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Dermal Fillers in Chicago, IL

FreshSkin offers dermal fillers to the residents of Chicago, Evanston and the surrounding communities in Illinois.

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Collagen injections have been used for many years as an effective treatment for wrinkles, scar revision and lip enhancement. Common dermal fillers include Restylane®, Juvederm®, Radiesse® and Perlane®. Newer options for restoring volume include Belotero®, Sculptra® Aesthetic, Selphyl®, and a more permanent dermal filler called Bellafill®.

Treatable Conditions

Dermal fillers are designed to treat “static wrinkles” caused by the loss of fat pads, embedded deep under the skin. They also treat the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin tissue itself.

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Volumizers, such as Sculptra® Aesthetic, Bellafill® and Selphyl®, are recommended when there is a noticeable loss of volume around the temple, in front of the ears, mid-cheek, beside the nose, and/or under the lips.

How They Work

Dermal fillers (Restylane®, Perlane®, Radiesse®, Juvederm® and Belotero®) are made of all-natural ingredients, including calcium and hyaluronic acid, and are used to “fill” skin that has lost its volume. The newest to the market is Belotero®. It is unique in that it is one of the few products available that can be injected directly into fine wrinkles, making them disappear without any bluing discoloration that can sometimes occur with other dermal fillers.

Sculptra® Aesthetic is made from poly-L-lactic acid (a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material), which helps to replace lost collagen. Within 4 to 6 weeks, the poly-L-lactic acid is completely replaced by your own collagen.

Bellafill® is different from temporary injectable wrinkle fillers in that the product contains unique microspheres that are surrounded by collagen. The tiny microspheres in Bellafill® are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), one of the most widely used materials in medicine since 1949. The body does not absorb the microspheres, as they remain intact at the injection site and provide the support your skin needs for natural, long lasting results.

Selphyl® treatments involve taking a blood sample and using a device to spin out the red and white blood cells, leaving behind platelet rich plasma. Platelets are known to contain many growth factors which your body uses to trigger cell migration and proliferation to rejuvenate and increase skin volume. The platelet rich plasma is then combined with a fibrin mixture to create a platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM), which is then injected into the treatment area to plump up the skin. We overfill the area by about 20% because some of the originally injected volume will be lost. The excess is typically gone in about a day, but over 4-6 weeks, the treated area gradually fills in with collagen. The second treatment is performed at 6 weeks, leaving behind fullness in the skin that lasts around 15 months. When combined with laser treatments, the results may last longer depending on how well you take care of the treated area with skin care products and UV sunscreens.

What to Expect

All of these products are delivered by injection to specific locations on the face. After the injections are performed, you can expect mild swelling and redness at the treatment site. Occasionally, there may be mild bruising that can last from 3 to 7 days. Less common side effects include rash and itching that may last more than 48 hours. Other rare potential side effects may include lumps and granulomas, both of which can be treated.

At FreshSkin, we will help you decide which filler or volumizer best suits your needs. These materials can give you a younger, more rested appearance, enhancing your features and assisting in the defiance of age and gravity. Treatments normally last from 6 months to many years, depending on conditions (i.e. the individual, the product used).

Dr. Tenore and her staff at FreshSkin provide personalized care to residents of Chicago, Evanston and the surrounding communities in Illinois with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, call 847-681-8821 to speak with our friendly staff.


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