4 Benefits of Juvéderm’s Newest Innovation, Skinvive

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In the ever-evolving world of cosmetic dermatology, advancements provide innovative ways to enhance our natural beauty and restore youthful radiance. Juvéderm, a household name in the realm of dermal fillers, has again taken a pioneering step by introducing Skinvive, microinjections designed to transform skin rejuvenation.

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu wants to introduce you to the fascinating world of Skinvive, exploring what it is, how it works, and why it’s gaining rapid popularity among people seeking to improve their skin texture and overall appearance.

What Is Skinvive?

Skinvive is a revolutionary microinjectable version of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar molecule that keeps our skin hydrated and healthy. Skinvive by Juvederm gives the skin a firmer, smoother, and more hydrated appearance.  An injectable moisturizer that lasts 6-9 months! This unique product has gained attention for its ability to rehydrate the skin, improving quality and appearance. Skinvive can be used successfully in any skin type and can benefit the vast majority of our patients.   

Unlike traditional dermal fillers that focus on restoring volume, Skinvive’s formulation boosts hydration, elasticity, and overall smoothness. It’s a perfect choice for anyone seeking a natural-looking result and just more luminous, radiant skin with next to zero downtime!

How Does Skinvive Work?

Skinvive’s active ingredient is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that maintains moisture, suppleness, and firmness. Starting in our 30s, the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid levels decrease, leading to the development of fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of overall skin quality.

Skinvive works by replenishing the lost HA, effectively hydrating and revitalizing the skin from within. The treatment involves a series of tiny micro-injections into target areas like your face, neck, décolleté, and hands. These injections deposit the HA gel beneath the skin’s surface, where it works its magic over time.

Skinvive Benefits

If you want to enhance your skin from within, Skinvive offers numerous benefits.

1. Improved Skin Texture

Skinvive has a remarkable ability to enhance skin texture. This treatment addresses various concerns that can affect your complexion’s smoothness and overall quality.

  • Fewer lines and wrinkles: Injecting Skinvive’s hyaluronic acid gel beneath your skin’s surface replenishes lost moisture and stimulates collagen production. This process gradually smooths fine lines and wrinkles, leading to a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
  • Enhanced skin smoothness: Skinvive’s hydration is particularly beneficial for people with uneven skin tone, rough patches, or acne scars, as it can help minimize these imperfections.
  • Soften acne scarring: Skinvive gives a slight plumping effect on skin that has mild acne scarring to reveal a smoother more even texture.
  • Increased elasticity: Skinvive’s hydration and collagen-stimulating effects contribute to improved skin elasticity. Your skin can bounce back more readily, reducing laxity and sagging.

2. Enhanced Hydration

Hydration is the cornerstone of healthy, youthful-looking skin, and here’s where Skinvive excels. Hyaluronic acid, the primary component of Skinvive, can retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water.

  • Deep and long-lasting hydration: Hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet, attracting and locking it in. This deep and long-lasting hydration revitalizes the skin’s appearance, making it look plump, supple, and radiant.
  • Dryness and dehydration relief: If you struggle with dry skin, Skinvive can be a game-changer. It replenishes moisture levels, alleviating discomfort, flakiness, and tightness.
  • Improved skin barrier function: Adequate hydration supports the skin’s natural barrier, shielding it from external threats like pollution and UV radiation and leading to a healthier and more resilient complexion.

3. Outstanding Results

Skinvive stands out for its ability to provide a subtle-looking improvement. Unlike other injectables designed to volumize, Skinvive prioritizes enhancing skin quality without altering your appearance. This gentle touch-up is an excellent choice for maintaining your natural beauty.

Whether you want to target a specific area of concern or achieve an overall improvement in skin quality, Dr. Chiu can tailor Skinvive treatments to meet your needs and goals. With Skinvive, there is a minimal risk of overcorrection or an artificial appearance. The focus on hydration and skin quality ensures results blend seamlessly with your features.

4. Versatility

Another significant advantage of Skinvive is its versatility. It can improve various areas of your body, including your face, neck, hands, décolleté and anywhere on the body. This flexibility allows you to address multiple concerns in one treatment, making Skinvive a comprehensive and convenient solution. You can achieve a harmonious and youthful appearance across your face and body.

Whether you’re looking to smooth fine lines, boost skin hydration, or achieve a natural-looking rejuvenation, Skinvive can help you attain your skin care goals with minimal downtime and impressive, long-lasting results.

