May 1, 2015 01:02 PM
Finally, results that look real.

Doctors have long been nipping and tucking patients toward the fountain of youth. And often missing is the one big factor that keeps us all looking young — volume.

Dr. Jeffrey Joseph, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist at Acadian ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery Center, says Voluma and Restylane Silk are two of the latest volumizers that can bring results without sacrificing a realistic appearance.

Imagine pulling wrinkled skin taut over a skeleton. The lines may be gone, but the youthful appearance remains elusive. Voluma can be injected in the area of the cheekbones and temples where aging people begin to lose the fat cushion that keeps the face full and youthful.

Joseph explains that simply adding the volume creates a domino effect that pulls skin upward, helping to decrease deep folds like the nasolabial fold women often ask to be filled around the mouth area and nose.

“When you are lifting that area you don’t need those folds filled,” he says.

Voluma lasts for about a year and has very little downtime for patients who can often return to work the next day or that afternoon.

In the area of lips, injectibles have often left much to be desired — think duck lips. Within the last six months the FDA approved Restylane Silk, a painless injection, thanks to a lidocaine component, that gives real but subtle results.

“We don’t want to sit in a restaurant and wonder, ‘Who did her lips?’” Joseph says. “Everyone wants gorgeous lips. But, it’s been painful and hard to do well.”

The new Restylane Silk is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get product. For patients that means the swelling or other hard-to-nail variables in lip injections are now obsolete. — AJH

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