Dermal Fillers in Menlo Park, Atherton & Palo Alto, CA
Dermal Fillers Are Used for Different Areas on the Face. If You Are Looking for a Fuller Face, Then Dermal Fillers May Be Right for You! Call Us for More Information at (650) 550-2693.
As you get older, the signs of aging begin to appear. Have you looked into the mirror lately and feel like your skin has lost some of its youthfulness? For some in the Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Atherton CA area, this can be quite distressing. At Entre Nous Aesthetics, we have a variety of dermal fillers available that will rejuvenate your youthful appearance by restoring the smoothness and volume in your lips, hands, and face. You will be meeting with our board-certified doctors to create a customized treatment plan, so you can achieve your goals.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers restore the fullness in specific areas of your body, like your face. This increased volume helps reduce fine lines that develop as your age. Today there is a variety of dermal fillers available that fit the different needs people may have. These dermal fillers allow patients to choose how much fullness and thickness they want as well as how long a treatment will last. Dermal fillers do not need to be removed and are absorbed naturally back into the body over time.
Dermal fillers have been proven to smooth out lines around the mouth or nose. They can restore fullness and volume to your cheeks. In some cases, dermal fills can even provide some lift. Many different fillers, each with unique properties, are available at Entre Nous Aesthetics. Being able to choose among a selection of fillers enables your injector to fully customize your treatment.
Hyaluronic acid fillers
Our most popular fillers are the hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. The HA fillers can be injected into the face to restore or augment cheek projection, soften nasolabial folds (the depression that deepens between the nose and the lips, enhance lip fullness, fill temples that have become hollow and soften under eye depressions. Recently the HA fillers have also been approved for use in the hands. These fillers are soft and malleable and can restore fullness in a natural and flattering way. An added plus is that all of the HA fillers can be dissolved quickly and safely, reversing the effect, if so desired.
We are happy to carry two families of HA products:
Allergan Family of Products:
- Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus
Galderma Family of Products:
- Restylane and Restylane Lyft (formerly Perlane)
- Restylane Silk
- Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne
Other popular fillers
Sculptra and Sculptra Aesthetic are in the filler category because they are used to restore fullness to the aging face. They do so, however, in a different way than the HA fillers. These “fillers” are made up of Poly-L lactic acid (PLLA) which is the same substance that absorbable sutures are made of. They work by stimulating your body to make more collagen. In doing so, Sculptra and Sculptra Aesthetic strengthen the skin while also adding volume. Because this product depends upon your body’s response, results are not immediate. Most people require a series of 3 treatments with a waiting time of 4-6 weeks between treatments before results can be appreciated.
Dr. Weston is an expert Sculptra injector. She has lectured extensively on this product and has trained many Sculptra injectors in California and Nevada.
Radiesse is a calcium hydroxyapatite filler that we use frequently for rejuvenation of the hands. It can also be used in the face in many of the same areas as the HA fillers and Sculptra. Radiesse has the advantage of having a white opaque color which is particularly useful in hands with thin skin.
Fat has become a popular filler in recent years. It has the advantage of being natural tissue and many patients are more than happy to move fat from one area of their body to another. When fat is moved, the fat cells will need to re-establish a blood supply in the new location in order to survive. Some of the cells will establish a new blood supply and some of the cells will not. Those that don’t survive will be removed by our body’s scavenger cells. This can make fat grafting somewhat unpredictable. On the positive side, fat cells that do survive will be present forever.
What are the benefits of Dermal Fillers?
Although most of the FDA-approved areas are on the face, dermal fillers can be used safely almost anywhere that volume loss has become noticeable. It is only in recent years that plastic surgeons have come to realize how important soft tissue fullness is in maintaining a youthful appearance. Oftentimes sagging skin simply needs to be “filled back up” rather than cut and pulled. There’s a place for both surgical and non-surgical intervention in treating the aging face, but no one can question that restoring volume is of utmost importance in achieving aesthetically pleasing, natural results.
Areas commonly treated:
- Hollow temples
- Flattened cheeks
- Small chin
- Deflated, disappearing and/or wrinkled lips
- Downturned corners of the mouth
- Depressed areas beneath the eyes
- Lateral jawline
- Nasolabial folds (folds extending from the nostrils to the corners of the mouth)
- Marionette lines (folds extending from the corners of the mouth to the jowls)
- Upper lip wrinkles
- Backs of hands
How do I know if Dermal Fillers are right for me?
