Acquiring a beautiful, youthful look goes beyond the surface. True improvement requires addressing deeper issues–specifically a loss of facial volume and elasticity due to diminishing collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. Dr. Marguerite Germain uses injectable treatments, such as Juvéderm®, at her Charleston, SC, area practice to counter this loss, employing skill and artistry to temporarily fill in wrinkles and plump up facial features for a natural-looking, refreshed appearance.
The Germain Dermatology team wants to ensure each of our patients are accomplishing their aesthetic goals and, in the process, stay comfortable during and after their procedure. We offer a variety of FDA-approved dermal fillers– Juvéderm®, Juvéderm® VOLUMA, Restylane® Lyft, Restylane® Silk, Radiesse®, and Perlane®–in order to best serve each of our patients' individual needs, and Dr. Germain personally performs all injections.
In order to select the best option for you, we suggest you schedule a free consultation with Dr. Marguerite Germain. Call (843) 881–4440 to learn more about dermal fillers like Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Juvéderm® at her Charleston area practice.
As you age, natural environmental factors–like sunlight–can reduce the amount of hyaluronic acid in your skin. This lack of HA causes your skin to lose structure and volume, creating those unwanted facial wrinkles and folds.
Dr. Germain offers several varieties of hyaluronic acid (HA) gel fillers: Juvéderm®, Restylane® Lyft, Restylane® Silk, and Perlane®. Patients appreciate the fact that these popular fillers are composed of a substance that occurs naturally in the human body and do not require allergy testing. These fillers also have a proven record of efficiency, each achieving results that may last six to 12 months, depending upon the area treated.
Juvéderm VOLUMA® is an innovative, injectable volumizer that delivers a smoother, more youthful appearance to your cheeks, cheekbones, and chin in as little as 15 to 30 minutes. This hyaluronic acid (HA) filler developed by the Juvéderm® brand has the ability to last up to two years, compared to the six- to 12-month window of current HA fillers like Restylane®, Prevelle®, and basic Juvéderm®. VOLUMA® was also created to be smoother than other HA facial fillers, making it easier to inject during treatment.
Juvéderm VOLUMA® was approved, and widely used, in Canada and Europe for several years before its approval in the United States. The Germain Dermatology team was thrilled to be one of the first (and few) in the country to offer the treatment to our patients.
In addition to adding immediate volume, Radiesse® Volumizing Filler stimulates collagen production. This protein will continue to grow in the skin for months, providing a long-term benefit. This is particularly beneficial for aging hands. A single treatment can yield results that last longer than a year. Dr. Germain is an extremely experienced injector with Radiesse®.
This collagen-producing volumizer gives patients a more gradual, natural, wrinkle-free look over time. Made with poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra® targets the deep dermis, providing a foundation for a fuller, more youthful look.
With an average of three injection sessions over a few months’ time, results can last more than two years.
Arrive to the office with a fresh, clean face. No makeup, please.
A topical anesthetic will be applied to the areas to be injected. There is also anesthetic in each syringe of filler. You may experience some redness, swelling, and bruising after your treatment; because of this, arrange major social events at least two weeks after your treatment date. Patients normally report bruising lasting up to two weeks after their injections. Many patients schedule a complimentary V-Beam laser treatment for after the procedure, which will help the bruising to resolve more quickly. Avoid self-tanners in the days before your Juvéderm® or other dermal filler treatments in case lasers are needed.
Avoid Certain Supplements and Pills
One week before your Juvéderm® or other dermal filler session, stop taking multi-vitamins, Vitamin E, fish oil, Ibuprofen, and red wine. Before stopping any medication, be sure to check with your doctor.
Take Arnica Montana
Arnica Montana is a homeopathic supplement that prominent cosmetic surgeons have used for years to help their patients' bruises diminish faster. We recommend patients start taking the product two days before their Juvéderm® or other dermal filler procedure and continue taking it for five days afterward or longer if needed.
Ice the Area
Icing the treatment area after your Juvéderm® or other filler procedure causes the blood vessels to constrict and can help minimize bruising. Icing for 48 hours following a procedure will also help decrease the swelling.
Eating fresh pineapple can help minimize bruising as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Fresh pineapple juice contains many nutrients, including the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory that can decrease swelling, point tenderness, and pain. Pineapple juice may help reduce the recovery time from bruising. Just remember: It must be fresh–and you must eat the pineapple, not just drink the juice.
Camouflage with Makeup
Look for a concealer kit with several colors that will take you through the stages of a bruise. We carry post-procedure corrective kits designed specifically to conceal treatment bruising. When used correctly, they are extremely effective and no one will ever know you had anything done. We recommend Jane Iredale's Corrective Colors kit for use after getting Juvéderm® or another dermal filler.
Dermal fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane® can fill in wrinkles and add volume to thinning facial features, but they cannot reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by facial expressions. For those wrinkles–known as "dynamic wrinkles"–treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic is a better choice.
The Germain Dermatology team can guide you in selecting which dermal filler or other treatment is best suited to deliver the results you are seeking.