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Facial Fillers, AtlantaDermal fillers are one of the best ways for individuals in search of plumper, young-looking skin to achieve almost immediate results. These fillers restore volume to the face or lips, diminish wrinkles, decrease lines and creases, and fill-in scars (such as acne scars). The results of dermal fillers are temporary so, if the patient likes the results, he or she must return for maintenance treatments.

Other fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, provide results for up to one year. Longer-lasting fillers, such as calcium hydroxyapatite and poly-l-lactic acid, maintain the patient’s skin for up to two years or even longer. Each patient’s body metabolizes these fillers at an individual rate. Types of fillers, along with costs, vary, but it’s almost unanimously agreed that fillers are one of the least expensive and most effective options when a patient is considering aesthetic improvements to his or her appearance. Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta, a triple board-certified dermatologist, helps patients to identify the best treatment options for beautiful, healthy skin.


The most popular dermal filler injectable treatments include Juvederm(R) Juvederm Voluma(R), Perlane(R), Restylane(R), and Sculptra(R), some providers continue to offer collagen injections. These treatments are the most temporary and last a few months:

Juvederm(R): European researchers developed the injectable hyaluronic acid formula known as Juvederm in the 1990s. In clinical tests and trials, the formula results were preferred to others available at the time. The FDA approved the product in 2006. Some researchers say that the Juvederm formula is easier to control than others. Treatments may last up to a year, though many patients prefer twice-yearly injections to maintain the skin’s plump and refreshed appearance. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation manufactures the formula.

Juvederm Voluma(R): is an injectable hyaluronic acid treatment with lidocaine, a topical anesthetic. It’s used to restore the look of plumpness and volume to larger areas, such as the cheeks. Juvederm Voluma may used to soften the patient’s jawline if weight loss or aging have resulted in volume loss to the face. According to researchers, this product may last up to eighteen months or longer in some cases. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation also manufactures Juvederm Voluma.

Facial fillers. Atlanta, GA

Dr. Kathleen Smith injecting facial filler to patient.

Perlane: Medicis Pharmaceutical manufactures both Perlane and Restylane formulas. Perlane received FDA approval in 2007 as an injectable hylauronic acid dermal filler. It’s used to treat medium to deep facial lines, wrinkles, and folds. Perlane is more intensely infused with hyaluronic gel particles than Restylane, but the body easily absorbs both types over a period of months. Patients with deeper lines and wrinkles may benefit from Perlane injections.

Restylane: contains hyaluronic acid bound in gel. An experienced physician injects this filler. Restylane is an FDA-approved product used to treat lines, creases, and wrinkles. The human body within connective tissues creates hyaluronic acid, so it’s much less likely for the patient to have any reaction to it. Restylane’s different formulas, based upon the gel particles’ size, may be used to meet different treatment goals.

Dermatologists use this product to perform implantations (injections) to treat deep folds or wrinkles. Restylane Perlane is used to treat larger areas, such as the patient’s cheeks. Other formulas are used to contour or treat specific areas, such as the lips or nose.

Hyaluronic acid is used by the body to cushion and maintain moisture and lubrication in the body’s tissues, including eyes, joints, and musculature. The individual’s hormones and nutritional levels, as well as some illnesses, can affect how much hyaluronic acid the body produces. Falling hyaluronic levels are implicated in some forms of heart disease, glaucoma, or joint diseases. It’s used to support the natural collagen made by the body and in some types of surgical repairs performed by doctors.

Sculptra: is filler made of poly-l-lactic acid. It’s specifically used to help diminish the signs of aging around eyes, in skin folds and creases, or in cheeks. The formula produces a longer-lasting skin thickening–some patients report that it lasts two years or even longer. The patient’s skin continues to improve with multiple treatments. Many patients see the best results over three treatments or more.


Patients may receive these injectable treatments after evaluation and consultation with Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta. Dr. Kathleen J. Smith uses pre-filled syringes to inject the patient’s skin according to the developed treatment plan.


Most patients experience a mild sense of pressure or stinging when fillers are injected. It’s useful to apply ice packs after receiving an injectable treatment. Some swelling or tenderness may persist. Depending upon the size of the treatment area, the patient may need a day or two to recover, but most patients resume all activities after treatment. The dermatologist may prescribe topical treatments to reduce swelling and bruising in some cases.

Dr. Kathleen J. Smith may suggest that the patient lightly massage the injection area in order to spread or distribute the filler material. It’s important to keep treated skin protected from the sun.


Dermal fillers are an in-demand treatment. Both men and women use them to soften facial lines, furrows, and creases or to add volume to the face or elsewhere on the body. Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta helps individuals in search of more beautiful, healthy skin to achieve results. Patients in the greater Atlanta metro area, North Atlanta, North Decatur, and surrounding areas should call Dr. Kathleen J. Smith to arrange a consultation at 678-904-4932.

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