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Collagen and Dermal Fillers for Birmingham and Grand Rapids, Michigan

Injectable dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® give Grand Rapids and Birmingham men and women a quick, safe, and effective alternative for smoothing wrinkles, restoring youthful contours, plumping lips, and combatting visible signs of aging. The Bengtson Center in Michigan has the experience and training to help you select the right product, or combination of products, to achieve the youthful results you desire.

Grand Rapids plastic surgeon Dr. Brad Bengtson offers the following dermal fillers for his patients from Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit, Michigan:

JUVÉDERM® XC, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA, and JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA in Michigan

JUVÉDERM® XC, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA, and JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA are a family of smooth gel dermal fillers that Grand Rapids plastic surgeon Dr. Bengtson and his injection specialists in Michigan use to instantly smooth away wrinkles around your mouth, forehead, eyes, and nose. All three products can successfully treat the following:

  • Smile Lines: lines that run vertically from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth
  • Marionette Lines: vertical facial wrinkles and folds that form below the corners of the mouth
  • Vertical Lines: facial wrinkles above and around the lips
  • Cheek and Facial Volume: New JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA helps to replenish lost volume to your face, creating a lifted, restored appearance.

With just one treatment, you can smooth unwanted wrinkles and restore natural contours, with natural results that last up to a year!

What are JUVÉDERM® XC, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA, and JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA?

JUVÉDERM® XC, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA Plus, and JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA are hyaluronic-based injectable gel dermal fillers offered for our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit patients. Hyaluronic acid is found in every cell of our body. As a natural filler, these injections are used in Michigan to treat mild to moderate facial creases by enhancing soft tissue volume to add fullness and/or smooth wrinkles. Comprised of non-animal sources, they mimic the natural moisture-binding qualities of the skin and are safely and slowly re-absorbed by your body over time.

Why might I consider using the JUVÉDERM® family of dermal fillers in Michigan?

The JUVÉDERM® family of dermal fillers helps our Grand Rapids and Birmingham patients soften facial lines and wrinkles with a smooth, natural compound found in every cell of the body. If you desire to look younger, with a natural, non-surgical outcome, you may wish to consider JUVÉDERM®. At the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center in Michigan, it is the most common agent we place in the lips to increase volume or enhance creases around the mouth.

Who chooses JUVÉDERM® in Michigan?

Age alone does not determine who would be a good candidate for dermal fillers at our Grand Rapids practice. Women and men of various ages in Michigan choose facial rejuvenation to delay or improve visible signs of aging. The following factors generally define good candidates for JUVÉDERM® XC, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA Plus, and JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA:

  • You understand what these dermal fillers can and cannot accomplish.
  • You accept the potential risks of JUVÉDERM® and your responsibilities as a patient.
  • You are healthy, emotionally secure, and stable.
  • You accept that you will need to make healthy lifestyle choices to maintain the results achieved by this treatment.
  • You have realistic expectations and are willing to accept minor asymmetries.

What else should I know about JUVÉDERM®?

  • Results last up to one year and are not permanent. Repeat treatments will be needed to maintain results.
  • Common, temporary side effects include minimal bruising, redness, and swelling.
  • All cosmetic procedures carry the potential for risks, which will be fully discussed with you during your consultation.

How will I know what I will look like after my JUVÉDERM injections at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center?

VECTRA® 3D Imaging of before and after images, along with simulation, may also be used to help you visualize your post-injection results in Michigan.

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BELOTERO BALANCE® in Michigan

Finally a treatment for fine lines around the mouth and eyes! The Bengtson Center in Michigan is excited to introduce BELOTERO BALANCE®, the newest addition to our line of cosmetic dermal wrinkle fillers at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center. It has unique properties that allow it to adapt within the skin for soft and even correction. The versatility of the product makes it soft enough to treat delicate areas such as vertical lip lines (thin lines that appear above the lip line). BELOTERO BALANCE®, approved by the FDA in November 2011, is among the “soft” dermal fillers, comprised of hyaluronic acid or HA-based cohesive gel. HA naturally exists as a component of your skin. By binding to water, it fills in wrinkles and folds, allowing immediate and smooth correction.

Benefits of BELOTERO BALANCE® dermal fillers at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center in Michigan

  • Ideal for fine lines and wrinkles
  • Results last from 6 to 9 months
  • No allergy test is required
  • Treatment is safe and reliable

BELOTERO BALANCE® dermal fillers are as unique as each of our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit patients. This product is specially designed to integrate into your skin and conform to your distinct facial contours. By adapting to the individuality of your skin, it softens lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth for smooth and natural results that are uniquely you.

Restylane® in Michigan

Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Perlane®, and Perlane-L® are safe and natural cosmetic dermal fillers that help our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit patients instantly restore volume and fullness to their skin. Restylane® and Perlane® are made of hyaluronic acid, a natural “water loving” substance that exists in your body. Its unique ability to bind with water means it remains in your skin for many months, providing lasting results. Michigan’s Dr. Bengtson recommends these injectable dermal fillers to help his Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit patients correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds with little interruption to their schedule.

