Friday, November 27, 2009
Fill-Her Up (Part 2)
As promised, part 2 of my interview with Dr. Elizabeth Chabner- Thompson of The N.Y. Group for Plastic Surgery , on the newest advances in facial and body rejuvenation. In our first interview, we talked about Botox. This time, we are covering facial fillers. Don't forget!!! You will receive a 10% discount on your first procedure, when you mention DivaDebbi.
Here's the latest tips on how to safely take a dip in the fountain of youth:
DD: I have been seeing alot more print and T.V. adds about facial fillers. Are they catching on? What's all the excitement about?
ECT: Facial Fillers have grown tremendously in popularity for several reasons. First and foremost, it is literally instant gratification! When properly injected, women (and men), will see an immediate difference in their, "parentheses" or nasolabial folds. Properly placed volume restores a natural, youthfulness to the face. The results are immediate though I would not recommend doing any procedure the day of an event, just in case of swelling, redness, or an occasional bruise.
DD: So you literally leave your appointment looking younger than when you walked in??? Wow!!! No wonder its getting a lot of attention. How long does the Cinderella effect last?!
ECT: Generally about 6 months, roughly twice as long as Botox. Sometimes slightly longer. It's subtle but discernible change. It's definitely a patient pleaser.
DD:: I remember years ago, when bovine collagen was used, people had to be allergy tested before being injected. Is that still necessary?
ECT: Not with the newer types of fillers. They all have FDA approval and allergic reactions are very rare.
DD: I know there are different types of fillers. What are they and what are their "brand" names?
ECT: That is true, there are three types: Hyaluronic Acids, known as Restalyne and Juvederm, Calcium Hydroxyapatite, more commonly known as Radiesse and Hydrelle, a new filler that has been formulated with lidocaine . Your Dr. can guide you on which filler is most appropriate for your corrections, based on age, skin type and budgetary concerns.
DD: Lately, I've been noticing actresses with very flat, full faces.
Not pretty!!! What causes that?
ECT: I know exactly what you are referring to! It is caused from overfilling the face and probably too frequent injections. It's crucial to have an experienced Dr. performing these procedures and one who can judge when it will be too much of a good thing. We are also now getting really good results, using fillers on "smokers lines" or vertical creases above the upper lip.
DD: All and all, it sounds very effective and I can see the appeal.
Let's touch on the ouchies...pain and price!
ECT: Discomfort can be eased quite a bit by adding some lidociane to most solutions or by using Hydrelle. It's tolerable...my patients all think it is worth it, when I'm done! The price ranges from $500-$700 per syringe, depending on the type of filler and syringe used. Consultations are free and we often run promotions, where the second syringe is free. We will also save and store anything that you don't use for a future visit.
DD: Thanks so much for sharing your time with me and my readers. You know I think the world of your skills!
To schedule a consult or appointment with Dr. Chabner-Thompson, call the N.Y. Group for Plastic Surgery, in Tarrytown, N.Y. at 914-366-6139.
You deserve the best!!!