Dr. Eric Chang uses fillers such as Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® at Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to soften wrinkles, make lips plumper, and enhance areas of the face that appear sunken or hollow. Dr. Chang personally performs all cosmetic filler injections at his practice near Baltimore, using precision and an eye for aesthetics that helps him create beautiful, natural-looking results.
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These days, most fillers are gels containing hyaluronic acid (HA), a moisture-binding chemical that occurs naturally in the body and helps keep the skin hydrated and youthful. Even though the HA used in fillers is a synthetic version, there is no need to undergo allergy testing before filler treatments.
Dr. Chang primarily uses JUVÉDERM and Restylane fillers, which are similar but have unique characteristics that make them preferable for specific treatment areas. Both fillers can be used effectively to treat nasolabial folds ("smile lines") and other deeper facial wrinkles.
At his Columbia practice, Dr. Chang discusses your dermal filler options thoroughly and clearly explains the differences between fillers to determine which products will best meet your needs.
Fillers and BOTOX are both injectable treatments, but the way they work is very different. BOTOX is a drug called a neuromodulator that temporarily immobilizes facial muscles by blocking signals from the nervous system. Fillers, on the other hand, are gels varying in consistency that – as their name implies – fill in lines and wrinkles to give the face a smoother appearance.
Yes. Because different fillers and BOTOX treat different concerns, combining them is often a great way to achieve a comprehensive rejuvenation. Dr. Chang can use different products to target each of your aging concerns in a single session.
It depends on the specific filler used, where it is placed, and individual factors, but generally the results from JUVÉDERM and Restylane injections last between 9 and 12 months. Periodic touch-up treatments can extend the effectiveness of fillers for many patients.