Restylane® is also ideal for adding fullness, volume and definition to your lips and as a filler for those dark grooves of your lower eyelid. Restylane® softens aging lines and enhances your natural features by restoring volume, improving skin elasticity, and smoothing lines and imperfections. Long lasting, but not permanent, Restylane® can last up to one year.

Dr. Bengtson and his team use Restylane® in Michigan primarily for the “tear trough” hollow area that can run down from the corner of the eye along the nose toward the cheek. Restylane® does an excellent job of restoring and decreasing this hollow, but only when placed by a skilled and experienced injector. The Restylane® family of dermal fillers provides many options for our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit patients, helping them treat outward signs of visible aging by instantly restoring volume and fullness to their skin.

What is Restylane®?

Restylane®, available in Michigan from Dr. Bengtson, is a gel that is injected into the skin in order to add volume to lips and lift up wrinkles and folds. It consists of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance already present in your body. Once in the skin, Restylane® works by creating volume. Some dermal fillers are derived from animal substances, but the hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is not.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is found throughout your body. It gives volume to the skin, lubricates the joints, and gives the eyes their shape. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is stabilized for long duration and is not of animal or human origin.

How is a treatment performed?

During treatment in Michigan, the crystal-clear Restylane® gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The gel produces volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted up and smoothed out. When enhancing lips or facial contours, Restylane® adds volume and shape to the treated area.

How long will the treatment take?

As with other dermal fillers at our Grand Rapids, Michigan, office, treatment with Restylane® is very quick and easy. Because no pre-test is needed, the treatment can be performed immediately and generally takes 30 minutes, depending on the area you wish to treat.

What areas can be treated with Restylane® dermal fillers at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center?

Restylane can be used for smoothing out folds and wrinkles, enhancing lips, and shaping facial contours in Michigan. The most common areas include the glabellar lines (between the eyebrows), the nasolabial folds (from the root of the nose to the angle of the mouth), and the lips, although other sites can also be treated. Very superficial or very deep wrinkles may be difficult to correct. If you’re considering dermal fillers, talk to Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon Dr. Bengtson about what your specific treatment needs may be and to determine if the Restylane family of products is right for you.

Do Restylane® injections hurt?

Most people find the injections relatively painless, but they may prick a little. If you prefer, a topical anaesthetic can be applied to the area being treated prior to injection with dermal fillers at our Grand Rapids office. When enhancing the lips, a local anaesthetic injection is often given.

How soon will I see the results?

You will see results immediately.

What will I look like after Restylane® treatment in Michigan?

Immediately after the treatment, you can expect slight redness, swelling, tenderness, or an itching sensation in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection with dermal fillers. Most of our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit patients find that the discomfort is temporary and generally disappears in a few days. After a lip treatment, the lips may become swollen and look somewhat uneven. This can persist for up to a week. If the discomfort continues, please contact Dr. Bengtson in Michigan.

What should I bear in mind after my treatment with Restylane® in Michigan?

During the first 48 hours after your treatment, do not massage or rub the treated area. If you have had a lip enhancement, avoid puckering your lips for the first two days after the treatment. Until the initial swelling and redness have resolved, do not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g., in a solarium or by sunbathing) or extreme cold.

Can Restylane® be removed?

Restylane dissolves naturally with time, but can be facilitated by an enzyme. If you feel uncertain about the desired result, you can choose to have the treatment done in small steps on different occasions.

Does Restylane® get stiffer in cold weather? What happens in the sun?

You should not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. in a solarium or by sunbathing) or extreme cold for the first few days after the treatment in order to avoid the risk of inflammation as the area has been disturbed. However, once Restylane has integrated into the body, it will adjust to your normal body temperature.

How will my skin look without follow-up treatments?

The correction provided by dermal fillers will gradually disappear until your skin looks like it did before the treatment. Follow-up injections in Michigan will help you maintain your correction.

RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler in Michigan

Aging is a part of life, and as the years pass, skin may begin to look less vibrant, refreshed and youthful. It loses collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which give it volume, support, and suppleness. As a part of the aging process, these natural support structures become less plentiful. The result is facial lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity, all of which rob the skin of its youthful, fresh appearance.

One solution for erasing lines and folds is to use dermal fillers to replace lost structure with immediate volume. For our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit patients, we often recommend RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler in Michigan, which works immediately for instant results. Once injected, RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler adds the volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging. However, what makes this product truly unique is its ability to act as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and stimulating growth of your own natural collagen for several months. And best of all, the natural results are clinically proven to last a year or more in many patients, which means more value from each treatment and long-lasting results.

