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Dermal Fillers in Carmel, CA

Are You Looking for The Best Place for Dermal Fillers Near You in Carmel, CA? You Found It! The Office of Dr. John Lubben is Conveniently Located at 26135 Carmel Rancho Blvd, Suite A-1, Carmel, CA 93953 (Behind Prims Carmel General Store).

Dermal Fillers

As we age our face looses volume in the form of muscle, collagen. The aging face begins to droop facial lines appear more deep. Dermal Fillers are used to treat this loss of volume and drooping which decreases the appearance of these lines and provide a more youthful facial appearance. The most common dermal fillers are Juvederm and Restylane which contain hyaluronic acid.  Filling up the lost volume of your face with dermal fillers provides a more youthful appearance lasting up to 12 months. Dermal lip fillers can also enhance area such as the lips by changing the shape of your lips and increasing lip volume.

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Choose the best dermal fillers because you are worth it! We choose to use the Restylane Family of Fillers because Dr. Lubben feels it offers the best fillers in terms of lift (Restylane Lift) and flexibility (Restylane Refyne). Lift is the ability of the filler to lift your tissue. Lift is important when performing the "liquid face lift." Flexibility is the ability of the filler to move freely within your tissue once injected. Flexibility is important in the lower face and around the lips because of the amount of movement in the lower face.

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What Are Dermal Fillers?

Skin aging usually begins in your 20s when the structure of your skin starts to slowly lose essential collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are proteins that give your skin firmness and suppleness, so when levels start to drop, skin loses the ability to maintain elasticity and retain moisture. Dermal fillers, as their name suggests, help to replace lost proteins in the skin by filling or bulking up underlying tissues. Unlike toxins that relax muscles by blocking the nerve impulses which control movement, dermal fillers have absolutely no paralyzing effect at all. Injectable fillers come in a variety of forms to replace this loss of volume. Historically, the most common filler was collagen (either natural or synthetic), but due to allergic reactions occurring with collagen, these days is hyaluronic acid is used. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally-occurring substance that helps hydrate your skin and replenish lost volume, which is why HA fillers are a very effective option in modern aesthetics.

What Are Fillers Used For?

While injectable toxins are great for expression lines like crow’s feet, frown lines and bands around the neck, fillers are much better for deeper wrinkles that have been hanging around a little longer. They can also improve recessed scar appearance and add volume to anything from sagging hands and sunken cheeks to thin lips.


What Should You Expect During Dermal Filling Treatment?

Depending on the size of your treatment area (or areas) and the type of filler you choose, your procedure can be completed in anything from 15 minutes to an hour. Treatment usually involves injecting a tiny needle into the target area – a quick and relatively painless procedure, but certainly not pain-free. Topical numbing creams and/or ice packs are often administered during the procedure and some fillers contain their very own local anesthetic, lidocaine, which will obviously help lessen the sting. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to leave the office and go back to your normal activities right away. You may experience a little tenderness and swelling, but this can be reduced with gentle ice packs, and any discomfort should be gone in a couple of days. Try to avoid too much facial muscle flexing or sudden movements for a few days as this can disturb the filler, and avoid extreme temperatures for one week after your treatment. As with most injectables, results are immediately gratifying, but because of the swelling it’ll take a couple of days for your skin to properly stabilize and for you to fully see the difference. In terms of your results, most HA fillers offer visible effects for anything from four to 12 months, but again this depends on the type of filler you choose.


What Are Some Of The Dermal Filler Options?


Previously called Artefill, Bellafill was approved by the FDA in 2015 for the treatment of smile lines and acne scars  and it was the first injectable filler to offer results lasting for up to five years (one year for acne scars). While most fillers offer immediate results, Bellafill acts more like a stimulating agent. Formulated with bovine collagen, polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres and that all-important pain reducer lidocaine, the procedure does offer some limited instant results, but the real effects take time. Once injected, the collagen gel immediately fills and plumps the skin, while the microspheres act as a bio-stimulant for your body, creating a ‘scaffold’ effect for natural collagen regeneration over the coming months. The results are natural-looking, smooth skin that keeps getting better and stronger for many years to come.

Belotero Balance

Belotero is an HA-based filler and one of the lightest dermal fillers available. Often called the ‘starter filler,’ it offers natural-looking, immediate results and has been approved to temporarily smooth out and fill in moderate to severe nasolabial folds for up to six months. So, how does Belotero differ to other HA fillers? Many fillers have a sort of blue hue to them, which can cause something called the Tyndall effect. The Tyndall effect occurs when fillers are injected too close to the skin’s surface, creating a blue-ish gray tint under the injection site. Belotero, however, can be injected more superficially without this unwanted effect.


Allergan’s Juvéderm is the world’s number-one selling collection of dermal fillers and includes many different HA fillers to suit your every aging concern.

Juvéderm XC – First approved by the FDA back in 2006, Juvéderm XC smooths facial folds and lines around the nose and mouth for up to a year. The XC in the name refers to the inclusion of lidocaine which reduces the amount of pain involved.

Juvéderm Ultra XC – Ultra XC is an injectable gel for temporarily adding fullness to the lips for up to a year. It is also approved for smoothing and correcting moderate to severe parenthesis lines such as smile lines around the nose and mouth.

