Beauty Bytes

Not all Fillers ‘Fill’

By: Margaryta Suvorova, RN

Did you know that we lose 1% of collagen every year after we turn 20? And this is even when you wear SPF daily and protect yourself from the sun. So, let’s be practical, how many of us actually use SPF every day and re-apply it every two hours as directed in our 20’s? I’m definitely guilty. If I could talk to my 20-year self, I would say hide from the sun to avoid extra collagen loss in my 30’s. Luckily, there are a lot of treatments at Javan that help stimulate collagen so we can slow down the aging process. With that being said, let’s talk about one of my favorite treatments – hyperdilute Radiesse.

Radiesse is a versatile calcium based dermal filler that can not only replace lost facial volume and help balance facial features, but it can also stimulate both collagen and elastin in the skin.

I use Radiesse frequently as a structural filler to define the cheek area, chin and jawline (I had Radiesse in my cheeks and chin almost two years ago and it still looks great!). But when I dilute it with sterile normal saline and inject it, it stimulates collagen and delivers a smoothing effect to skin as well. This is ideal for skin remodeling on the face, neck, décolleté, hands, knees, arms and other areas where skin loses its elasticity and strength. Radiesse consists of carrier gel and tiny microspheres called calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA). These tiny little microspheres are injected into the skin to start a biostimulation process (triggering of the body’s own, natural, self-healing and self-regenerative mechanisms). The body reacts by depositing collagen and elastin around the sphere and over time the calcium particles disintegrate, leaving behind healthier, plumper and more useful skin.

I recommend getting at least three treatments 4-5 weeks apart. While you’ll see immediate results right after the treatment, full results take about 90 days.

Another very popular use for hyperdilute Radiesse is BBL or Brazilian Butt Lift. For those who want to improve the shape, improve skin appearance, and add subtle volume in the glutes, this is a great alternative to a surgical procedure. Hyperdilute Radiesse provides immediate voluminazation and initiates production of collagen and elastin. This treatment can address concerns such as shelf, hip dips, heart shape and projection of the glutes. As always, Javan offers free consultations to see if you are a good cadidate for treatment.



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