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Dermal  Fillers

Dermal fillers help restore a youthful appearance to your face by enhancing, contouring and softening areas of concerns such as nasolabial folds and lips.  They can replace volume where volume has been lost due to the aging process. Injectable fillers provide an immediate result without the downtime from a surgical procedure. If placed correctly, fillers can look very natural and compliment a person's appearance. However, each of us knows or has seen someone that had fillers and just the opposite ocurred.  An unnatural appearance and "they don't even look like themselves anymore".  How does this happen?


I cannot overstate the importance that the person performing the injection of the filler should have an absolute and thorough knowledge of facial anatomy. They must understand how the facial muscles influence the appearance of the overlying skin. This information is absolutely necessary to achieve consistant, natural appearing results. Fillers have their limitations and should be used to compliment the structure of your face. It is all about balance and proper porportion.


There a presently several dermal fillers approved by the FDA for use in the United States. Just as I selected the medical skin care products used in my practice, I also chose the dermal fillers. My decision was based on the clinical history of each product, my experience with the product, and the results I attain.


In my practice, injectable dermal fillers play an important role in facial rejuvenation. They are used alone to forestall the need for more invasive treatment, and in combination with surgical procedures to enhance and compliment the overall result. 




Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring, hydrating substance in your skin. With the aging process you lose hyaluronic acid which causes the skin to lose structure and volume. Juvederm XC is a smooth hyaluronic acid (HA) gel filler used to soften wrinkles or deep lines and is indicated to treat the "parentheses" lines on the sides of your nose and mouth and can last up to one year.




JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC injectable gel is the first hyaluronic acid (HA) that has been FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the cheek area. It gives you a subtle lift, helping to restore contour and a more youthful profile, for up to 2 years, in clients over the age of 21.


With the use of dermal fillers, side effects can be mild to moderate and generally last 2 to 4 weeks. Common side effects include temporary reactions at the treatment site such as tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, and itching.


As with any of our surgical or non-surgical options, during your consultation, Dr. Franks will educate you on why you are seeing what you are seeing and how it relates to your anatomy. Just as in building a home, you have to have the proper support and structure to create a stable foundation. This relates to the aging process as well. It is not a "one-size-fits all" treatment. Dr. Franks will customize your treatment based on the concerns your express during your consultation as well as goals and particular needs. 



I have been chosen to be the exclusive provider in central Iowa of ArteFill, an injectable, long lasting non- surgical alternative that restores the youthful appearance to areas of the face and body where volume and support of soft tissues has been lost due to the natural aging process.


Each ArteFill injection is a mixture of bovine collagen, which provides immediate support; and biocompatible microspheres, which provide lasting support. These microspheres create a microscopic "matrix" to support your body's own natural collagen and ultimately strengthen the layers that support the skin. This provides the support your skin needs for wrinkle correction and younger looking skin.


ArteFill is one of the longest studied dermal fillers in the world with a five year clinical evaluation following initial treatment. ArteFill is approved by the FDA.


To learn more about ArteFill and how it offers long term, aesthetic improvements please contact our office to schedule your consultation.




wdf  cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery       980.237.6958

7731 Little Ave. Suite B.

Charlotte, NC 28226

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