5 Areas of the Face That Can Be Improved with Fillers


When you look in the mirror, the signs of aging you see on your face can be distressing. Beginning as early as your 30s or even late 20s, fine lines around the mouth and nose, dark circles under the eyes, and drooping upper eyelids, little by little, have started appearing.

Many contributing factors can be causing these irritating symptoms: smoking, stress, lack of sleep, excessive sun exposure, and genetics are all to blame for the early signs of aging.

Fortunately, the board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg in Virginia have several non-surgical options in the form of injectable dermal fillers that can rejuvenate your face and help turn back the clock on aging.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Also known as injectable fillers, dermal fillers are a valuable tool in restoring fullness and volume to your face, ultimately reducing the appearance of age-related lines, wrinkles, and other flaws. Many patients experience facial fat and volume loss as a natural consequence of the aging process.

Fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin with a blunt tip cannula. Many of the elements injected, such as hyaluronic acid and collagen, occur naturally in the skin, making them well-received by most patients. Even better, injections require no recovery time and provide immediate results!

We offer a comprehensive selection of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, specifically formulated for specific skin areas, to patients in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. These include:

  • Juvéderm® Voluma
  • Juvéderm® Ultra
  • Juvéderm® Ultra Plus
  • Restylane®
  • Restylane® Lyft
  • Restylane® Silk

Dermal Fillers, A Noninvasive Alternative

Dermal fillers are highly effective and easily customized for each patient, addressing specific problem areas. For long-lasting results, patients can maintain their results by following a customized treatment plan with routine scheduled treatments.

Curious about how your face could benefit from filler injections? Check out this list of five common areas where dermal fillers can be used!

1. Cheeks and Temples: Added Contour, Curve, and Lift

The rich formula of Juvéderm® Voluma can create more structured-looking cheekbones and add plumpness to your temples, adding a more youthful look to your mid-face.

2. Smile Lines: Smoothed Nasolabial Folds

Filler applied to the mid-face fills in the smile lines and wrinkles known as nasolabial folds, providing a perfect balance of flexibility and smoothness. It’s an ideal treatment for an area that constantly moves as you talk and smile.

3. Lips: Volumized, Smoothed Vertical lines, Improved Symmetry

Not only can we use dermal fillers to achieve natural-looking volume in our lips, but they can also smooth vertical lip lines and wrinkles that form around the lips.

4. Chin: Balanced Proportions, Added Definition

By adding definition to the chin, fillers can create an improved, balanced, and better-defined profile. Many patients are surprised at how much more youthful they look with artfully placed filler injections creating a slimmer chin, together with filled-in lines and wrinkles.

5. Jawline and Neck: Smoothed, Confident, Youthful

The highly cohesive Juvéderm® Voluma formula can be applied along the bony jawline area, strengthening the natural contours, smoothing horizontal wrinkles and lines in the neck.

Take the Next Step, Refresh Your Appearance!

Are you tired of fine lines and wrinkles on your face? Then dermal fillers or other non-invasive facial rejuvenation may be your best move towards refreshing your appearance.

Since no surgery is involved, the recovery time associated with injectable fillers is virtually nonexistent. Patients can quickly complete a filler treatment and then continue with their daily routine, even returning to work the same day.

For more information, schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, conveniently located near downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Call us today at (540) 371-7730 to start your path towards a more youthful appearance!

How to Choose the Best Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeon

 

It’s a shocking statistic, but every year in the U.S., upwards of 30,000 people require revision rhinoplasty to fix a botched nose job.

Primary rhinoplasty, or your first rhinoplasty, is a tricky enough procedure. Revision rhinoplasty, on the other hand, poses an entirely different set of challenges to your surgeon.

In this blog, we explain why revision rhinoplasty is such a complicated procedure. Because of this, it is critical to your rhinoplasty success that you choose your revision rhinoplasty surgeon very carefully.

Here, the team at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg gives you a step-by-step checklist you should follow when deciding on your revision rhinoplasty surgeon.

First, let us re-cap why revision rhinoplasty requires extensive expertise in facial anatomy and superior surgical skill.

Modified Structure, Scarring, and Tissue Strength

When performing a primary rhinoplasty, surgeons know what to expect because they know the structure of a typical human nose. In revision rhinoplasty surgery, this is no longer the case, as the bone structure, nasal cavities, soft tissues and cartilage of the nose have been modified in the initial rhinoplasty procedure. This could present challenges to rhinoplasty surgeons, who must react quickly and correctly when presented with unforeseen complications arising during a revision rhinoplasty procedure.

The modified structure of a previously rhinoplasty-d nose also means the tissue and bones are weaker, making it more difficult for a surgeon to produce safe, effective results when performing a revision rhinoplasty.

