Dermal fillers are a wonderful option to reversing common signs of aging in the face. These injectable treatments rejuvenate and revitalize the facial appearance without surgery.
Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS is internationally recognized for his expertise in facial plastic surgery and non-surgical facial procedures. His Harvard-trained expertise in aesthetic and reconstructive facelift surgery attracts patients both nationally and internationally to the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills.
What are Facial Fillers?
In the cosmetic world, facial fillers are injectable medications that can be used to fill in fine lines and creases throughout the face. As we age, many factors affect the appearance of our face, such as the sun, gravity and the excessive muscle movement that occurs throughout the face. Because of these forces, collagen beneath the skin is broken down, resulting in gaps that the skin falls into, forming wrinkles. With precise injection techniques, these wrinkles can be smoothed out by replacing the collagen that has been lost.
There are many different types of facial fillers, each one different in its purpose and application area. With his expertise in facial fillers, Dr. Azizzadeh helps you accurately determine which facial fillers are best for you. He will choose one or more of the following fillers in order to comprehensively treat the face as a whole:
The natural aging process affects each person differently. In some cases, the aging process may cause people to appear older than their actual age. There are three main facial factors that indicate a person’s actual age:
General Bone Structure and Overlying Fatty Tissue on the Face: As a person ages, the bones around the eye sockets become larger, and the eyes sink in toward the face. Additionally, the bone around the nose begins to point inward instead of outward.
Laxity of Tissue in the Face: Skin laxity generally affects the eyebrows, eyelids, neck and lower face. The facial tissues become more lax over the years, resulting in facial sagging and extra skin.
Skin Quality: Younger people tend to have more supple skin, fewer skin irregularities and better skin texture. For example, some people may have freckles in their 20s, but these freckles may become permanent sunspots over time.
Together, the aforementioned factors may result in a youthful or aged facial shape. A youthful face generally features prominent cheeks and temples, along with a narrow chin and jawline. Comparatively, the cheeks and temples will start to droop or hollow as a person ages, and the chin and jawline may become less defined relative to a youthful face.
Ethnicity also plays a role in examining someone’s age. Each ethnicity has a different aging process. As such, how a person of one ethnicity ages may vary from someone of a different ethnicity.
What Areas of the Face Are Refreshed with Facial Fillers?
While facial fillers won’t counteract all signs of aging in the face as well as a facelift, they can still be used on a number of areas to produce a refreshed and more youthful appearance. Specifically, facial fillers can be used for the following purposes:
Reduce smile lines
Reduce marionette lines
Reduce vertical “smoker’s lines”
Improve cheek definition
Shape the nose
Increase lip volume
Reduce bags under the eyes
Improve hollows in the temples
Reduce horizontal chin lines
Address facial asymmetry
What Causes My Skin To Age?
Ultimately, many factors play a role in the aging process, and these include:
Alcohol Consumption: Drinking too much alcohol can dilate the blood vessels in the face, causing capillaries across the cheeks and nose to become dark red and visible.
Diet: A poor diet can result in skin inflammation, leading to oxidative stress that damages collagen and causes wrinkles.
Sunlight: Excess exposure to the sun’s UV rays may cause skin pigmentation and texture changes.
Smoking: Nicotine causes the blood vessels to constrict, restricting the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the epidermis and causing the skin to sag and eventually wrinkle.
Comprehensive Facial Fillers Consultation Process
In order to help you get the most out of your facial fillers treatment, Dr. Azizzadeh performs a thorough consultation to discover your anti-aging goals. During this time, he may use three-dimensional imaging to view the entire face with you, allowing the two of you to reach a complete agreement regarding the expected outcome.
A facial fillers consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh is a unique experience. As an internationally renowned facial and plastic reconstructive surgeon, his highest priority is helping his patients get the results they desire. Through decades of experience, he has developed an ability to fully grasp his patients’ wishes, translating them into the perfect surgical or non-surgical treatment. In the case of facial fillers, his patients uniformly report complete satisfaction with their results.
Dr. Azizzadeh takes plenty of time to help his patients fully understand their cosmetic options during their consultation. He educates patients on the underlying causes of their cosmetic complaints, along with how each treatment option will address those particular issues. In the complex field of facial plastic surgery, knowledge is the most important thing for a patient, and that is Dr. Azizzadeh’s primary goal. From there, he knows that you will make the right decision for yourself.
Dr. Azizzadeh's Approach to Facial Fillers
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh has developed his own filler techniques that have taken root in the cosmetic community. In fact, he is a member of the Medical Education Faculty for Radiesse’s developers, Bioform Medical and Merz Aesthetics. With this appointment, he regularly trains other physicians and nurses in the correct administration of Radiesse, along with other facial fillers.
Dr. Azizzadeh takes an extraordinarily detailed approach to these injectable medications, and believes there is no such thing as a standard application. Instead, he customizes every treatment to the needs of the patient. He examines every aspect of the face and neck, carefully taking note of each individual issue so that they can be addressed during the procedure.
In addition to his expertise in facial cosmetic procedures, Dr. Azizzadeh is among the world’s leading experts in the facial nerve. As such, he has unparalleled knowledge of underlying structures of the face, and experience in dealing with delicate facial nerve. This knowledge of underlying structures is critical to achieving a natural result with facial fillers. Any patient of Dr. Azizzadeh’s can rest assured they are in hands of one of the most experienced and respected facial plastic surgeons in the country.
Brilliant Distinctions® Program
With the Brilliant Distinction® Program, you can earn points redeemable for dollars off facial filler treatments. Make sure to register before your appointment so you can begin earning points on your next visit!
Trust Your Face To An Expert
As an internationally renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh has been featured in major news outlets for his unrelenting expertise in this crucial field. Most notably, he was featured on Oprah for his groundbreaking facial nerve reconstruction on Mary Jo Buttafuoco, a prominent victim of a shooting.
Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh has been featured in People Magazine, New York Times, Discovery Health, Los Angeles Times, Beverly Hills Courier, and many other prestigious media outlets. He authored the best-selling book Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets, and was the lead editor on a number of definitive medical textbooks, including Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation and Master Techniques in Blepharoplasty and Periorbital Rejuvenation. These textbooks have become a standard in the medical community and are used all over the world by board-certified plastic surgeons as well as training programs for up and coming plastic surgeons. He is the co-director of the annual, world-renowned Cedars-Sinai Advances in Multispecialty Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Symposium and the co-director of the USC Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program.
Schedule Your Facial Fillers Consultation
To learn more about how your unique facial fillers enhancement, please contact The CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic surgery to schedule your consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh. We offer phone or Skype consultations for out-of-town patients.