Fillers & Injectables
Fillers & Injectables in Pittsburgh
Aging is an ongoing process, but wrinkles don’t have to be a part of it! Utilizing the variety of filler and injectables available in our Pittsburgh office, Dr. Wooten can help to smooth and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, forehead furrows, and laugh lines.
Injectable wrinkle relaxers work by paralyzing the muscles in the face at the site of injection, releasing tightness, thereby allowing for a less aged or stressed appearance. This temporary paralysis also serves to prevent further wrinkling by not permitting the muscles to exacerbate existing creases.
Fillers are an excellent way to restore the appearance of volume to a hollow area that has lost fat due to aging or weight loss, or to simply plump and emphasize an area you would prefer to accentuate. Fillers are most often injected in the lips and cheeks, but they have a variety of alternate applications. From temporary chin augmentations to creating the illusion of a straighter nose, you may be surprised at what fillers can achieve.
Before & After Pictures
This patient had habitually used makeup to correct the asymmetry of her lips for so long, that she barely noticed it anymore. Dr. Wooten used Juvederm to augment the size of her lips, injecting them in such a way that their appearance became more balanced. This patient was extremely satisfied with Dr. Wooten’s technique and her result.
This patient came in for injections to make her face plumper and younger. Relaxing the patient’s wrinkles and filling out her deeper lines with a combination of Radiesse and Botox, Dr. Wooten achieved a more radiant look for the patient.
This patient scheduled an appointment with Dr. Wooten because she wanted to enhance her upper lip. Dr. Wooten injected her with Juvederm and she is pleased with her result.
This patient came in for injections with Marissa Casoli, PA-C. She wanted just a slightly fuller-looking mouth to complement the rest of her face. She knew her lips already looked good, but she wanted an enhanced upper lip to create better symmetry with her lower lip. Marissa injected the patient with Juvederm and the results are subtle and balanced. The patient is very pleased with her result.
This patient had previously seen Dr. Wooten for filler injections and was interested in a slight augmentation of her chin in order to better balance the rest of her face. Dr. Wooten injected her chin with Radiesse, allowing for a temporary and subtle change.
This patient had injections done for years in other offices, and finally came to pay us a visit at Beleza. Her lips, already nicely shaped, were smoothed out with Restylane Silk by our PA, Marissa Casoli. The patient is pictured here immediately post-injection.
Our Beleza offices offer several different types of facial fillers, such as BOTOX, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Xeomin Dysport, Voluma, and Juvederm. This treatments are minimally invasive and require no downtime.
Dr. Wooten explains the use microcannulas for her filler injections.
In consultation, Dr. Wooten will discuss your options and goals, allowing us to reach the best option for you. The following are some of the products and services we provide:
BOTOX is the most popular injectable available. Due to its ability to temporarily relax facial muscles which can cause wrinkles and furrows, botulinum toxin, (a.k.a. BOTOX) is a fast way to achieve a more youthful look. Because Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles of the face, Botox not only minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, but it also discourages the worsening of existing ones. The results are visible after 7-10 days, and can last for up to 5 months. For Botox injections, Pittsburgh residents can schedule a consultation in our office. Appointments for Botox injections take 30-45 minutes, and, in order to minimize discomfort, the site may be numbed prior to injection.
JUVEDERM is an injectable gel that has been popular in Europe for years and is now available for dermatological use in the U.S. It is made out of a water soluble substance that is naturally present in our skin, called hyaluronic acid. Juvederm is injected into a skin wrinkle or unwanted crease to erase it or make it more shallow. The greatest advantage of this filler is it’s softness. It is the most common filler used for volumizing lips and the perioral area. The results are visible immediately following the treatment. The results last six months or longer.
XEOMIN is another wrinkle relaxer that competes with Botox. Xeomin injections are a fast way to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The results are visible after a few days and results should las up to six months.
DYSPORT became approved by the FDA in 2009. Dysport is a competitor to Botox, and they are used to treat similar effects in similar areas. Dysport is often used as a wrinkle reducer on crow’s feet or to smooth forehead lines. Much like other wrinkle relaxers, the results are visible within a few days and last for several months.
RESTYLANE is a lip and facial filler which restores volume to the skin by filling wrinkles and lines around the nose, mouth and chin at the more superficial skin layer. We achieve a natural, soft and smooth look with this filler. The results are instantly visible and should last up to six months or longer.
PERLANE is a filler that is often used in conjunction with Restylane. It is made of larger particles and more commonly injected into the deeper layers of skin. It is widely used for cheek augmentation. The results are instantly visible and may last 6 months or longer.
BELOTERO is a lip and facial filler which has been touted as a “wrinkle killer.” Belotero restores volume to the skin by filling wrinkles and lines at the superficial skin layer. The result is a natural, plumper look that instantly visible and should last up to six months or longer, though the duration of its efficacy varies from person to person and depends upon the site injected.
RADIESSE is a filler which stimulates the body’s own collagen growth at the site of injection. It is a great cheek-volumizing filler that lends a softer and brighter quality to your skin. The results are immediately visible and can last for a year or longer.
VOLUMA is the only facial filler indicated for use in the entire face. Much like other fillers, it is an excellent way to plump up those tired wrinkles and correct for the volume we naturally lose as we age.
The aging face shows the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and years of facial muscle movement due to smiling, chewing, and squinting. We realize the value in new injectable techniques that can improve areas that surgery cannot.
During your initial consultation, bring your areas of concern to the attention of Dr. Wooten. If you are planning to have an injection done, make sure that you are not taking any medications that can potentially cause bruising (any blood thinners, fish oil, etc.) for up to two weeks prior to the appointment.
Though the majority of our filler patients have significant wrinkling or volume loss, you do not have to wait until your skin develops deep lines to get these procedures. In our practice, age is not relevant. Sometimes, younger faces can still benefit from fillers or ‘preemptive’ Botox. Bring your concerns to Dr. Wooten’s attention and she will counsel you on your options.
Injections at Beleza Plastic Surgery are performed by Dr. Wooten herself or by Marissa Casoli, PA-C, under Dr. Wooten’s guidance. You will receive some form of local anesthetic prior to the procedure, which will make the entire process more comfortable. Filler injections take only a few minutes. A small amount of swelling is expected for a few hours after the procedure. Bruising is unusual if you have stopped all medication that can potentially cause bruising and swelling for at least two weeks prior to the injections.
Unlike many other rejuventation procedures, facial fillers have an extremely short recovery period. Some swelling may last, but only for a few hours and any redness should disappear shortly and can be easily covered by makeup.
Potential Risks for Fillers & Injectables:
As with any medical procedure, the benefits of facial fillers, injectables and chemical peels come with health risks. While some possible asymmetry, over-correction, or under-correction may still occur even with an experienced surgeon, a skilled board certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Wooten, will usually be able to minimize the possibility of these outcomes.
To schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Anna Wooten regarding facial fillers and wrinkle reducers in Pittsburgh, call (724) 759-7777.