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Is Filler Good For Marionette Lines?

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Is Filler Good For Marionette Lines?

Marionette lines are lines that form along the corners of the mouth and go downward toward the chin. They are called marionette lines because they resemble the lines a marionette puppet has to help move their mouth. In many people, marionette lines do not become prominent until they have reached more advanced signs of aging, or they may never appear. For patients who do see them appear earlier on in the aging process, dermal fillers are often the recommended treatment. So, is filler good for marionette lines? The cause of marionette lines is volume and collagen loss. While the movement of the mouth may have some impact on the formation of the lines, the muscle groups themselves do not form the lines when moving it. Therefore, Botox and similar products are unlikely to make a difference in the appearance of marionette lines. On the other hand, dermal fillers can help restore some of the lost volume and plump the area to help restore it to a more youthful appearance. Often, hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are used, but in some cases, Sculptra or Radiesse may be recommended. This is usually when the marionette lines are exceptionally prominent and other treatments like facelift surgery are not necessary or would not alleviate the lines. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, and Price Simulator.
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What Age Should You Start Botox?

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Botox injections are usually associated with people entering or firmly within middle age. However, the concept of “baby Botox” has grown in popularity over the last few years. This is the idea that undergoing small doses of Botox in your twenties can help prevent aging and prolong the need for full doses. So, what age should you start Botox? The answer to this question will likely be different for everyone. Some people simply begin showing their age sooner than others and may benefit from starting Botox injections sooner. Also, there are uses of Botox that are not purely cosmetic or meant to treat aging such as treating migraines, TMJ, and the Botox lip flip. All of these uses can benefit adults of any age. Botox is approved for adults 18 and above. Thus, nearly any adult can get Botox if they are a good candidate. If you are not showing many signs of aging, you may not need Botox injections yet. Many patients, even those who start anti-aging Botox at a younger age, rarely begin regular injections before the age of 25. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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Do Lip Fillers Damage Your Lips?

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Do Lip Fillers Damage Your Lips?

  As one of the top cosmetic procedures of the past decade, people have many questions about lip filler injections. From which is better between Juvederm and Restylane to the risks of the procedure, patients want to know as much as possible before undergoing lip filler injections. At The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, we foster an environment of transparency and patient education. Thus, we do our best to answer all questions they may have. One question patients sometimes ask is, “Do lip fillers damage your lips?”   Lip fillers—when administered properly and with hyaluronic acid fillers—are unlikely to cause damage to your lips. The needle pricks will heal like any other needle poke on your body. Thus, most of the time, there is no scarring and the lips will return to normal once the filler dissolves.    In the cases where fillers do cause damage to the lips, there are usually predictable factors. First, if the patient routinely overfilled their lips for a long period of time, this may cause some stretching of the area or even wrinkling. This is quite rare, but possible. Next, an inexperienced or unqualified provider is more likely to cause damage to the lips due to poor quality supplies, bad technique, or use of inauthentic fillers.   Finally, while less common now, some people underwent silicone lip injections that used industrial grade silicone. This was one of the top causes of lip damage from fillers for years. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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The Top 2 Procedures For Lifting Droopy Cheeks

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The Top 2 Procedures For Lifting Droopy Cheeks

The main cause of droopy cheeks is aging. While not all people will experience this as they age, it can be exceedingly frustrating for those that do. Fat and skin can descend to throw off facial proportions and cause fullness in the wrong places. Not only can this make a patient look aged, but it weighs down the face. There are treatment options. Here are the top 2 procedures for lifting droopy cheeks.

#1: Midface/Cheek Lift

The cheek equivalent of a facelift, this procedure lifts the descended structures back to their natural positions. It also removes any extra skin which may be contributing to a heavier facial appearance. Out of the various anti-aging facial surgeries, a midface lift is performed on the broadest age range. Additionally, it is also frequently performed with a facelift.

#2: Dermal Fillers

While there are several non-surgical options that can help lift the cheeks, dermal fillers are among one of the most effective and reliable options. In cases where there is little extra skin or the fat has not descended significantly, cheek fillers can help balance out the look of the face. Augmenting the appearance of the cheekbones can promote a balanced and younger looking facial appearance. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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3 Hand Rejuvenation Treatments For Younger Looking Hands

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Like the face, the hands tend to age quickly. The skin can lose thickness and laxity. This causes a crepey appearance and also can make the veins and tendons of the hands look more prominent. Several anti-aging treatments for the hands have emerged to both treat and prevent aged-looking hands. Here are 3 hand rejuvenation treatments for younger looking hands.  

#1: Dermal Fillers

  Dermal fillers can plump up the skin to disguise the look of unsightly veins and tendons. Unlike other filler procedures, hand filler is not focused on augmentation, but rather on restoring the look of thickness to the skin of your hand. This is one of the popular hand rejuvenation techniques and both Restylane Lyft and Radiesse are FDA-approved for use in the hands.  

#2: Laser Resurfacing

  Another common option for treating aged hands is with a laser resurfacing procedure. It can either be surgical or non-surgical and it helps improve the quality and appearance of the skin on the skin. This can help reduce age spots and thicken the skin.  

