Dr. Park’s Approach:

“Fillers are wonderful adjuncts to the surgical procedures I perform. The manufacturers are continually bringing new products to market. Although some of these products do not appear to live up to their hype, many of them are safe, effective ways to improve the appearance of individual areas.

The most common fillers I am currently utilizing include Hyaluronic Acid fillers; common trade names include Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse.  For each patient, we determine the best material to use in each area.  In some cases, we are looking for a deeper filler; other times the injection will be more superficial. There are some areas of the face that are inappropriate for certain materials. Longevity is always a concern.

For people with nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lip creases, cheek lines, hollowed hands and other areas which could use volume, fillers are a great option to improve the areas without surgery.”

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm is a family of injectable Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers used to provide 9 months to one year of correction for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth). It is not indicated for use in Lip Augmentation.

Juvederm products are a smooth consistency gel, compared to some hyaluronic gel products that have a granular consistency. Juvederm products are developed using the Hylacross technology to allow a smoother, malleable gel. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the body. It works by holding in water at the injection site and acting as a cushioning agent. It adds temporary volume and a smoother appearance to skin. Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal results.

Some Juvederm XC products also contain the local anesthetic Lidocaine for a more comfortable injection. Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC both contain 0.3% preservative-free Lidocaine and numb the treatment area within seconds. The Juvederm Ultra Plus products contain more highly cross-linked formulations for volumizing and correction of deeper folds and wrinkles.