without cosmetic surgery? Then mark your calendars for our Dermal Fillers 101 event on Wednesday, April 27th! Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins and Evolutions Medical Spa are hosting one of their most popular educational events of the year – don’t miss out!

Dermal fillers (including Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Prevelle Silk), which contain naturally-occurring substances found in your body, are used to fill wrinkles, and any other depression, in your skin. They add natural volume and lift that many of us lose over time. Results are instantaneous and can last from six months to one year or more!

Learn about the Layered Liquid Lift, a non-surgical face lift, developed by Dr. Perkins that can turn back the clock by 10 years for you! Watch a video of Dr. Perkins performing a Layered Liquid Lift on a patient, see the difference from before to after!

Dr. Perkins will perform a live filler demonstration! Raffle, refreshments and exclusive specials for attendees! Please RSVP to Evolutions at 805-687-0212 – seats are limited!

The Dermal Fillers event will be held at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara, located at 1309 State Street on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.