How to plump up your cheeks

How to plump up your cheeks

Are you as curious about the injectable cheek filler “Voluma XC” as I was? I’ve seen friends and co-workers of mine who have had the treatment done and their before and afters were fantastic! With all the new videos of how to do your makeup, beautiful cheeks are everywhere. I did my own research, went in for a consultation, thought about it for a little while, and then decided I have nothing to lose and felt it would be a win win for me.  I got it done about a month ago so now I can tell you how my experience getting Voluma XC went.

Voluma XC is made by Allergan, the maker of Botox and Juvederm. Like Juvederm, Voluma is mainly comprised of Hyaluronic Acid but it’s thicker than Juvederm so it stays in place better, is injected deeper, and lasts longer. I’ve gotten both Botox and Juvederm in the past and for me, the injectables are the way to go to combat the visible signs of aging. It’s FDA approved and it’s supposed to last for up to 2 years!

The reason I knew it was for me was because I’ve always hoped for a way to plump up the cheeks because of how mine work. When I smile, my cheeks aren’t round and smooth, but have a flatness that’s almost an indent. I don’t like to wear my hair up, and I see myself in pictures and I appear to have this long, narrow face with no shape to it. I envy at girls with beautiful high cheekbones, that glow when they wear blush and highlighter. I wanted those pronounced high cheekbones and round apples. Looking in the mirror I would push them high and imagine what they would look like. I attempt to use makeup and give myself the illusion of having pronounced cheeks, but sometimes I end up just looking like a girl with too much makeup on.I considered the other options out there on the market and dove into my research. After much spent time, lots of before and after pictures, and a pros and cons list, I decided I really wanted this for myself.

After my full consultation with Nelia, I was confident and so was she that I would enjoy the results. She decided we would start with one syringe, putting half in each side, then if we decided that another syringe would benefit me, we would be able to split another into both, equalling 2 total.  I was expecting it to hurt more than getting Botox and Juvederm, but it actually hurt much less, and can easily be tolerated without much ice or numbing needed. I loved the way it was looking with the single syringe, but we opted for the second because my cheeks were really flat and needed the help.

Results are visible immediately, and I LOVED the results! I like to stay pretty private about what I change, so I decided I wasn’t going to tell my fiance or anyone else. I went home that day, and I felt he would kind of take second looks at me, but couldn’t put his finger on what was different. We went to dinner with two of our very close friends that night, and my girlfriend complimented how great my makeup looked, but that was it. I am most positive that no one seemed to notice anything was injected into my face. I had no bruising, no swelling, and this beautiful new shape to my face that I was obsessed with! Even putting makeup on became more fun.  A week or so later, we were helping my grandparents pack to move closer to us, and coming across pictures of my late mother, my fiance made the comment “Oh look at this! You definitely have her high cheekbones.” I blushed and my confidence went through the roof. I was very pleased to say the least. I’m someone who has over the years been quite skeptical, maybe even a little judgemental of those girls that go get a face full of botox and fillers, but now I have a different kind of respect for it.

When you talk to the injector, you see the passion, its like its their art and your face is their canvas. Any fears I had, she helped me overcome. Her honesty and personal desire for natural looking results made me forget I was even nervous in the first place. She showed me her work she had done in the past on previous patients who were so elated with results they allowed her to use them.

Now you might be thinking, what if I didn’t like them? Well, I had the same question as you. As I explained my fear of the possibility of hating my new cheeks or being too “fake” looking, it was explained to me that in the event that does happen, the filler can be dissolved. That changed everything. At that point I was ready to get something I really had wanted for a long time. I was so glad that I went through with it and I have ZERO regrets. The cost was so reasonable for something that lasts you 2 years and the process was smooth and effortless.

Overall, my experience with Voluma was what I wanted, and exceeded my expectations. I am 1 month post and am still enjoying the results and look of my new high cheekbones. I think this may be one treatment I may continue getting over the years. If you are thinking about it, go see Nelia and get your free consult! You have nothing to lose and some pretty cheeks to gain!

Reduce Wrinkles and Restore Lost Volume: Advanced Radiesse Formulation Works Two Ways

Reduce Wrinkles and Restore Lost Volume: Advanced Radiesse Formulation Works Two Ways

Youve spent your life caring for your face, pampering it with gentle washes, nourishing moisturizers and the occasional exfoliant. Now, youve reached your 50s or 60s, or maybe youre even still in your 40s, and how does your face pay you back? WHAM! With marionette lines, saggy jowls, deep lines around your nose and a hollowed-out area around your cheeks and temples. Suddenly, your midface region is sliding downward like an ice cream sundae on a hot summers day, and its dragging the rest of your face along for the ride.

Not so long ago, putting the brakes on midface aging and reversing the effects it causes meant a surgical face lift procedure with a lot of bruising and downtime, not to mention some pretty substantial discomfort. But today, dermal fillers are helping millions of women and men turn back the clock on facial aging, offering a far simpler (and safer) way to reduce lines and wrinkles, restore lost volume in the lip area, and even plump up sagging skin in the cheeks and temples. The result: A more youthful, rejuvenated appearance without the need for incisions, sutures and anesthesia and without post-op downtime. There are plenty of fillers to choose from today, but for midface rejuvenation, Radiesse is one of the best.