#3: Chemical Peels

  Like how chemical peels are a great prevention tactic for facial aging, they can also help maintain the skin on your hands and prevent aging. The process is essentially the same and a master esthetician can discuss if chemical peels for your hands will provide you the benefits you want.   To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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Does Masseter Botox Work?

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When considering Botox treatment, most people likely picture forehead or glabella injections. However, Botox has several uses around the face. One of the growing Botox treatments is masseter Botox which involves injecting Botox into the masseter muscle to promote slimming of the face. Let’s look at the question, “Does masseter Botox work?”   The masseter muscle is one of the largest on the face and helps jaw movement. People can accidentally build up their muscle through frequent gum chewing, teeth grinding, and other conditions. Some people may naturally have a large masseter muscle.    Botox deactivates specific movements and helps weaken the masseter muscle. Over time, this can make the masseter muscle look smaller and in turn slim the face. This works in several different ways and can work on almost anyone to help define the jaw. It is a great complement to Kybella or submental liposuction.   To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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Are There Risks Of Long Term Juvederm Use?

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Dermal fillers are one of the safest cosmetic procedures currently available. However, like any medication or treatment, many patients wonder if there are long term effects of regularly Juvederm use. Let’s take a look at the question, “Are there risks of long term Juvederm use?”   Generally, most adverse effects or complications of fillers appear within a few weeks of the injections—often much sooner. They are also almost always treatable and leave no permanent effects. The only real long term effects of Juvederm come down to those who scar, have a long lasting inflammatory response, or filler fatigue.   Scarring after injections of any kind is rare. However, if done improperly, injured following the injection, or a complication occurs, scarring can happen. There are treatments that can help reduce scarring. This is uncommon. Though, even less common is a long term inflammatory response. If you regularly use fillers, this is unlikely to happen, but in people new to fillers (or a particular filler) inflammatory responses or allergic reactions can last weeks. While most resolve much sooner, it is a rare possibility.   The more common long term effect is known as filler fatigue. When you keep up with your filler, sometimes the natural aging process can be shocking when letting filler dissolve out completely. This can be exacerbated by overfilling.    To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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Restylane In The Cheeks: Benefits & Risks

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Restylane is one of the most popular manufacturers of hyaluronic acid fillers. They make a variety of fillers to address nearly all filler areas. Their newest filler, Restylane Contour, was created exclusively for cheek augmentation. Let’s look at some of the benefits and risks of injecting Restylane in the cheeks.   First, there are several benefits of Restylane cheek filler. It can enhance the facial contours, make the face look slimmer, and even provide a more youthful appearance. Obviously, based on the individual patient’s anatomy and goals, there are other personalized benefits of cheek filler. It can also address wrinkles and provide a more “lifted” look to the midface. With Restylane Contour, the filler is the perfect consistency and texture to feel and look natural.    All injections come with some basic risks, though they are fairly minimal. With cheek fillers, the risks of other injections such as infection and nerve damage also apply. Filler risks like lumps, nodules, migration, and occlusion of a blood vessel are also present. However, if you are a good candidate and see a qualified provider, the overall risk is fairly low. Your provider can also take steps to minimize risks such as using a cannula and hyaluronic acid fillers over semi-permanent fillers.   To learn more and schedule a consultation with an injector, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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What Kind Of Filler Is Best For The Temples?

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Temple filler is one of the top non-invasive procedures growing in popularity because it can help create a cat eye look, restore lost volume, and achieve a heart-shaped face. However, as far as dermal fillers go, there is not one filler typically touted as the best temple filler. So, let’s take a look at the question, “What kind of filler is best for the temples?” While the temples do not carry a lot of fat, when the fat thins, it can become extremely noticeable. Since the area is not meant to be soft and supple like other areas such as the lips, thick and firm fillers are generally recommended. Depending on your needs, they may recommend a temporary filler like hyaluronic acid or a semi-permanent filler like Radiesse.  The most common fillers used in the area consist of Juvederm Voluma, Restylane Lyft, Radiesse, and Sculptra. If you are new to fillers or temple filler, your provider will likely recommend starting with hyaluronic acid filler. Thankfully, Juvederm Voluma can last up to two years and the temples are less sensitive to facial movement which can help the longevity of filler. For people with more chronic fat loss or aging, Sculptra or Radiesse is often the best choice because it will help stimulate collagen production in the area. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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Are Under Eye Fillers Noticeable?

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The under eyes are one of the areas of the face prone to darkness, hollowing, and thinning. Therefore, even people who have not experienced other signs of aging may notice that their under eyes begin to take on a perpetually tired and hollowed look. Dermal fillers are often the recommended course of action in these cases. Let’s answer the question, “Are under eye fillers noticeable?”   Under eye fillers–when done correctly–mask hollowness and brighten up the eye area. However, if the areas are overfilled or if the skin is particularly thin, it can look unnatural or cause the Tyndall effect. The Tyndall effect is where the filler can appear blueish underneath the skin. This is fairly rare but occurs more often in the under eye area when compared to other treatment areas.   Generally, when performed by a qualified and experienced injector, under eye filler is not overly noticeable. Many will notice your rejuvenated look, but it should not be glaringly obvious that you underwent filler injections.    To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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