Juvederm | Restylane | Hyaluronic Acids

Signs of aging start to appear as early as your 20s as the skin’s appearance gradually loses its fullness and smooth texture. The natural aging process, genetics, stress, sunshine and other factors all take a toll, leaving lines, sagging skin and sunken areas along the face. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, offer a quick, nonsurgical approach to enhancing your skin’s appearance and restoring a youthful look.

Also known as “soft-tissue fillers” and “injectables, dermal fillers replace what the aging process has taken away, creating a full, smooth, fresh appearance. If you’ve been considering facial augmentation but aren’t sure which method will work best for you, we can help. Dr. Lowenstein’s nurse injector Stephanie can work with you to determine which options will produce the results you want.

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Our Aging Skin

The loss of volume and elasticity that occurs through the years results from changes in the skin’s chemical makeup. One chemical in particular accounts for the visible lines, folds and wrinkles left behind. This chemical is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acids stimulate the skin’s collagen-producing mechanisms, which helps in maintaining a youthful look. The body’s production of hyaluronic acid declines over the years, leaving the face looking worn and tired. One of the main active ingredients in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid. The addition of this vital substance means dermal fillers not only help augment lines and sunken areas but also support the skin’s natural collagen-producing processes. Juvederm and Restylane injectables have a gel-like consistency that’s designed to “fill” the areas of the face most affected by aging. Favorite uses for fillers include:
  • Smooth away creases around the nose and mouth
  • Add volume and definition to the lips
  • Restore plumpness to the cheeks
  • Erase frown lines
  • Smooth out lines between the mouth and chin

Same-Day Procedure

Dermal filler procedures are performed in-office and take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to complete depending on the number of facial areas treated. Ensuring your privacy and overall comfort remains a top priority at Montecito Plastic Surgery. This level of convenience allows you to schedule an appointment that fits into your daily routine.

The procedure starts with an examination of the areas of your face being treated. Stephanie will then mark or map out the injection sites for the filler. From there, an antibacterial solution is used to clean the injection site areas.

To reduce any pain experienced at the injection sites, ice packs, cold air and anesthetic ointments may be used. These techniques make for a near painless procedure. Some tenderness and mild swelling may develop over the next day or two, but not to the extent where pain medications are needed.

Immediate Results

Since dermal fillers consist of a gel-type material, you’ll see immediate results once the procedure is done. Hollow or sunken areas around the nose and cheeks appear fuller. Likewise, folds and lines begin to smooth out as the filler goes in. Immediate results also have added benefits as far as your lifestyle goes.

If you have a special event coming up in the near future, you can time your appointment so you’re looking your best when the occasion arises. As far as facial augmentation goes, this kind of flexibility and convenience is hard to come by with surgery-based procedures. The effects of the procedure will continue to enhance your appearance as the skin’s collagen-producing processes receive a renewed boost. This means your face will not only appear fuller, but the skin’s surface will take on the smooth, moist texture of younger years.

Earn Rewards to Enhance Your Look

Dermal fillers offer dramatic results for many patients, but the outcome is only temporary. To extend your refreshed appearance, you will need to schedule regular treatment sessions. Montecito Plastic Surgery is making that process easier and more affordable for you with their offering of the Brilliant Distinctions Program. When you join Brilliant Distinctions, you earn points on treatments that can be applied to the cost of future procedures. Multiple Allergan products are included in the program, allowing you to cash in on many of your favorite cosmetic enhancements. Montecito provides the following Brilliant Distinctions dermal fillers:


Ultra Plus



To become a part of the Brilliant Distinctions program, simply enroll online and let our staff know you are a member. We will bank your points for you with each treatment, which you can redeem for any of our Allergan procedures. Just print your coupon and bring it to your next appointment – we will take care of the rest.

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FAQs: Dermal Fillers

  • What sets Montecito Plastic Surgery apart from other facilities?

    Montecito Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara goes above and beyond in providing quality care inside a relaxing environment. Our facility is located on the Santa Barbara coast to ensure your privacy while still accessible within a one to two-hour drive. Considering how delicate facial augmentation procedures can be, you can take comfort in the level of care and expertise Montecito Plastic Surgery provides. Contact us today at 805-969-9004 to see how we can enhance your appearance and help you meet your aesthetic goals.
  • How do you deliver the results I want?

    Stephanie will conduct a thorough assessment and treatment planning process to identify the results you want and determine what procedures will best accomplish these ends. Since each person’s condition and physiological makeup is different, these steps help ensure your safety as well as the overall effectiveness of the procedure. Feelings of anxiety are not uncommon when considering facial augmentation so feel free to ask questions and express these feelings during your consultation.
  • How long do the results last?

    The gel material that makes up dermal fillers breaks down over time, so the results are not permanent. That being so, the natural ingredients in fillers can produce positive results for three to 18 months, and sometimes longer depending on how well your skin responds to the treatment. To maintain lasting results, periodic follow-up injections will be needed. There are, however, steps you can take to protect your skin and prolong the results. Using sunscreen on a daily basis and keeping the body hydrated can go a long way towards promoting lasting results. Your injector’s expertise also has a considerable bearing on the result.
  • Can dermal fillers be combined with other treatments?

    While dermal fillers can produce remarkable plumping and smoothing effects, if wrinkles around the eyes and forehead are a concern, you may want to consider additional enhancements to achieve the results you want. Montecito Plastic Surgery offers other non-surgical options to smooth out these areas. For instance, Botox injectables can be combined with dermal fillers to enhance all areas of the face. Botox and treatments like it follow a procedure that’s similar to that used for dermal fillers. This makes it possible to perform both procedures during the same office visit. Other techniques, both surgical and nonsurgical are also available, offering a range of options from which to choose.
  • Is there any reason I shouldn’t receive dermal filler injections?

    The Restylane and Juvéderm filler lines are the most popular dermal fillers in the world. They have been used across the world for millions of patients, and they have loyal followings. That’s because they deliver effective, predictable, safe results. Both of these filler lines are categorized as “natural” fillers because they are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the human body. These fillers erase lines and wrinkles, return volume to sunken cheeks and areas around the mouth, and can even add volume to thin lips. They do so painlessly and are completely noninvasive.

    All you have to lose is your wrinkles and areas of volume loss.

    The only reason a person wouldn’t opt for dermal filler injections would be for wrinkles occurring on the upper third of the face: crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines. Dermal fillers do not work on these areas, as the wrinkles form due to muscle contractions under the skin. BOTOX erases these lines.

  • Are dermal filler injections painful?

    Dermal fillers are injected a little deeper than BOTOX. Because of that, we apply topical numbing cream prior to your injections. This makes these injections comfortable. You do need to allow time for the numbing cream to fully take effect, so plan on that when you make your appointment.
  • Are there potential side effects when receiving dermal filler injections?

    At Montecito Plastic Surgery, we offer the dermal filler lines of Juvéderm and Restylane. These lines have various fillers that are formulated to address different areas of the mid to lower face. All of these fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the human body responsible for hydrating, plumping, and firming the skin. Hyaluronic acid does this by binding with nearby water molecules. That’s how these dermal fillers return volume to the areas they are injected, erasing the crease or wrinkle or returning volume to sunken areas. Restylane and Juvéderm are very well tolerated, and reactions are rare. The only typical side effects, if you want to call them that, would be slight redness and swelling at the injection sites. This wears off in a few hours in most cases. Occasionally a lump may form at the injection site, but this problem can be instantly corrected by the injection of an enzyme called hyaluronidase, which immediately dissolves the hyaluronic acid and removes the bump.

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