Posts for tag: dermal fillers

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
December 12, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: dermal fillers  

How can fillers make me look younger?

Dermal fillers are an FDA approved gel-like solution that your dermatologist injects into areas of your face that have lost volume or dermal fillersdeveloped wrinkles due to the natural aging process. As you get older, your skin naturally loses some of its elasticity and suppleness. We also have bone loss that exacerbates the aging face.

You also produce less collagen and elastin than you did in your younger years. Fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane utilize hyaluronic acid, a natural substance already found in your body, to enhance and tighten our skin so it appears smoother and more youthful. Some of the fillers, such as Sculptra, also stimulate your cells to produce new collagen and elastin, which together help to sustain the appearance of tighter, firmer skin.

How does Restylane specifically treat the signs of aging?
Restylane is another family of hyaluronic fillers that your doctor injects in several areas of your face and the back of your hands to restore volume and smooth wrinkles and lines. Depending on your areas of concern, Restylane fillers can:

  • Plump, add volume, and lift cheeks
  • Provide subtle lip enhancements and smooth out lines around your mouth
  • Reduce the appearance of laugh lines
  • Reduce the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around your nose and mouth
  • Correct marionette lines
  • Tighten the look of a sagging face

Each of the Restylane products is FDA-approved for specific treatment areas. Results typically last anywhere from 6-18 months, depending on the product and your skin condition.

Dr. Jeffrey Berti, M.D. is a board-certified Dermatologist at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery who is well known and highly respected for his masterful use of the fillers. He creates a customized treatment plan that helps you achieve the long-lasting, natural results you desire.

Call either location. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington, for an appointment or request a convenient time online or via Zocdoc.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
February 08, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: dermal fillers   Restylane   Juvéderm  

Youthful cheeks, smooth skin, plump lips: Some people have them naturally, while others get a little help from their dermatologists with dermal fillersdermal fillers. If you can't quite tell which category a celebrity or someone you know fits into, well, that's the point. The latest injectable treatments are easy to get, long lasting, and designed for subtlety.  They're also perfectly safe and experienced dermatologists, such as Dr. Jeffrey Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, perform these procedures routinely with outstanding results.

If you're curious about fillers, these are the things to know before getting pumped up.

1. Fillers now are made from hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin, so no need for any allergy concerns.  Collagen used to be a common filler, but the risk for allergy and inconsistent results lead to the use of the hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm.  Thanks to its ability to store moisture, hyaluronic acid is responsible for giving skin a plump, hydrated looks

2. Dermal fillers aren't the same as neurotoxins like Botox or Dysport. The latter type "freezes" muscles to reduce wrinkles, while fillers smooth out skin by filling wrinkles or lips helping people look like themselves, only younger.  One injection can make skin look plumper and smoother for several months, and maybe longer.

3. Good filler is simply restorative.

Trout pout and duck lips are a surefire sign of filler. But when expertly injected, filler should look natural, not unusual. "The changes that we can make are simply restorative, replacing what used to be there when younger or perhaps if you have always wanted fuller, softer lips, we can create them,” says Dr. Jeffrey Berti, M.D., a dermatologist in the Hinsdale and Barrington area.

4. Filler techniques have improved tremendously.

Take the lines around your mouth, for example. A decade or so ago, filler was often injected into the nasolabial folds, or laugh lines, to literally fill the wrinkles themselves. These days, the goal is to plump and lift in other parts of the face for a more natural-looking result. As you age, your bones get thinner, and the cheeks fat pads droop, which makes the skin sag lower, causing deeper folds at the bottoms of your cheeks. Dr. Jeffrey Berti, M.D., often injects Restylane Lyft right near the cheekbone and precisely along the face, as well as in the nasolabial lines to restore fullness, which lifts the face, reducing the look of smile lines and sag in the process.  “It’s you, but you 10 years ago,” states Dr. Berti.

5. It matters who does your filler.

Injection is an art, so you want to find an artist whose work you like. That's why it is important to ask around and discuss your treatment with the physician before having the procedure done. Every physician has different philosophies, techniques, and levels of experience. Be sure you and your physician communicate about realistic results and your expectations—it's your face, after all.  Don't be afraid to ask about training and certification, too. Even though dermal fillers may be available at Medspas, you should see only licensed and trained physicians.

6. Fillers can be used for prevention as well as to treat lines you already have.

Though there is absolutely no need to go running out for fillers before you even see your first wrinkle, people are starting treatments younger than ever before. Many dermatologists say that starting relatively young may have benefits. "It depends on the person, but I think earlier is better," Berti says. "Looking at my patient population, there's no question that those who started earlier with small amounts are aging differently than people who didn’t. It’s much better to play the game of prevention than the game of correction." But keep in mind, there are other—cheaper—ways to prevent aging, including wearing sunscreen or avoiding peak sun hours.

7. Different fillers do different things.

While the bulk of filler is made with hyaluronic acid, different particle sizes will deliver different results. "Restylane Lyft has larger particle sizes—think of them like the bricks of a foundation," Berti says. Those larger particles have the heft to "rebuild" thinned cheekbones, while a smaller particle size, as in Restylane Silk, works better for addressing fine lines and plumping lips. A good dermatologist will explain the ideal treatment plan for you, but know that the most natural-looking results may require more than one weight of filler.

8. Bad filler can happen, but it doesn't have to stay that way.

If you're unhappy with the way filler looks, don't panic—in most cases, you can have it adjusted. A dermatologist might inject additional filler for balance, or she can dissolve it altogether. "The wonderful thing about hyaluronic acid fillers is that there's an enzyme that can be injected into the area to dissolve the product," Dr. Berti adds. "It just goes away."

9. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

If you see a deal for inexpensive filler, be skeptical. "You have to be careful," Dr. Berti says, adding that “counterfeit and diluted filler do exist.” The price of these fillers varies depending on the amount of product needed—at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, all consultations for these cosmetic procedures are complementary, so there should be no confusion regarding the price as well as the expectation.

10. If you love the look of your fillers, you'll have to keep going back for more.

After about six months, the body naturally breaks down the hyaluronic acid fillers. So, you have to get touchups once or twice a year to maintain the look. However, this is good news if you're just want to try fillers once or twice, since the effects will fade away without any long-term risks. It's important to note that getting filler doesn't stop your skin from aging completely, so you could need more filler to get the same results over time.

Please visit our for more information or contact one of our office locations to schedule a complementary consultation. Call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd. in South Barrington (847.304.0303) and Willowbrook, IL (630.321.0303).