Get Glowing Skin With Skinvive

If you’re considering Skinvive as a treatment option, remember that choosing a qualified provider is the secret to a successful outcome as best results come with customization. With the guidance of board-certified Dr. Chiu in Redondo Beach, you can unlock Skinvive’s full potential and enjoy the benefits of revitalized, radiant skin. Dr. Chiu was a clinical investigator in the studies to earn Skinvive FDA approval in the United States.

Named a “Skin Genius” by Elle Magazine, Dr. Chiu specializes in results-driven skin care and cutting-edge procedures. A Stanford Medical School graduate, Dr. Chiu has earned national recognition and renown as a master injector and instructor of aesthetic clinicians. She takes an artistic and comprehensive approach to skin health. Using multiple techniques including Botox, fillers, chemical peels, the latest lasers, skin tightening, body contouring treatments including CoolSculpting, and tailored cosmeceuticals, Dr. Chiu believes everyone deserves to look their best and feel confident.

Schedule your consultation today by calling (310) 939-9800 or reaching out online.

5 Benefits of Brightening Your Undereyes with Restylane Eyelight

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Are your under eyes plagued by dark circles, bagginess, and fine lines that betray your age or make you appear perpetually tired? Through the expert hands of Dr. Annie Chiu and her skilled team at The Derm Institute, you can unlock many benefits beyond conventional cosmetic procedures.

Restylane Eyelight is a filler that can help address some of these common concerns. The hyaluronic acid-based gel filler is injected beneath the skin to address the volume loss and shadows that contribute to dark circles. As the filler integrates into the skin, it adds subtle volume and triggers collagen production, a critical factor in maintaining youthful skin. This dual-action approach ensures not only immediate improvement but also long-term rejuvenation.

What Is Restylane Eyelight?

Restylane Eyelight is a cutting-edge solution for brightening the under eyes, offering benefits ranging from diminishing dark circles to replacing lost volume. With its non-invasive nature and long-lasting results, this treatment is a game-changer for those seeking to rejuvenate their appearance without surgery.

Unlike other dermal fillers, Restylane Eyelight is carefully crafted to target the specific issues that commonly affect the undereye region, making it a highly effective and specialized option.

One of the distinguishing features of Restylane Eyelight is its unique composition, which includes hyaluronic acid and carefully selected ingredients that target pigmentation concerns. By explicitly addressing the pigmentation that contributes to dark circles, Restylane Eyelight achieves a dual-action effect that adds volume and reduces discoloration. This combination produces a brighter, smoother undereye area that radiates a youthful glow.

Below, Dr. Chiu explores five remarkable benefits of using Restylane Eyelight for brightening your under eyes and how The Derm Institute helps its patients achieve a refreshed and youthful appearance.

1. Diminishes Dark Circles

Dark circles are a common concern stemming from genetics, lack of sleep, and age-related skin thinning. Restylane Eyelight is a specialized dermal filler formulated to address these issues. The treatment involves injecting a hyaluronic acid-based filler under the skin, which adds volume to the area resulting in a visibly brighter, less shadowed, and more smooth undereye area.

2. Reduces Puffiness

Puffy under eyes can make you appear tired and older than you are. Restylane Eyelight contains a unique blend of hyaluronic acid and other skin-loving ingredients that work to hydrate and plump the skin, reducing the appearance of puffiness. The treatment provides a refreshed and more awake look by targeting the underlying causes of puffiness, such as fluid retention and weakened skin structure.

3. Smooths Fine Lines

As we age, the delicate skin around the eyes becomes more prone to fine lines and wrinkles due to decreased collagen production and repetitive facial expressions. Restylane Eyelight not only adds volume to hollow areas but helps to smooth fine lines and restore a smoother, more radiant appearance to the undereye region.

4. Quick and Non-Invasive

One of the significant advantages of Restylane Eyelight treatment is its non-invasive nature. Unlike surgical procedures, this treatment requires no downtime, allowing you to immediately return to most daily activities. The process typically takes around 15 to 30 minutes, making it a convenient option for individuals with busy lifestyles.

5. Long-Lasting Results

Restylane Eyelight offers long-lasting results, extending for up to a year or more. This benefit allows you to enjoy your brighter and more youthful undereye area without the hassle of frequent touch-up appointments. The gradual breakdown of the hyaluronic acid filler allows for a natural fade, ensuring the transformation remains subtle and beautiful.

