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Ram Kalus, MD, FACS
Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas
578 Lone Tree Drive Suite 102
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: (843) 881-3881
Fax: (843) 881-3814
Injectable dermal fillers are different from BOTOX® injections, but offer even more ways of enhancing and rejuvenating your facial appearance. At Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas, Dr. Ram Kalus offers a variety of popular dermal fillers that can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Many of our treatments can not only fill in lines and wrinkles along the face, including deep creases and nasolabial folds (lines between the nose and mouth), but also add volume to your cheeks, and even camouflage the jowls. Lip augmentation can give your lips a more youthful, sensual appearance, but care must be taken to avoid an artificial and unnatural appearance. Injectable dermal filler procedures are minimally invasive and usually take less than 30 minutes to complete. Patients typically start seeing results before they even leave our office! The dermal fillers available at our practice include:
Another very popular hyaluronic acid injectable dermal fillers similar to Restylane is Juvéderm™, which adds volume to facial features such as the lips and cheeks, in addition to filling in lines and wrinkles and giving the face a smoother, more youthful appearance. Juvéderm™ requires no allergy testing. Using an ultra-thin needle, Dr. Kalus will inject Juvéderm™ into the areas of the face targeted for rejuvenation in a procedure that takes 15-20 minutes. Results from Juvéderm™ are typically immediately apparent, and will continue to improve in the days following treatment. The effects of Juvéderm™ often last from six to nine months, and can be maintained with occasional touch-up treatments.
Dr. Kalus also offers Juvederm Ultra XC which is formulated with lidocaine to improve the comfort of your treatment with the same long lasting results.
One of the longer acting fillers is Radiesse® which consists of calcium hydroxyapatite and has a microstructure similar to sea coral. The results from Radiesse® usually last about 18 months. This FDA-approved injectable dermal filler can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and depressed scars, rejuvenate nasolabial folds (creases between the nose and mouth), and add facial volume for those affected by hollowness in the cheeks (lipoatrophy). There is little risk of allergic reaction with Radiesse® because it is composed of a substance made from the same minerals found in human bones. The solution stimulates the production of human collagen, helping the skin to renew itself and increasing the chances of more long-lasting results. Radiesse® treatments usually last from 15 to 20 minutes and the effects are often immediately apparent. Radiesse® can improve a number of facial contour deficiencies and give you a more youthful appearance.
Restylane® is approved by the FDA and is known to have results lasting up to 6-12 months or even longer, depending on injection site. This dermal filler is very effective at filling in deep creases and wrinkles in the face, including those that occur between the nose and mouth. Restylane® is also used for lip augmentation, giving the lips a fuller, more sensual aesthetic. Made from hyaluronic acid, a natural human substance, Restylane® does not require allergy testing. Treatment with Restylane® typically takes 15-20 minutes to complete, and patients are often able to get back to their normal routines right after the procedure. Results from Restylane® usually last at least six months, and, in many cases, up to a year. Lip injections can be associated with swelling or bruising for a day or two.
Dr. Kalus also offers Restylane-L an injectable composed of hyaluronic acid with 0.3% lidocaine to reduce pain or discomfort after your injection.
Mild to severe wrinkles and facial folds can be smoothed out and rejuvenated with Perlane®, also consisting of a preparation of hyaluronic acid. One of the newer dermal fillers available, Perlane® can also reduce the appearance of scarring, and add volume to depressions in the face. There is no allergy testing required for Perlane® injections, and results typically last up to six to twelve months. Perlane® works by binding water molecules to maintain volume and renew the skin. The procedure usually takes 15-20 minutes to complete and the effects are immediately noticeable. The effects of Perlane® can be maintained with follow-up treatments.
Artefill® is an injectable dermal filler designed to produce near-permanent skin rejuvenation results. This unique treatment is FDA-approved and can be an excellent option for filling in folds and wrinkles on the face, as well as smoothing out smile lines between the nose and mouth. Composed of poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres, Artefill® works by stimulating new collagen production in your skin that can not only help to achieve significant cosmetic enhancement, but can also help to maintain optimal results over an extended period of time. In order to determine if Artefill® is right for you, Dr. Kalus will need to perform a skin test one month before your treatment to detect any allergic reactions that may occur and ensure the safest, most effective outcome possible.
The recovery process from treatment with injectables is typically mild and quick. Patients can expect a small degree of bruising, swelling, and/or redness after the procedure; however this should fade quickly. Aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, high-dose vitamin E supplements, and St. John’s Wort should be avoided before treatment because they may cause increased bruising and bleeding. Dr. Ram Kalus will explain all the risks and benefits to you during an initial consultation, and provide you with detailed instructions for your recovery.
All of our injectable cosmetic enhancements are administered by Dr. Kalus personally.
If you would like to schedule a consultation for quick, effective facial enhancement without the need to undergo more extensive or invasive procedures, please contact Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas.
Dr. Kalus often has patients travel from nearby cities to seek his expertise and personalized care in plastic surgery. For your convenience, we have provided driving directions from the following locations.