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The newest crop of injectables hailing from global pharma giants Allergan (JUVEDERM) and Galderma (RESTYLANE) are changing the face of the so-called ‘Liquid Facelift.’ Whereas hyaluronic acid gel fillers used to be considered somewhat interchangeable like Coke and Pepsi, these novel products have distinct differences in how they work and where they can be used that set each of them apart.
In December 2016, Galderma introduced Restylane Refyne (for the treatment of moderate to severe, facial wrinkles and folds) and Restylane Defyne (for moderate to severe, deep facial wrinkles and folds). These new products to the US are marketed under the brand Emervel in Europe.
Dr. Steven Fagien, an
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When you want to plump up lines and furrows or restore facial volume that’s declined with age, look no further than hyaluronic acid (HA). A naturally-occurring component of our skin, this skin-rejuvenating molecule is capable of holding 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a superior hydrator when injected into the skin or slathered on it. Whether you want to start slow or hit the doctor’s office ASAP, here’s your guide to hopping on the HA bandwagon.
The mist: Skin Inc. Pure Serum-Mist ($55)
Packed with low molecular weight HA (i.e. smaller molecules that have an easier time getting into the skin), moisture-holding humectants and mineral-rich Onsen water, this multitasking
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Dr. Ahn is double board certified and specializes in facial aesthetic rejuvenation and understands that patients need individualized care depending on their goals and expectations. Over the past 11 years, he has lead the Aesthetic Wellness Center as one of the leading providers of aesthetic facial rejuvenation in the country.
Dr. Ahn chatted with Beauty In the Bag about the latest innovative treatments in facial plastic surgery and its future predictions for the future in the next 5-10 years.
1. What are the most popular procedures (surgical and non-surgical) that your patients are asking for right now?
The most popular surgical procedures patients are asking for rig
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have evolved as a mainstay for lip augmentation. In fact, in Europe, there are literally 70 or more of them on offer, yet only a few top brands you should care about. But the disconnect about lip enhancement is the dreaded trout pout, bee sting, sausage roll, and duck lips look that gets pointed out on the Red Carpet and stared at in malls all too often. (Think Courtney Love circa 2007).
So Allergan, the BOTOX® and Juvederm® people, set out to put an end to the stigma of overblown, swollen lips for good. They have developed a new variation with characteristics especially suited for creating and enhancing soft, lovely lips. Juvederm® Volbella® with Lidoca