Surgeons will also need to harvest cartilage from other parts of the body during revision rhinoplasty, as the preferred donor site of the septum is used in the initial rhinoplasty procedure.

For these reasons, it takes a highly experienced, confident, and specialized plastic surgeon to take on any revision rhinoplasty jobs successfully. To adequately prepare yourself to have a successful revision rhinoplasty procedure, you should follow the following advice. 

Prepare Yourself

Do Your Own Research

By equipping yourself with knowledge about the procedure, you give yourself the best opportunity at finding an excellent surgeon.

It is essential that you understand the complications and difficulties associated with revision rhinoplasty so that you can take choosing your surgeon seriously. Look through our blog, and also look at other credible websites such as The American Society of Plastic Surgeons to fully understand what occurs during your revision rhinoplasty.

Set Realistic Expectations

Identifying the aesthetic you wish for, and aiming for a realistic goal are other important parts of successful revision rhinoplasty. Once you do this, you can approach specialized surgeons and seek their guidance and services in helping you achieve the nose that you want.

Have a List of Questions Ready for Your Consultation

Before you go into any consultation room, you should prepare a list of questions to ask your surgeon. Important questions include;

  • How many years have you been a practicing surgeon?
  • How many revision rhinoplasty procedures have you performed?
  • Do you have a gallery of patient photos I can examine?
  • Do you have any testimonials of past patients?

These four questions are straight forward, and help you directly assess the aptitude of the surgeon you are vetting for your procedure. 

Vet the Surgeon

Ultimately, the choice of who does your revision rhinoplasty rests in your hands. As such, you will want to properly screen every surgeon you consult to do your rhinoplasty.

Ensure they are Board Certified

Many practicing surgeons do not meet the high standards required to achieved certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. YOU MUST INSIST THAT YOUR REVISION RHINOPLASTY IS CERTIFIED BY THIS BODY.

While this doesn’t guarantee specialized experience, this certification guarantees a high level of proficiency and practicing standards.

Make Sure Revision Rhinoplasty is one of their Top Three Surgeries

When you demand that revision surgery is a top-three of your surgeons’ procedures, it gives you an excellent chance of finding a revision rhinoplasty specialist.

Closely Examines the Surgeon’s Gallery

Perusing photos of the surgeons’ past results can give you an excellent idea of what to expect. You can find patients of your own ethnicity and similar facial structure and get a good idea of how the surgeon works with a canvas such as the one you present.

Choosing a revision rhinoplasty surgeon should not be rushed. You should at least discuss the procedure and look to find a surgeon who instills you with confidence regarding the procedure.

The expert team at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg encourages you to contact them and ask these exact questions and look at our rhinoplasty gallery. Call 540 371 7730 or fill out our online form to arrange your consultation.

The Importance of Properly Vetting Your Surgeon

Cosmetic surgery is surgery, which does carry some risks.  If you choose a surgeon that isn’t skilled in performing a specific procedure, you may not achieve the optimal results you were hoping for. Luckily, much of this risk can be reduced by choosing the right surgeon and by properly vetting them before surgery.

How do you properly vet a surgeon before your procedure? Here are a few key things to look for:

Board Certification

Is your surgeon a board certified plastic surgeon or just a doctor doing cosmetic surgery? Board certified plastic surgeons are some of the best in the business. They have specialized training in plastic surgery and have proven their skills and knowledge through examination. Anyone can offer cosmetic surgeries, but for the best results, you want a board certified plastic surgeon. Check to see if your potential surgeons are members of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Another place to check is the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Only board certified plastic surgeons can join this elite group of surgeons. See if your surgeon is a member here.

Other boards and groups may sound similar, but don’t let them confuse you. These two organizations are the gold standard for plastic surgeons.

Hospital Affiliation

Many plastic surgeons perform surgeries in an out of hospital setting. This can be perfectly safe (look for an accredited surgery center), but doesn’t mean that your surgeon shouldn’t have hospital privileges as well.

Online Reviews

Online reviews can paint a picture of your surgeon you might not see by just asking questions at their office. It can give you an idea of what to expect and how former patients felt after their surgery. Remember, one bad review doesn’t mean that a surgeon shouldn’t be trusted, but a pattern of negative reviews is something you might find concerning.

Past Work

Plastic surgery is an art form and each surgeon does things a little differently. Ask to see photos of your surgeon’s past work, especially in the type of surgery you’re considering. If you like what you see, odds are good you’ll like your results. If the surgeon’s style isn’t what you’re looking for, keep looking for someone else.

Before signing up for plastic surgery, take time to learn more about your surgeon. The single most important decision you’ll make during the surgical process is choosing a surgeon, so choose wisely.

Call 540-371-7730 to learn more about our physicians and to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation.