What causes our faces to age? For decades, dermatologists and plastic surgeons believed that the loss of skin elasticity was the main culprit. Now we know that loss of volume below the skin is a major contributor to a fatigued, aged appearance. Not only does skin sag and wrinkle with age, but we lose the fat that supports our skin. Even our facial bones shrink, robbing our face of its youthful shape and contours. Dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® at our Chico, CA med spa restore that volume in a way that looks natural.
What Happens When Faces Lose Volume?
Skin appears smooth when fat is distributed evenly below the skin. Volume is what creates defined cheekbones, full lips, and a sculpted jawline—features that are universally considered both attractive and youthful. When our faces lose volume, the inverted triangular shape and structure that is the hallmark of a younger appearance is compromised as the skin begins sagging.
Changes that occur because of lost volume include:
Fullness and laxity in the lower face (jowls)
Sagging skin resulting in less defined facial contours
Downturned corners of the mouth
Hollowness of under-eye area and temples
These changes not only age your appearance, but they can also make you appear tired, sad, or angry, even when you’re content and rested.
The versatility of fillers is one of the reasons they have emerged, along with BOTOX® injections, as the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. Dermal fillers are used to enhance contours, plump lips, smooth wrinkles, and minimize folds, including:
Lip or smokers’ lines
Lost volume in the cheeks, lips, temples, and elsewhere
Hollowed tear troughs under the eyes
The results are seen almost immediately after the treatment sessions.
Dermal Filler Options
It used to be that a single filler was a workhorse and used in multiple areas of the face. That’s no longer true. Over the past 10 to 15 years, a range of specialized formulations has become available. That gives our injectors the ability to customize treatments based on each patient’s specific needs.
The most common fillers, such as the JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® product lines, are made with hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance that occurs naturally in the body. It is biocompatible and reversible.
Filler options available at Rejuvené include:
Besides JUVÉDERM XC, which smooths smile lines and nasolabial folds, the JUVÉDERM family includes several specialized fillers. These include:
JUVÉDERMVOLBELLA™ XC: Gives lips a fuller appearance and smooths vertical lip lines. Results last up to a year.
JUVÉDERMVOLUMA™ XC: Injected deeper than other JUVÉDERM fillers to contour and lift the cheeks. Results last up to 2 years.
JUVÉDERMVOLLURE™ XC: Softens the nasolabial folds that extend from the nose to the sides of the mouth. Results last up to 18 months.
Restylane Silk: Designed specifically for lip contouring and smoothing wrinkles around the mouth. Results last about 6 months.
Restylane Refyne™ & Defyne: Both of these fillers use a unique formulation to ensure the treatment areas—nasolabial folds and lines around the mouth—look and move naturally after the injections. Both last up to 12 months.
Restylane Lyft™: A versatile filler that we use to treat moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds. It adds volume to the cheeks, erases smile lines around the mouth, and fills in sunken or hollow temples.
Restylane Kysse™: A filler just for lip injections that, like other Restylane products, is designed to ensure the lips and mouth move naturally. Results last up to 1 year.
Unlike hyaluronic acid-based JUVÉDERM and Restylane fillers, Sculptra is composed of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible material that the body naturally absorbs with virtually no risk of allergy. Sculptra is injected deeper into the skin and stimulates the production of new collagen, an essential protein for improving the skin’s strength and elasticity. When used in the cheeks, Sculptra helps restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin to diminish facial wrinkles. Results build over several months, and can last 2 years or more.
This filler also stimulates the production of new collagen. Radiesse uses calcium-based microspheres to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds in the face and hands. Results are immediate and sustained and can last up to 2 years.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fillers
How much do fillers cost?
The cost of filler injections depends on the type of filler used, the treatment area, the goals of the patient, and other factors. Even though virtually all patients consider cost, we recommend that you choose highly trained and qualified injectors. Injections performed by less skilled providers can lead to disappointing results or complications.
What’s the difference between fillers and BOTOX®
BOTOX and other muscle-relaxing injections address dynamic wrinkles caused by squinting, smiling, frowning, or looking surprised. The results typically last about 4 months. Fillers replenish lost volume and last longer. We often combine fillers with BOTOX to produce better overall results.
Schedule a Complimentary Consultation
Women and men looking in the Chico area for dermal filler injections travel from Oroville and throughout the region to Rejuvené to have Dr. Hodari and his team perform their treatments. You can request a complimentary consultation using the online form or call us at
(530) 342-8295 to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Hodari is perennially voted the best dermatologist in Chico* due to his excellent credentials and sincere, compassionate approach. He builds trusting relationships with his patients through clear, honest communication.