Injectable Fillers to reduce lines and wrinkles
George H. Garcia, MD, is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with extensive experience with the latest skin filling agents. These non-surgical treatments may be used alone, or in combination with surgery, to create the very best facial enhancement for you.
Restylane® is a gel injected under the skin, in order to inflate and stretch facial areas, thereby reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Clinical studies have demonstrated an excellent effect when combined with BOTOX® treatment. Risks are low and include skin allergy and infection. Some redness and swelling is to be expected right after injection.
Radiesse™ is a gel containing small particles of calcium hydroxyapatite. While similar to Restylane in purpose, it is thought to last considerably longer.
Sculptra is a liquid suspension injected into deeper spaces within the face. It is most effective for deeper folds and lines. It often requires multiple treatments to be most useful.
Collagen Skin Filler
Collagen is an older skin filler still widely used today. While versatile and largely successful in its use, the allergy rate to collagen is significant. Patients undergoing collagen treatment must undergo skin allergy testing first, and then return on another day for the actual treatment. [This stands in contrast to Restylane, which has a far lower allergy rate, and does not typically require allergy testing. As a result, patients are usually able to receive Restylane filler treatment without requiring a return visit on another day.]
New filler products are being developed every year, and it is extremely important for the modern cosmetic surgeon to be aware of the latest developments. Dr. Garcia has been awarded a clinical faculty position at two of the finest university hospitals on the West Coast (UCLA and UCI), and participates in ongoing cosmetic medical and surgical education courses. One can clearly see Dr. Garcia’s commitment to knowing and using the latest facial cosmetic advances, year after year.