Juvéderm Volbella XC – Volbella was one of the most recent fillers to be approved by the FDA and is indicated for both lip augmentation and the correction of perioral rhytids (fine lines around the mouth) in adults over the age of 21. Volbella contains a proprietary cross-linking technology called Vycross, which stabilizes the filler molecules and gives it a certain thickness to prevent the body from breaking it down too quickly. This means it’s able to provide more lift for a longer amount of time. It also has a lower HA concentration, which results in less immediate swelling.

Juvéderm Vollure XC – Formulated for moderate to severe lines around the nose and mouth for up to 18 months, Vollure is used to reduce laughter lines in a natural-looking fashion. Like Volbella, it also contains Vycross technology to help create a more malleable, gel-like substance that can be molded to lift sunken skin and fill in fine lines, while maintaining enough movement to work with your facial expressions.

Juvéderm Voluma XC – Also known as the ‘liquid facelift,’ Voluma was the first non-surgical, hyaluronic acid filler to be FDA-approved for filling and plumping hollowed cheeks for adults over the age of 21. Voluma also contains Vycross technology and can last for up to 18-24 months.


Often thought of as the ‘foundation filler,’ Radiesse  was FDA-approved in 2007 for adding volume to both the face and the hands. Radiesse is a wonderful, natural way to anti-age the hands because it significantly reduces the appearance of lines and veins. It can be used for hand rejuvenation as it delivers hyaluronic acid and a natural calcium derivative underneath the superficial fascia of the hand, helping older-looking skin into youthful-looking skin with a simple injection and a short massage. Made primarily from synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa) – similar to the calcium found in your teeth and bones – Radiesse offers immediate volumization as well as long-term benefits for up to 18 months. Calcium Hydroxylapatite acts like a scaffold to support the skin’s structure and also stimulates collagen production over time.


Like Juvéderm, Restylane is very popular. Produced by Galderma, the collection includes five fillers, each offering natural-looking results.

Restylane – The original Restylane is an HA filler primarily used to smooth away moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. It can also be used to add volume and definition to thinning lips. With a full treatment (usually two sessions), results can often last as long as 18 months.

Restylane Refyne and Defyne – Coined as the ‘next-generation, flexible hyaluronic acid fillers,’ Refyne and Defyne both incorporate a brand new technology called XpresHAn which allows the HA gel to move with your facial expressions, specifically when used to treat nasolabial folds. This gives Refyne and Defyne an unheard of amount of flexibility, making them perfect for use on areas where there’s a lot of movement and expression such as around the nose and mouth. Refyne is softer, making it the perfect choice for moderate fine lines and wrinkles, whereas Defyne is slightly less flexible and offers more support, and is more effective for deeper wrinkles. Both offer results lasting from eight to 12 months.

Restylane Lyft  – Formerly known as Perlane-L, Restylane Lyft is a thicker HA filler that’s used for correcting severe wrinkles and volume loss in the hands and cheeks. It uses larger particles and higher concentrations of hyaluronic acid than the original Restylane, and administers deeper injections, which is why it’s best for treating pronounced lines and wrinkles. Lyft is not suitable for lip augmentation.

Restylane Silk – Designed specifically for enhancing the lips, Restylane Silk is another relatively soft HA filler that uses small, smooth particles to precisely contour and shape a perfect pout. Due to the high level of muscle and skin activity around the mouth, expect results to last around six months.

Revanesse Versa

Launched in January 2018, Revanesse Versa is one of the newest fillers and has been approved by the FDA for the cosmetic treatment of facial wrinkles and creases. It uses a wet milling technology to create spherical and uniform particles which, according to the brand’s website, provide the perfect balance between smoothness and volume. One of Versa’s advantages is that it tends to cause less bruising and swelling than other HA fillers, and is less expensive.

Sculptra Aesthetic

Sculptra is a unique, FDA-approved injectable that, unlike HA fillers, has the ability to stimulate collagen growth, rather than simply ‘filling’ or increasing volume. It’s made from poly-L-lactic acid which acts as a collagen stimulator to restore the skin’s inner structure and plumpness and is indicated for mid-cheek, nasolabial folds and more (including cellulite). It works slower and is a different treatment to regular HA fillers. Typically a patient starts with one or two vials, depending on the amount of correction needed, then returns for another treatment after one month, and then a final treatment the following month. Results appear gradually throughout this time and will continue to improve for up to two years or more.

Things To Consider

1. As with all cosmetic procedures, the greatest risk with fillers, is having your filler botched up by an under-qualified physician, so only  have yours administered by a board-certified, experienced injector.

2. It’s always a good idea to have a pre-treatment consultation just to check your eligibility and talk through the results you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure you’re fully aware of your treatment plan, risks, and things you can do to enhance your results at home.

3. Avoid taking blood-thinning meds like aspirin, vitamin E supplements, St. John’s wort, ginseng and ginkgo biloba for at least a week before your treatment.

4. Fillers are not for you if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have bleeding disorders, diabetes, lupus, oral infections or suffer with blood-clotting problems.

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