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Dermal Fillers

A beautiful, youthful look comes from within. So rejuvenating your appearance requires more than just topical treatments. True improvement requires that deeper issues be addressed, specifically loss of facial volume. Among the non-surgical, cosmetic procedures that can replace lost volume: dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, RADIESSE®, SCULPTRA® Aesthetic, Perlane® and Restylane®. For her Myrtle Beach and other South Carolina patients, Dr. Marguerite Germain uses these injectable treatments with skill and artistry to temporarily fill-in wrinkles and plump up facial features for a natural-looking, refreshed appearance.

Dr. Germain is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and combines her medical education and training with an artistic eye for beauty. She provides exceptional cosmetic skin care and clinical dermatology for patients from all over South Carolina, including Charleston, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach. To learn more about Restylane and the other services Dr. Germain provides, request a consultation online or call her office at (843) 881-4440. She is a speaker at many conferences and teaches other physicians how to use injectable fillers.

About Dermal Fillers

There are many different FDA-approved dermal fillers to choose from.

JUVÉDERM Injectable Gel. This smooth consistency filler, also made with HA, is particularly suited for treating nasolabial folds (also called "smile lines"), the creases between your nose and the corners of your mouth. It can also add fullness to lips. The results of JUVÉDERMcan last up to 1 year. 

Restylane and Perlane. These fillers are made with hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance already found in your skin. Restylane and Perlane restore lost hyaluronic acid for improved volume and hydration that will last about 6 to 9 months. Dr. Germain uses these fillers to reduce wrinkles and augment lips. 

RADIESSE. Unlike other dermal fillers, RADIESSE actually stimulates the growth of new collagen. This means that the results last longer than other fillers – often more than 1 year. RADIESSE, made with tiny calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres, can be used on nasolabial folds as well as other facial lines and wrinkles. Dr. Germain is an extremely experienced injector with RADIESSE and performs many treatments.

SCULPTRA Aesthetic. Long lasting, with subtle results over time, SCULPTRA aesthetic is an easy way to get a natural-looking, youthful appearance. Made with poly-L-lactic acid, SCULPTRA gradually replaces lost collagen for results that last for up to 2 years.  

VOLUMA® is an innovative, injectable volumizer that delivers a smoother more youthful appearance to your cheeks, cheekbones, and chin in as little as 15-30 minutes. It is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler developed by the Juvéderm® brand, that has the ability to last up to TWO years compared to the 6-12 month window of current HA fillers like Restylane, Prevelle and basic Juvederm. VOLUMA® was also created to be smoother than other HA facial fillers, making it easier to inject during treatment. We are thrilled to be one of the first (and few) to offer this treatment to our patients.

 Dr. Germain explains more about Voluma in this video.


The Procedure

Some fillers, such as JUVÉDERM XC, have incorporated lidocaine for a more comfortable injection experience. For other fillers, Dr. Germain may use a topical anesthetic to ensure that your treatment is as pleasant as possible. She takes the time with each and every patient to be sure that she is accomplishing your aesthetic goals and, in the process, ensuring your comfort both during and after the procedure.

After Treatment

After their injection, some people may experience some redness, swelling, or bruising. These will fade quickly and can be covered with makeup. How frequently treatment with a dermal filler needs to be repeated varies with each specific filler and even with each patient. Generally, you can expect results to last anywhere between 6 months and 2 years.

Dermal fillers can fill in wrinkles and add volume to thinning facial features; however, they cannot reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by facial expressions. For those wrinkles (called "dynamic wrinkles") treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic is a better choice.

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