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Dermal Fillers

Give skin a smoother, fuller appearance

Luminous You uses Restylane, Juvederm/Voluma, and Sculptra for our soft tissue filler services. Also known as injectable implants, dermal fillers, or wrinkle fillers, these FDA approved treatments are used for cheek and lip augmentation, smoothing wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines, and adding volume in targeted areas.

Fillers are a great way to appear more youthful and increase self-esteem. While many clients worry about looking “overdone”, our certified staff are skilled in administering our injectable products. We listen to your desired outcome and artistically apply fillers and/or Botox to achieve the results you desire – all in the comfort of our St. Paul office. Our motto is “Everyone will notice, but no one will know!”

The following information, created by the FDA, aims to help you make an informed choice to visit us for the best care possible.

What materials are used in soft tissue fillers?

Absorbable (temporary) materials:

  • Collagen is a type of protein that is a major part of skin and other tissues in the body. Sources of purified collagen used in soft tissue fillers can be from cow (bovine) or human cells. The effects of collagen fillers generally last for 3-4 months. They are the shortest lasting of injectable filler materials.
  • Hyaluronic acid is able to combine with water and swell when in gel form, causing a smoothing/filling effect. Sources of hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers can be from bacteria or rooster combs (avian). The effects of this material last approximately 6-12 months.
  • Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is a long lasting filler material that is given in a series of injections over a period of several months. The effects of PLLA generally become increasingly apparent over time (over a period of several weeks) and its effects may last up to 2 years.

Non-absorbable (permanent) materials:

  • Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA microspheres) are tiny, round, smooth particles that are not absorbed by the body. When used as a soft tissue filler, PMMA beads are suspended in a gel-like solution that contains cow (bovine) collagen and injected into the face.

Approved Uses

  • Soft tissue fillers made from absorbable (temporary) material are FDA-approved for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and skin folds, such as nasolabial folds. Nasolabial folds are the wrinkles on the sides of your mouth that extend towards the nose. They are commonly referred to as “smile lines” or “marionette lines.” They can also be used to fulfill lost underlying tissues.
  • The soft tissue filler made from non-absorbable (permanent) material is FDA approved ONLY for the correction of nasolabial folds.

Risks

As in any medical procedure, there are risks involved with the use of soft tissue fillers. That is why it is important for you to understand their limits and possible risks.
Any soft tissue filler can cause long-term side effects, permanent side effects, or both. However, most side effects associated with soft tissue fillers happen shortly after injection and most go away in less than two weeks.

The following risks are for FDA-approved uses of Soft Tissue Fillers. The risks associated with unapproved uses are not known.

  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Itching, rash
  • Difficulty in performing activities (only observed when injected into the back of the hand)

Less common side effects (Please notify Luminous You immediately in the event you suspect any of these complications):

  • Raised bumps in or under the skin (nodules or granulomas) that may need to be surgically removed
  • Infection
  • Open or draining wounds
  • A sore at the injection site
  • Allergic reaction
  • Necrosis (tissue death)