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Dermal Fillers to Replace Lost Collagen

For Grand Rapids and Birmingham Patients Seeking Valuable Volume

The signs of aging that appear on your face may be inevitable, but surgery to reduce those lines and wrinkles doesn't have to be. Injectable dermal fillers give Birmingham and Grand Rapids men and women a quick, safe, time-tested, and effective temporary option for replacing lost collagen to smooth wrinkles, restore youthful contours, plump lips, and combat visible signs of aging. The Bengtson Center team of Aesthetic Experts in Michigan has the experience and training to help you select the right filler, or combination of dermal fillers, to get the youthful results you desire. Our Master Injectors are specially trained, and even work to train other professionals in advanced techniques to maximize results. They know their stuff—especially when that "stuff" is dermal fillers. We are home to not one, but two national trainers for BOTOX® and JUVEDERM® fillers!

In addition to various JUVEDERM® products—including Ultra®, Voluma® XC, and Volbella® XCGrand Rapids plastic surgeon Dr. Brad Bengtson offers the following dermal fillers for his patients in the Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit areas:

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid, made naturally by the human body, provides volume for the skin, lubricates joints, and gives eyes their shape. The hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers like Restylane® is stabilized for long duration and does not originate from animals or humans.


Common Concerns for Treatment With Dermal Fillers

The Bengtson Center's Master Injectors are ready to assess your face, listen to your aesthetic goals, and help you get a younger, fresher, rejuvenated look. Here are some wrinkles and lines that prompt many patients to seek out dermal fillers:

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 can help our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit area 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 can help 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 downturn 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—all of which can be addressed by dermal fillers.

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. Volume from dermal fillers provides structure that prevents sagging.

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 can help fill chin wrinkles and smooth the skin in this area.

BELOTERO BALANCE® for Birmingham and Grand Rapids

Looking for dermal fillers to treat your fine lines around the mouth and eyes? The Bengtson Center offers BELOTERO BALANCE®, a versatile dermal filler that's cohesive enough to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds, but also particularly suited for delicate work, such as those thin lines that appear above your lip line. Its unique properties allow it to adapt within your skin for soft and even correction. BELOTERO BALANCE®, approved by the FDA in November 2011, is among the "soft" dermal fillers, comprised of hyaluronic acid or HA-based cohesive gel. Hyaluronic acid 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® at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center in Michigan

  • Ideal for fine lines and wrinkles
  • Results from this dermal filler last six to nine 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® for Birmingham and Grand Rapids

Restylane® is the name of a line of safe and natural cosmetic dermal fillers that help our Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Detroit area patients quickly restore volume and fullness to their skin. Like many of its fellow dermal fillers, Restylane® is made of hyaluronic acid, a natural "water loving" substance that remains in your skin for months, providing lasting results. Michigan's Dr. Bengtson recommends these injectable dermal fillers to help his 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, the effects of these dermal fillers can last up to one year.

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

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid, made naturally by the human body, provides volume for the skin, lubricates joints, and gives eyes their shape. The hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers like Restylane® is stabilized for long duration and does not originate from animals or humans.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

During the first 48 hours after your dermal fillers 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 (such as sunbathing or a sauna) or extreme cold.

Restylane® dissolves naturally with time, though this process can be sped up by a specific enzyme. If you feel uncertain about your desired result, you can choose to have the treatment done in small steps on different occasions. 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® for Birmingham and Grand Rapids

For our patients seeking a solution to erase lines and folds, we often recommend RADIESSE®, a dermal filler that works rapidly. Once injected, RADIESSE® adds the volume and lift needed to diminish 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 dermal filler patients, which means more value from each treatment and long-lasting results.

RADIESSE® is made of tiny calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. The calcium microspheres in this dermal filler 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 that grew.

Please note that RADIESSE® dermal filler is contraindicated in patients who have severe allergies manifested by a history of anaphylaxis or presence of multiple severe allergies.

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


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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.

Among dermal fillers, RADIESSE® 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.

Like other dermal fillers, RADIESSE® 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) to make the procedure more comfortable. In fact, in a clinical study, 90 percent of patients treated reported significant pain reduction when injected with RADIESSE® mixed with lidocaine.

As with any injection of dermal fillers or other cosmetic treatments, patients may experience side effects such as mild irritation, swelling, itching, redness, bruising, or tenderness at the injection site, all of which typically resolve on their own. If any of these side effects persists after a dermal filler treatment, contact Dr. Bengtson right away.

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® dermal filler 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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