SKIN Medical Spa provides non-surgical treatments such as BOTOX and dermal fillers for treating signs of aging. Owned and operated by a licensed physician, Dr. Robert Colvin, our practice offers advanced, results-oriented skincare solutions.
As one of the oldest medical spas in San Francisco, we have treated thousands of patients with BOTOX® and achieved great results. This FDA-approved cosmetic treatment improves permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the face. Containing a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which when injected, relaxes the facial muscles, and creates a smooth and rejuvenated look. All of our injectors have years of extensive training and experience to ensure the absolute best results.
Dermal Fillers San Francisco
As their name implies, dermal fillers simply “fill” in space. When a dermal filler, such as Juvéderm®, is injected beneath a wrinkle, crease, or area of volume loss, the filler instantly adds volume and pushes the skin back upward, erasing the wrinkle or returning volume.
Dermal fillers work on what are known as “static” wrinkles. These are wrinkles that form due to sun damage, declining collagen production, environmental issues, and personal habits such as smoking. Static wrinkles show themselves at all times. They are different than the “dynamic” wrinkles caused by muscle contractions that BOTOX® erases.
Most dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for plumping and firming the skin. These are known as “natural” fillers.
A few dermal fillers, such as Radiesse®, fill the space and then also trigger the body to produce new collagen. Radiesse® does this by the addition of calcium microspheres. When injected, Radiesse® immediately returns volume and then over time the body metabolizes the calcium microspheres and this triggers new collagen production for longer-lasting results.
Who is a candidate for dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers generally work on the lower two-thirds of the face and they work only on static wrinkles (due to skin damage). So, if you have nasolabial folds that run from your nose to the corners of your mouth, parentheses lines that frame your mouth, barcode lines above your upper lip, marionette lines dropping down from the corners of your mouth, or areas of volume loss on the cheeks and elsewhere, dermal fillers are your answer. Dermal fillers also add volume to the lips and can hide veins and tendons on the back of the hands.
However, if your wrinkles are on the upper third of the face, the expressive area, dermal fillers are the wrong choice. Crow’s feet, the 11s between your eyebrows, and forehead lines are all the domain of BOTOX®.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers
What is the benefit of looking younger? What is the benefit of erasing an annoying smile line for up to a year? What is the benefit of returning volume to your cheeks or hiding those protruding tendons on the backs of your hands? This is what dermal fillers do, and they do so with very few reactions or side effects. A dermal filler session at SKIN Medical Spa takes just 20 minutes or so and your results are instantaneous.
What areas can be treated with Injectable Fillers?
Dermal fillers work on the lower two thirds of the face, the backs of the hands, and the lips. Here are some specific areas they can be used:
- Nasolabial folds
- Parentheses lines
- Marionette lines
- Barcode lines
- Volume loss in the cheeks
- Volume loss around the mouth
- Undereye lines
- Thinning lips
- Thinning skin on the backs of the hands to hide veins and tendons
How long do dermal fillers last?
Most dermal fillers last from nine months to one year. Juvéderm® Voluma and Juvéderm® Vollure last longer, 18 months and beyond. Radiesse® is the longest lasting dermal filler, returning volume for up to two years.
Types of Dermal Fillers We Offer
At the SKIN Medical Spa, we offer a variety of dermal fillers to rejuvenate your skin. We offer:
- Juvéderm XC
- Juvéderm Volbella
- Juvéderm Volume
- Juvéderm Volbella
- Restylane Refyne/Defyne
- Restylane Lyft
- Restylane Silk
Juvederm XC is a dermal filler injectable that treats moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. This injectable treats nasolabial folds (between your nose and corners of your mouth). The hyaluronic acid gel fills in these lines and creates volume to rejuvenate your face. Juvederm XC is proven to last one year. We also offer Juvéderm Volbella if you are looking for more plumped and defined lips. Voluma XC is product of the Juvéderm family that enhances cheek volume and facial contours. Lastly, Vollure treats nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and parentheses lines.
Restylane is another hyaluronic acid filler that addresses creases and lines surrounding the nose and mouth. Restylane can improve the look of your skin and reverse the signs of aging. Restylane usually lasts from 9 months to a year. We offer the full line of Restylane products including Restylane Lyft for deeper lines, Restylane Silk for fine lines and the lips, as well as Refyne/Defyne which are more flexible than other fillers.
Radiesse is a water-based gel filler that corrects moderate to severe volume loss. This filler will restore volume in the treated areas and is eventually absorbed into the surrounding tissue. The absorbed microspheres get metabolized over the next 1-2 years which encourages the restructure of collagen. Patients typically only need one or two treatments to achieve their desired results.
Belotero is a very versatile dermal filler that can treat both deep folds and wrinkles as well as softer delicate areas around the lips. This HA filler allows for immediate and smooth correction of wrinkles.
How often should I have dermal fillers injected?
As noted above, different fillers have different lifespans. At some point, the body will absorb the filler and the wrinkle or crease will return. At that point, it’s time to come see us again at SKIN Medical Spa for another session.
When will I see results?
Dermal fillers provide instant results. They are injected beneath the crease, wrinkle, or sunken area and they instantly add volume and push the skin back upward.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers or BOTOX, contact SKIN Medical Spa. Call our office at (415) 409-6500 to schedule a consultation. We serve San Francisco, California, and surrounding areas.