In Miami, the land of the "Beautiful People" - where sun and sand mean that skin is always exposed, Dr. Andrea Trowers, Board Certified Dermatologist based in North Miami Beach, helps enhance all of her client's beauty.
Dr. Trowers exclusively addresses many of your biggest skin care questions in our ongoing series of columns. Her latest column is on the best facial fillers currently on the market that you should consider for softening wrinkles, and enhancing a wide variety of facial features - and why new ones aren't always better. - RLB
If it’s not broken don’t fix it. That pretty much sums up my current philosophy about facial fillers. The right fillers, when injected by the right physician, can soften wrinkles, create or accentuate cheekbones, fill in the dark circles under your eyes and overall freshen up your look. But new fillers are constantly coming into the market and it is important to find a physician who is looking out for you (and most importantly your face’s) best interest and not just their profit margin. Also, you should be suspicious of a doctor who agrees to your demand for the same filler your friend just had. Everyone’s face is different and the aging process affects each person’s face differently. This is the catch 22 of being in shape or thin…your age is going to show on your face quicker than if you are overweight.
Currently my favorite fillers are Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane and Juvaderm. These are all laboratory versions of substances that already naturally occur in your skin. So you cannot be allergic to them. Also they actually stimulate collagen growth (and who ever said no to more of that!). These fillers can last anywhere from five to nine months, depending on the type. I really don’t think longer lasting fillers are a great option…although it would solve the headache of having to go back to see your doctor. Your face changes over time due to weight changes and the normal aging process. I never inject my patients the same way each time because their faces change and I think this contributes to the natural aesthetic I am trying to achieve.
The best option if you are considering fillers it to talk to a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon that does a lot of fillers. Recommendations from friends are always a great source. I inject myself, my staff, and my staff’s family so there is always a live demonstration or personal account of the results I have achieved. The physician you speak to should be well versed in the filler types available and be able to quickly determine what filler would be best for you. They should also be explain what the filler can and cannot do for you and they may point out areas for injection that you may not have considered. You should never feel pressured, confused or rushed. Remember this is your face and what is the newest or cheapest is not necessarily the best. - Dr. Andrea Trowers
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