Injectable Fillers

An injectable filler is used to get rid of folds and wrinkles in the cheeks and lower face. They are different from Botox because Botox is used to paralyze certain muscles around the eyes and the forehead that lead to fine lines in these regions. The lines and folds in the lower face are not caused by muscle contraction and require volume replacement to hide them. For example, the folds that form between the nose and the corners of the mouth are great candidates for injectable fillers. Another area that is helped with injectable fillers is lip thinning. Injectable fillers can be used to plump up lips that have lost their shapeliness and fullness over time.

These injectable fillers are available at Garlich Facial Plastics: Injectable fillers last between six to eighteen months depending upon which filler you choose and where it is placed. For example, the hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm) and collagen (Evolence) last 6-12 months. These are great for lips and finer lines. Radiesse (hydroxyapatite) is great for the deeper folds because it has a greater longevity, but it cannot be used in finer lines or the lips, in my opinion. There are more semi-permanent fillers, such as Sculptra, which take longer to achieve volume replacement but give longer-lasting benefits. Sculptra is for patients with a great deal of patience who are willing to wait months for the results.

Dr. Garlich spends a great deal of time with each patient going over details so that the patient feels empowered with the knowledge that helps him or her to make the best choice. Contact us today to see what's right for you.