If you’ve noticed lines or wrinkles around your mouth or your mouth turns down when it is resting, then dermal fillers may be right for you. This treatment also restores volume to your face. When you meet with our doctors, we’ll review which dermal filler is right for you.
What can I expect when I visit Entre Nous Aesthetics for a Dermal Filler session?
All treatments are performed at our state of the art medical clinic. Dermal fillers are injected during an office visit. Usually 45 minutes will be reserved for your treatment. You will be greeted at the front desk where you will check in for your appointment. You may be taken directly to a treatment room or you may opt to go to our Serenity Lounge to relax and allow time of topical anesthetic cream to take effect.
Treatments generally last for a month and are considered to be very safe. With that said, our doctors will review with you any allergies you might have, just in case. Dermal fillers are a popular choice because most patients see immediate results. Fillers often stimulate the production of collagen in your skin, extending the benefits for additional months. Unlike other treatments, there is no downtime, and you can continue your activities after you leave our center.
We offer patients the option of having topical anesthetic (anesthetic cream) applied over the treatment areas. Those who wish to avail themselves of this opportunity are asked to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled appointments to allow adequate time for the medication to take effect. Nearly all of the fillers that are used at Entre Nous Aesthetics are mixed with Lidocaine or Marcaine, increasing the comfort of the procedure as it moves along. Our injectors use the smallest needles possible and we employ a variety of comfort modalities to make your treatment as pleasant as possible. Most patients report that they worried needlessly about their experience beforehand.
Whenever the skin is pierced with a needle, there is a possibility of bruising. Patients can improve their chances of having a bruise-free treatment by discontinuing any aspirin of NSAID’s (ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin/naproxen sodium/Aleve, etc.) for TWO WEEKS prior to your treatment and avoiding omega-3 fatty acids for 5 DAYS prior to your treatment. It is okay to take Tylenol.
A variety of precautions are taken to limit bruising. These may include the use of the AccuVein vein finder to visualize hidden vessels beneath the surface of the skin and application of a topical vasoconstrictor which causes vessels to constrict. Applying pressure immediately after injections greatly reduces bruising and the use of Arnica as a homeopathic gel and in tablet form have been shown to reduce bruising. These products are available for purchase as is a concealer palette in the event that bruises occur.
Because we can never promise that bruises will not occur, please keep your social and business schedule in mind when you make your appointment for a filler visit. When bruises do occur, they can last up to two weeks! (This is why we focus so hard on prevention!!!)
You can expect up to 72 hours (3 days) of minor swelling. If your lips were injected, expect the swelling to be more noticeable. Applying ice periodically during the first 24 hours after treatment can be helpful in reducing swelling. Antihistamines can be used to decrease swelling and in rare cases, oral steroids may be prescribed.
How long will my results last?
The results of fillers varies depending upon the particular filler used and the area into which it was injected. Your injector will be able to be more specific about your particular treatment. The range of filler duration spans 4 months to 2 years. Transplanted fat cells that survive will last forever. We recommend avoiding vigorous, deep massage and heat to the areas of treatment when possible, as this may cause your body to degrade the products more quickly (except in the case of Sculptra and Sculptra Aesthetic). Patients often ask if they will look worse than they did before the filler injections once the filler is completely gone. Rest assured that this will not happen. Once the filler is gone, you will return to your pre-injection state. Most patients do not wait for the fillers to completely disappear. Liking their results, they tend to return to maintain the results when they begin to notice a change.
Why do I need a consultation for dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are not like over the counter cold medicines. A one on one consultation with one of our professionals is important. We need to customize a treatment plan for you and learn what your goals are as well as review your medical history. Our goal at Entre Nous Aesthetics is to meet or exceed your goals. Rushing a treatment plan often causes a patient to be disappointed with the result.
During your one on one consultation, after our doctor reviews your medical history, they will evaluate your body to determine which treatments will work best. We’ll go over the benefits, risks, and costs of a treatment. You won’t leave until we’ve answered every one of your questions.
Entre Nous Aesthetics is located at 1047 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Our hours of operation are:
- Monday – 9 am to 5 pm
- Tuesday – 9 am to 5 pm
- Wednesday – 9 am to 6 pm
- Thursday – 9 am to 5 pm
- Friday – 9 am to 4 pm
Do you have questions about Dermal Fillers or the brands we carry? Would you like to make an appointment? Call our friendly staff today at (650) 550-2693.
We look forward to meeting you!