Restylane Silk, Restylane Lift, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Vollure, Volbella, Voluma, and Belotero are safe, natural fillers used to restore volume and fullness to the skin. These hyaluronic acids (HA’s) correct facial wrinkles and deep creases from the mouth’s corners to the nose or chin, plump up thin lips, and re-contour deep hallows below the eyes.
Restylane Silk is a type of filler that doesn’t just plump up lips and make them fuller but also smoothes wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth. It helps recapture a rounder, fuller mouth that looks more youthful, fighting the effects of aging and thinning of the lips.
During your treatment, which typically takes under an hour, your healthcare professional will thoroughly clean the areas in preparation for the procedure. You may also be administered special pain medication to numb the area. During the treatment, Restylane Silk gel is injected in the area using a fine needle.
Usually, when you get Restylane Silk treatments, you may need either one or two sessions for the best results. However, this depends on the severity of each case. You can discuss this with your healthcare provider when you schedule your treatment.
Fortunately, there is no recovery or downtime associated with Restylane Silk. Although you may experience minor bruising and swelling in the treated area, you can return to your regular daily activities immediately after your procedure.
Restylane Lyft is used to treat facial wrinkles. This filler has been around since 2015 and uses hyaluronic acid for plumping up the skin and adding youth to an aging face. Overall, the product is used to:
- lift the cheeks and make them rounder and fuller
- smoothing out fine lines (smoker’s lines) & wrinkles
- addresses aging hands to give them a more youthful appearance
Restylane Lyft generally targets the face and the backs of the hands as a way to make them look younger by providing more volume. The skin appears plumper and fuller when the injectable is inserted in the skin of these areas.
When you go in for the Restylane Lyft session, your healthcare provider will first administer lidocaine to numb the target area or areas to be treated. Once the procedure begins, they use a fine needle to inject the dermal filler in the problem areas. You should not feel any pain at all.
In general, you should only need a single treatment when you get Restylane Lyft done. You will also see immediate results after your session. However, if you have particularly deep wrinkles or volume loss, you may need several sessions with multiple injections.
Restylane Lyft requires hardly any downtime and recovery, but it varies with each patient. You will likely experience minimal swelling and bruising a day to 36 hours after your procedure but it should subside quickly. Usually, you can resume your everyday activities the same day after your treatment.
Restylane Refyne is an injectable filler made up of hyaluronic acid and XpresHAn technology. The dermal filler can correct the natural effects of aging that result in fine lines around the corners of your mouth, also known as smile lines. Over time, these lines deepen as your skin loses its youthful elasticity. Restylane Refyne works to correct this issue and restore smoothness to the skin around your mouth.
Specifically, Restylane Refyne targets the skin surrounding your mouth. It gives you a more youthful look while allowing you to maintain your natural expressions while smiling, puckering, or frowning.
Patients can expect to be at their Refyne sessions for around an hour or less. Before the injections, our anesthesiologist will administer pain medication to combat any pain or discomfort you could potentially experience. They will then clean the area to be treated and administer the product through a fine needle.
Many patients only require one or two treatments when they get Restylane Refyne. However, this depends on the person and the depth of their smile lines. You may need a few more sessions to get your best results if your lines are particularly stubborn.
As Restylane Refyne is a minimally invasive procedure, you will not require any recovery or downtime. Although you may have some redness, bruising, swelling, or tenderness in the treated area, this is temporary and should clear up within a week. You can resume your daily routine immediately after leaving our office.
Restylane Defyne targets deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines to pave way for a younger appearance and firmer skin while allowing you to maintain your natural facial expressions.
Before a Defyne session, patients receive local anesthesia to numb the treatment area to minimize the chance of any pain or discomfort. Once the treatment itself begins, your provider will use ultra-fine needles to inject the dermal filler into the areas. The procedure itself is painless and fast.
The number of treatments required depends on the severity of each patient’s case. However, you can see results immediately following the Defyne session with collagen production taking place. Many patients won’t need a second session to see results.
Restylane Defyne treatment does not require any recovery or downtime. You can return to your regular daily routine and activities after you receive your treatment. You may experience some minor side effects like swelling, bruising, and soreness in the areas treated, but this is normal and subsides quickly.
Juvederm Ultra Plus
Juvederm Ultra Plus is a hyaluronic acid filler that is thicker in consistency than Juvederm Ultra. It corrects the cosmetic issue of deep wrinkles and fine lines in various areas of the face to result in a smooth, firm facial texture, making you look younger and fresher.
Juvederm Ultra Plus is a great alternative to getting a traditional facelift, often referred to as a liquid facelift.
When you undergo Juvederm Ultra Plus treatment, Dr. Donath cleans the injection sites and then adds a topic anesthetic or ice to the area to numb it. Afterward, a fine needle containing the filler is injected. The treatment itself lasts 15 to 40 minutes.
Juvederm Ultra Plus lets you see results after one single session. Those results generally last anywhere from six months to a full year, though we advise patients to schedule a few maintenance sessions during that time. Of course, each person is unique, so how long the treatment lasts and when you need to get additional treatment depends on the situation.
There is no recovery or downtime with Juvederm Ultra Plus. You may have some minor bruising or swelling in the treatment area, which is normal.
Juvederm Vollure is an injectable filler used to treat severe facial wrinkles. Vollure results can last up to 18 months, all from one single session.
During your Juvederm Vollure session, our doctors apply a topical cream to numb the area first. Then, a fine needle is used to inject Juvederm Vollure into the target areas, with a session lasting between 30 to 45 minutes.
After getting Juvederm Vollure, you should avoid extensive sun or heat exposure and strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours. You may have redness, swelling, or itching in the treated areas and can apply ice. Your doctor will also advise you on when you can resume wearing makeup.
Juvederm Volbella is injected directly into the lips with a fine needle. Before the treatment, the doctor gives you lidocaine, a numbing agent, to prevent pain in the treated area.
You should see results from your treatment immediately after your session. You may need one additional treatment to get the best results, which last for a year.
Generally, there’s no downtime or recovery for the treatment, but you should refrain from strenuous activity and direct sunlight or heat exposure for the first 24 hours. You may have swelling and redness in the treated area, which is normal.
Juvederm Voluma XC
Juvederm Voluma XC is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler meant to correct the natural effects of aging in the face.
Juvederm Voluma XC targets the cheeks to restore a fuller, plumper face.
During your treatment of Juvederm Voluma XC, a numbing agent is applied to the area. Afterward, the doctor uses a fine needle to inject it into the cheeks.
You may only need one treatment as the results of Juvederm Voluma XC lasts up to two years. However, results may vary depending on the person, which means additional sessions may be needed. This can be discussed with Dr. Donath during your consultation.
After Juvederm Voluma XC treatment, you can resume your regular daily tasks and routine as there is no recovery or downtime.
Belotero is a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid. This injectable offers many benefits, such as:
- targeting deep wrinkles and lines around the mouth
- addresses cheek and forehead lines
- smoothens craters in the chin
- adding fullness to the lips
During Belotero treatment, your provider cleans the target areas, applies a numbing cream, and uses a fine needle to inject the filler in the areas to be treated. The procedure usually lasts around 20 minutes.
You may need two treatments per year with Belotero. Results last for around six months, or longer with proper care.
While there is no recovery or downtime, you may experience soreness and redness in the treated areas. This is a normal Belotero side effect that clears up over a week.
FACIAL FILLERS ARE DIFFERENT THAN COLLAGEN…
Unlike collagen, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lift, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Vollure, Volbella, Voluma, and Belotero are not derived from animals so the risk of allergic reaction is nearly eliminated. Aside from their minimal risks, HA’s last longer than other injectible fillers now on the market. Dr. Donath’s patients commonly notice positive results for 6 months or longer – at least twice as long as collagen’s effects. A touch-up treatment will further enhance the natural-looking results obtained with HA fillers.
Sculptra & Radiesse, are an FDA-approved treatments used to correct deep facial wrinkles and folds. radiesse uniquely restores volume and promotes the growth of the body’s own collagen without surgery, downtime or the risks of permanent implants.
“Radiesse raises the bar for the treatment of nasolabial folds, delivering safe and effective enhancement that stimulates new tissue growth and collagen deposition. This clinical response rebuilds the skin’s foundation so that wrinkles or folds treated with Radiesse maintain the aesthetic correction over the long term. Overall, Radiesse is a worthwhile investment that meets our patients’ demands, and often exceeds their expectations with high satisfaction.”
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
About Dr. Donath
Welcome to the practice of Dr. Alexander S. Donath, a renowned facial plastic surgeon who has gained an international reputation for excellence in facial cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. Donath is honored to be invited regularly to present his techniques at international conferences in aesthetic surgery and has patients fly in from all parts of the U.S. and many foreign countries. Dr. Donath has also earned the respect of fellow physicians, having been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati Magazine and by Castle Connolly for many consecutive years, is a national trainer of other physicians for both Galderma and Allergan, and is a frequent guest on multiple media outlets to present the public with the most recent facial aesthetic techniques.
Even before medical school, Dr. Donath knew his interest was in surgery, and so during medical school when he fell in love with the anatomy of the face, head, & neck, he elected to pursue a goal of becoming a leader in facial plastic surgery by completing a rigorous five-year residency training program in all aspects of Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University, including extensive experience in Facial Plastic Surgery. During this residency, he was fortunate to learn the latest techniques in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery from Harvard-trained Facial Plastic Surgery faculty. He additionally spent time studying at Harvard Medical School with the Director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Mack Cheney, gaining invaluable insights on a multitude of procedures while working with Dr. Cheney and his team directly in the operating room at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. Dr. Donath is also involved with many charitable organizations.