We are surrounded by images of people with flawless skin – not a pore, line, wrinkle, or scar in sight. Professional makeup, flattering lighting effects, and airbrushing techniques make it easy to look good in magazines, on television, and in the movies. It's harder to look good in real life...but not as hard as you think. Filler therapy with injectables such as JUVÉDERM® and Sculptra® helps Philadelphia residents restore volume in their skin and facial features to look years younger without surgery.
One of the top injectors in the nation, Allergan has chosen Timothy M. Greco MD, FACS to make this and other instructional videos for physicians across the country.
Injectable fillers such as Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® are a safe, non-surgical procedures that help our Philadelphia skin rejuvenation patients replenish the natural collagen support layer in their skin for immediate rejuvenation. Many facial lines and wrinkles are caused by the wearing down of the natural collagen support layer just beneath your skin. Creams can moisturize or exfoliate the surface of your skin, but they can't diminish the lines or wrinkles that are caused by the wearing away of the underlying collagen support layer.
Injectables also can be used for facial volumizing. We offer Sculptra® to fill facial depressions for a more plump and youthful appearance. Sculptra is a skin volumizer that is diluted in sterile water and injected beneath the skin. After Sculptra is injected into the body, it stimulates the formation of new collagen, which increases skin volume and fills wrinkles.
In addition to Sculptra, Restylane and JUVÉDERM®, we also offer RADIESSE®, a wrinkle filler that actually can stimulate your body to grow new collagen for improved skin tone. RADIESSE can restore facial volume and can be used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and folds around the mouth or on the cheeks. Results are immediate and may last a year or more.
Dr. Greco has taught physicians all over the country on the use of fillers and neuromodulators such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®. He has published numerous articles in the medical literature on injectables for facial rejuvenation.
The skin is your body's largest and most visible organ. Your skin is composed of two layers: The uppermost layer of skin, called the epidermis, acts as a protective barrier. The epidermis controls the loss of water from cells and tissues, and without it your body would quickly dehydrate. Just beneath the epidermis is the second layer of skin, called the dermis. This layer is composed primarily of collagen. Collagen forms a network of fibers that provides a framework for the growth of cells and blood vessels. As the primary component of the dermis, collagen acts as the support structure for your skin.
When your skin is young, the collagen framework is intact, keeping your skin moisturized and elastic. Young skin is resilient. The facial lines that appear when you smile or frown simply disappear when you stop smiling or frowning. Over time, the collagen framework weakens and your skin loses its elasticity. Older skin is less resilient, so the facial lines that appear with a smile or frown don't disappear when you stop smiling or frowning.
Hyaluronic acid fillers have gained popularity since their FDA approval and provide longer lasting results as compared to bovine or human collagen injections. These fillers replace lost volume in the skin. Over a period of months, the hyaluronic acid is harmlessly absorbed by the body until a touch-up treatment is administered.
Filler therapy may not be appropriate for all lines and scars, or in the presence of certain medical conditions. For most people, however, filler therapy is a safe, convenient, and immediate way to treat any of the following conditions:
Just like natural collagen, injectable fillers eventually lose their form and wear down. Ongoing treatments are required to maintain the improvements achieved with filler therapy.
It's important to understand that filler treatments are highly individual. The same amount of filler that would give one person full correction, may result in inadequate or partial correction for another person. The amount of filler required for full correction will depend on your age, skin condition, and amount of sun damage.