We also recommend RADIESSE® dermal fillers for our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit patients who wish to decrease the visible signs of aging on the back of their hands.

What is RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler?

RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler is one of many injectable dermal fillers we offer our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit area patients. It immediately restores facial volume and smooths wrinkles. Once injected, it not only immediately adds volume but also gradually begins to stimulate the body’s own production of natural collagen, providing results that can last up to a year or more in many patients.

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What is RADIESSE® made from?

RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler is made of tiny calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. The calcium microspheres are similar to minerals found naturally in the body, so allergy testing is not required. Over time, the body absorbs the microspheres and gel, leaving behind only natural collagen.

Please note that RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler is contraindicated in patients with severe allergies manifested by a history of anaphylaxis or presence of multiple severe allergies.

How does RADIESSE® work?

Once injected, RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler plumps the skin and replenishes lost volume for a more refreshed look. Over time, it works to stimulate the body to produce collagen naturally. Ultimately the body absorbs the product, leaving behind the natural collagen for long-lasting results.

Where can RADIESSE® be injected?

Smile Lines

For most of us, smile lines-also known as nasolabial folds-are nothing to smile about. These lines and creases run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth, and are the result of the loss of facial volume and skin elasticity as we age. They can make you look older, tired, or unhappy, even if you feel young inside. Fortunately, treatment with dermal fillers such as RADIESSE® can help our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit patients replenish youthful volume and stimulate collagen production in this area, minimizing the appearance of those pesky facial lines, wrinkles, and folds that mask our smiles. Best of all, results are clinically proven to last a year or more in many patients.

Marionette Lines

Even if you have never heard of marionette lines, you probably know what they are. These lines that run straight downward from the corners of the mouth can make you look unhappy. Marionette lines form as facial volume begins to deplete and deeper creases begin to form below the mouth. Dermal fillers such as RADIESSE® can help our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit patients soften these lines and fill creases.

Corners of the Mouth

The corners of the mouth, also known as the oral commissures, can turn downward as you age and lose volume below the mouth. This downturned appearance of the mouth can make you look like you are frowning or even mad. In addition, volume loss in this area often leads to the formation or deepening of marionette lines.

Pre-Jowl

A little-known area of the face that can make a big impact on the way we look is the pre-jowl area, or the pre-jowl sulcus, which is the area on either side of our chin. Facial volume loss associated with the aging process results in sagging of the skin in other facial areas, and leaves the pre-jowl area hollow.

Chin Wrinkles

This pesky wrinkle, forming horizontally across the chin can really distract from the smile. Caused by facial volume loss, chin wrinkles appear gradually over time. Dermal fillers such as RADIESSE® can help our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit patients fill chin wrinkles and smooth the skin in this area.

What makes RADIESSE® different from other leading dermal fillers?

Among dermal fillers, RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler is the only one that is composed of calcium-based microspheres. It is clinically proven to stimulate the natural production of collagen, producing results that may last up to a year or more in many of our Grand Rapids area patients. Additionally, in clinical studies with leading hyaluronic acid injectable dermal fillers, results showed that RADIESSE® patients were significantly more satisfied with their results than patients treated with other leading wrinkle fillers. In addition, 30% less RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler may be needed for correction when compared to Perlane® injectable gel.

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How is treatment with RADIESSE® performed in Michigan? Is it painful?

Like other dermal fillers RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler is injected under the skin in a safe, quick lunchtime procedure at our Grand Rapids office. It is also FDA-approved to mix with lidocaine (an anesthetic), which means the procedure will be much more comfortable. In fact, in a clinical study, 90% of patients treated reported significant pain reduction when injected with RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler mixed with lidocaine.

How soon will I see results with RADIESSE® and how long will they last?

Immediately upon injection, RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler restores volume to smooth out the signs of aging. The natural-looking results may last up to a year or more in many patients.

Who can benefit from treatment with RADIESSE® in Michigan?

RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler is FDA-approved for correction of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. If you’re considering dermal fillers, talk to Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon Dr. Bengtson about what your specific treatment needs may be and to see if it is right for you.

What are the side effects of treatment with RADIESSE®?

As with any injection, patients may experience side effects such as mild irritation, swelling, itching, redness, bruising, or tenderness at the injection site, which typically resolve on their own. If any of these side effects persist, contact Dr. Bengtson right away.

Are there any patients who should not use RADIESSE®?

RADIESSE® should not be used in patients with severe allergies manifested by a history of anaphylaxis, a history or presence of multiple severe allergies, or known hypersensitivity to any of the components.

The safety of RADIESSE® has not been established in patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding or under the age of 18. Patients using medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin or warfarin, may, as with any injection, experience increased bleeding or bruising at the injection site.

  • If you're interested in finding out which dermal fillers will meet your needs in Michigan, contact the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center to schedule a consultation. Request your appointment online or phone 616.588.8880 today!.
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