On Friday May 18, 2018 Dr. Alex attended the Allergan Medical Illumination Tour at the Westin hotel in Pasadena, CA. This is an event held in numerous cities nation wide to teach doctors about the newest technology and techniques in the use of dermal fillers for facial rejuvenation. The speakers with plastic surgeon Dr. Arthur Swift of Montreal, Canada and oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Steve Fagien of Boca Raton, FL.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable products used to restore volume in the face. Botox and dermal fillers are two of the most commonly used products for facial rejuvenation. Dermal fillers can be used to fill lines and folds such as the laugh lines (or nasolabial folds), improve hollowing under the eyes, restore the youthful apple of the cheeks, straighten a nose with a hump, enhance a weak chin, rejuvenate the jawline, and restore volume in the temples.
The products covered in the Allergan Medical Illumination tour were the fillers in the Juvederm collection. These include Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus, the first ones available, as well as the newer products Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella. All of these products use a sugar found naturally in the skin called hyaluronic acid as the active ingredient. This brings water into the skin to restore volume and fill in wrinkles and folds. The newer products (Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella) use a new technology which allows you to enjoy your results longer than Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus. These products are also softer, which allows them to move when you make facial expressions, providing a natural appearance.
The theme of the talk was light and shadows. These are two important things to understand when thinking about beauty. Makeup artists think about light and shadow all the time. The reflection of the light to highlight certain areas of the face is very important for beauty. At the same time, shadows formed on the skin provide a three-dimensional appearance of a contoured face. Using these ideas, the products are placed strategically in certain areas to maximize the effects of light and shadows. This allows for outstanding results without the requirement for a large amount of product. For example, certain points on the cheek should have maximum projection and more product is place there. Additionally, understanding anatomy allows injectors to place the products at the appropriate depth for safety as well as ideal results.
Dr. Alex attends numerous educational events to learn about the newest advances in the field of cosmetic medicine. He uses this knowledge to provide the best care for his patients in order to exceed their expectations. Dr. Alex also educates patients by writing a weekly blog and answering thousands of questions on Real Self. He also wrote a book, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Botox.