Injectables & Threads
The neurotoxins Botox® Dysport® and Xeomin® are minimally-invasive injectables that aim to give patients a happier, more relaxed appearance with minimal side effects and zero scarring or downtime. They can reverse signs of aging by temporarily relaxing underlying muscles. Although the procedure is most commonly done for cosmetic reasons, it is also FDA-approved for a number of medical purposes.
Dermal fillers are an injectable solution (typically hyaluronic acid-based) that fill in facial cosmetic concerns and correct volume loss. In most cases, you can be in and out of your in-office visit within the hour. Dermal fillers can help you achieve long-lasting results with minimal side effects, and no scarring or downtime.
NovaThreads are a different kind of injectable skin rejuvenation treatment. While dermal fillers literally re-plump wrinkles and folds and areas of lost volume, NovaThreads work within the skin to rejuvenate by stimulating the body to produce new collagen that firms and lifts. This is a minimally invasive technique that provides immediate results as well as increasing improvement over time.
You may benefit from dermal fillers if you’re unhappy with your facial appearance due to fine lines, wrinkles, facial folds, or lost volume. Because dermal fillers are minimally-invasive, they’re ideal for patients who simply don’t have time for recovery associated with surgery. Patients who are in good general health and have realistic expectations about what fillers can do for them typically have the best outcome.
Which Dermal Fillers Do You Offer?
At Image Surgical Arts of Nashville, we offer an extensive collection of high-quality hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers. Whatever your aesthetic concerns, we’re sure to have something for your individual needs. At your in-person consultation, Dr. Harris or his staff of expert injectors will talk to you about your options and create a customized plan to help you meet your goals.
As you get older (or if you smoke), your lips develop little vertical lines that appear even more pronounced when lipstick settles into the lines. Redensity is a soft gel filler specifically used to correct moderate to severe lip lines and wrinkles around the mouth. It is hyaluronic acid based, with a bit of lidocaine added to reduce injection discomfort. Redensity has a flexible consistency that moves naturally with you so your lips look youthfully smooth yet fully expressive. Results can last up to a year.
Vobella is designed specifically to treat the lip and mouth area. It’s a softer formula that provides a natural look and feel. Vobella can help you define the lip border, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and give you a full, plump lip. An ultra-fine needle and lidocaine-enhanced hyaluronic acid filler are used to minimize discomfort during your treatment. Results may vary from person to person, but you can expect your Vobella treatment to last about 12-months.
You may want to consider Vollure if you would like to address laugh lines, marionette lines, or restore lost volume to the mid-face. Clinical studies have shown this lidocaine-enhanced formula can last 18-months or longer with a proper skincare regime.
Juvederm Ultra can be used to treat a wide variety of facial cosmetic concerns including facial wrinkles and folds. Your Juvederm Ultra procedure can be done in-office in as little as 15-minutes. An ultra-fine needle and lidocaine are used to keep you as comfortable as possible. The long-lasting effects of this product won’t begin to wear off for 12-months or longer.
Juvederm Ultra Plus
Juvederm Ultra Plus is made of a fuller formula with less elasticity. Deep folds, wrinkles, and scars throughout the face can be reduced to upwards of 12-months or more. As with most Juvederm products, this filler is enhanced with lidocaine to minimize discomfort during the injection process.
Restylane Silk is a FDA-approved dermal filler that subtly corrects lines and wrinkles around the mouth. As we get older, collagen levels start to decline, which means exaggerated and repeated mouth movements start to form wrinkles and fine lines. Restylane Silk smooths out these wrinkles in a way that allows the mouth to continue its natural movements, all while looking younger and more rejuvenated.
Restylane Lyft is an FDA-approved dermal filler that’s used to augment cheek volume. As we get older, collagen, elastin, and skin elasticity starts to break down. This combined effect can create cheek sagging and volume loss in key facial areas. Restylane Lyft is an excellent solution for patients who may be experiencing volume loss and are looking to restore youthful volume in the cheeks, all while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
Restylane Refyne is an FDA-approved dermal filler that uses hyaluronic acid gel to smooth away the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines. These wrinkles often form as a result of exaggerated and repeated mouth movements, like talking, smiling, and laughing. Restylane Refyne is an excellent solution for patients who want to treat moderate- to- severe nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the nose, mouth, and chin.
Restylane Defyne is an FDA-approved dermal filler that uses a patented hyaluronic acid gel to smooth away the appearance of moderate-to-severe nasolabial folds and marionette lines. These wrinkles often form due to years of exaggerated and repeated movements of the mouth. Restylane Defyne is an excellent solution for patients who want to minimize the appearance of these lines without inhibiting normal mouth movements.
Revanesse Versa is an FDA-approved dermal filler that uses hyalouronic acid to treat facial wrinkles and creases. Versa is designed to address the nasolabial folds of the face. These wrinkles are often called “laugh lines” and form due to repeated smile-like movements of the mouth. Revanesse Versa can reduce the appearance of these lines without restricting the natural movement of your face.
Sculptra is a dermal filler that utilizes poly-L-lactic acid to replace lost collagen and volume in the body. Sculptra is suitable for the treatment of wrinkles, folds, and scars in various facial regions such as the cheek, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines. Sculptra injections are also used in other areas of the body to round out the hips, provide lift to the bottom, and add volume to the buttocks. This dermal filler can also address temple hollows and cheek depression while still allowing for natual movement of the face.
NovaThreads are made of polydioxanone (PDO), one of the safest materials that can be implanted in the body. PDO has been used for suturing in heart surgeries for decades. For the NovaThreads procedure, Dr. Harris inserts a thin needle pre-loaded with PDO suture into sub-surface skin tissue in the target area, then gently removes the needle leaving the thread in place. The body detects the threads as a “wound” and sets to work producing new collagen to heal the area around the thread. The result is new, firmer skin tissue.
Depending on each patient’s concerns and aesthetic goals, Dr. Harris can use NovaThreads in two ways:
- In a crisscross pattern that creates a mesh-like framework to support new collagen production.
- To literally lift loose skin and hold it in place while the body produces new tissue around the threads. These threads have tiny barbs.
The procedure takes 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated and the number of threads inserted. The suture material will be absorbed over 4 to 6 months, during which time the body continues its natural skin rebuilding process.
When Can I Expect to See Results?
You will see instant results from your NovaThreads lift. Results will continue to improve over the next several months as your skin continues to produce more new collagen. The look is very natural, since the procedure is designed to trigger the body’s own skin repair processes that work gradually to generate the changes you desire.
There is no scarring with this technique, and results typically last up to about 15 months. At that time you may wish to undergo another NovaThreads lift to maintain your more youthful appearance.
The NovaThreads procedure is not painful, but we use a topical numbing agent to ensure optimal comfort. Most patients have no pain and only minor bruising following the procedure. There is little to no downtime required.