How Long Does Radiesse Last?

In addition to offering immediate restoration of lost volume by plumping up lines, depressions and hollowed-out areas, the tiny CaHA microparticles contained in Radiesse also work to stimulate the production of natural collagen, one of the most important building blocks of firm, youthful skin. When were young, collagen fibers form strong networks that help skin stay firm and resilient. Its these collagen networks that enable youthful skin to bounce back when touched, and they also help repel lines and wrinkles. But as we get older, our skin produces far less collagen than it used to, and that means its physiologically more inclined to form wrinkles, lines and creases, simply because a lot of that natural elasticity has been lost. Radiesse microparticles work inside the skin structure to ramp up natural collagen production, resulting in new collagen networks that help skin continue to appear plumper, firmer and more resilient over time. That means even as the CaHA breaks down and is absorbed by the body, you can continue to enjoy great results and smoother, more youthful-looking skin for a year or more after your initial treatment.

Is Radiesse just for the face?

No, Radiesse injections can also be used to help plump up hands, helping to replace volume lost due to aging so hands dont look veiny, bony and old. Your hands take the same environmental beating as your face, plus you spend lots of time washing your hands (and maybe doing dishes too). That means your hands are exposed to harsh detergents all day long, speeding up the aging process thats triggered by years of sun exposure. Like your face, your hands wind up losing the collagen networks that once helped them look and feel plump and firm. Radiesse injections bring the same benefits to aging hands, restoring volume so your hands regain a more youthful appearance.

What Happens During Radiesse Treatment?

Before Radiesse is injected, your face will be carefully evaluated to determine the best placement for the filler so you can achieve the results youre looking for. Depending on your treatment goals, multiple injections sites may be used to get the best effects. Once those sites are identified, the skin will be gently cleansed, and the Radiesse formulation will be injected using fine needles for minimal discomfort. A topical anesthetic or lidocaine can be used to numb the area for greater comfort in patients who are especially sensitive.

At Florida Aesthetics and Medical Weight Loss, all injectors are board certified so you can feel completely confident in your results. Most treatments take a half hour or less to complete, and theres no downtime, so you can go back to your regular activities immediately afterward.

How Does Radiesse Work?

Radiesse uses a special formulation of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres, tiny particles that provide immediate volume to plump up areas of lost volume and fill in lines and wrinkles from beneath the skins surface.

As an FDA-approved midface filler, Radiesse is a true workhorse with plenty of applications: Its ideal for filling in lines and folds around the nose and mouth and to eliminate marionette lines, those deep creases that extend from the corners of the mouth down along the chin. As a temples filler, it helps revitalize tired-looking eyes. Plus, its an ideal choice to revive youthful plumpness to the cheeks and the pre-jowl area along the sides of the face, helping to gently lift the lower jowl area for a sleeker, more youthful profile.

Is Radiesse the best solution for all facial rejuvenation needs?

Not necessarily; there are plenty of dermal fillers on the market today, each with its own special formulations and benefits. Scheduling a personal consultation is the best way to find out if Radiesse is a good choice for you, or if another filler might offer the results youre looking for. If youd like to learn more about Radiesse or other anti-aging treatments that can help you look and feel your best, call Florida Aesthetics and Medical Weight Loss at 813-345-4044 and schedule a free consultation today.

What’s The Difference Between Botox And Fillers?

So youve realized that your facial wrinkles are starting to show and that your frown lines are deepening.  Youre not alone! At some point in our lives, we all start to notice it.  Lines and wrinkles are a part of aging, but they dont have to be permanent.  Various treatments exist for this aspect of aging, and their use depends on individual cases.  Two types that are offered at Florida Aesthetics and that are FDA-approved are fillers and Botox injections.  Whats the difference?

Botox is an injection that is made from botulin, which works to paralyze the muscles surrounding the lines/wrinkles being treated.  This in turn relaxes the muscles and reduces the appearance of lines or wrinkles.  It is a minimally-invasive procedure that is very effective and efficient.  Botox injections are repeated periodically to maintain the effect.

Fillers are also injections that reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  However, unlike Botox, they are composed of calcium hydroxylapitite.  This material works to add volume to the area being treated, thus reducing/eliminating wrinkles and lines.  Results last for up to fifteen months, depending on the area being treated and its severity.  Juvederm fillers, like Botox, are also minimally-invasive and highly effective.

Whats the difference?  Using Botox or Juvederm fillers for best results depends on the individual.  Each person is unique.  Juvederm fillers may work best for one person while Botox works best for another.  Determining the best fit for treatment requires a consultation with a licensed aesthetician.  If youre interested in learning about what works best for your anti-aging treatments, talk to one of our licensed medical practitioners at Florida Aesthetics today!


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