Discover a Brighter You at The Derm Institute with Dr. Annie Chiu

If you’re ready to experience the transformative benefits of Restylane Eyelight for yourself, look no further than The Derm Institute, led by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu. With a wealth of experience and dedication to providing personalized care, Dr. Chiu and her team will help you achieve your aesthetic goals in a safe and comfortable environment.

Dr. Chiu’s expertise ensures you receive a tailored approach that delivers the most natural-looking and beautiful results possible. Whether you’re looking to diminish dark circles, reduce puffiness, smooth fine lines, or all of the above, Restylane Eyelight at The Derm Institute can provide the solution you’ve been searching for.

Your journey to a revitalized undereye area and renewed confidence starts here. Book your consultation today and embark on the path to radiance and beauty.

Meet Volux, Juvéderm’s Newest Filler for Sculpting the Perfect Jawline

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The jawline is a critical facial feature for attractiveness and beauty, and many people desire improved definition in this area. With age, your face loses volume and descends over time with gravity, resulting in jowls that soften the distinction between your jaw and neck. Though skillful makeup application can help in the short term, these hide the problem instead of solving it.

If you want to look your best but struggle with a weaker, smaller chin, droopy jowls, or a less defined than desired jawline either due to age or genetics, Dr. Annie Chiu of The Derm Institute is proud to offer Juvéderm Volux for lower face contouring, including the chin and jawline. Here’s what you need to know about this advanced dermal filler.

Volux for a Defined Jawline

The Derm Institute now offers Juvéderm Volux, an FDA-approved, hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler, to enhance jawline definition and the contours of the lower face.

  • Long lasting results
  • Defined youthful appearance
  • Natural looking results
  • Safe and Effective

Allergan, the makers of Juvéderm, designed Volux to deliver a natural definition to areas like the angle of the jaw, jowls, jawline, and chin. Dr. Chiu can partner with you to create a more defined and youthful lower face. The hyaluronic acid-based filler Volux is a next-generation dermal filler that is designed to give a natural, revitalized lift to the chin and jawline without the telltale signs of artificial filler.  Using advanced injection techniques, Dr. Chiu can use Juvederm Volux to enhance the contours of the lower face, diminishing the appearance of jowls, and create a more chiseled, or heart-shaped face depending on the need. 

Clinical trials showed a high satisfaction level for Volux, with improvements lasting well over a year. Balancing the jawline and chin with an injectable like Volux optimizes facial appearance and improves symmetry.

Potential areas Volux can address include:

  • Visible signs of lower facial aging
  • Jowls
  • A weak or ill-defined jawline
  • A deeply cleft chin, a small chin, or a retracted chin

The choice of fillers for facial rejuvenation is important for optimal results. But choosing who performs the injections is the most critical, which we’ll explain below.

Is Volux the Same as Voluma?

While Dr. Chiu utilizes all current FDA-approved fillers available in the United States, fillers like Restylane Lyft and Juvéderm Voluma create facial symmetry, while Juvéderm Volux is differentiated as a hyaluronic acid filler in that it contains a thicker, more cohesive and robust formula. The durable quality of Juvederm Volux is ideal to enhance jawline definition, lift the jowls, and balance the chin with natural-appearing results like other hyaluronic acid fillers that last up to 18 months. Through cohesive formulas designed with poly-L-lactic acid are appropriate to enhance jawline definition, most patients prefer hyaluronic acid fillers for natural results that last up to 18 months. Therefore, Juvéderm’s Volux can fill the non-surgical gap for jawline improvement.

Like our other Juvéderm injectable products, Volux is a hyaluronic acid filler to address lost facial volume and revitalize treated areas.  On the lower face, the Volux consistency imitates more closely bone and is more proficient in lifting tissues along the lower face including the chin and jawline.

Is Volux FDA-Approved?

On Aug. 3, 2022, Allergan announced the FDA approval of Juvéderm Volux for adults over 21 with moderate to severe jawline volume loss as studied in clinical trials. Lower face volume loss transcends race, gender, ethnicity, and age. Because so many people struggle with this aesthetic issue due to genetics or soft tissue loss, Dr. Chiu is excited to introduce them to Volux to improve chin profiles, jawline definition and eliminate saggy jowls.

Is Volux Available in the U.S.?

Juvéderm’s Volux for jawline contouring is now available with Annie Chiu, MD at The Derm Institute.  Contact us if you are interested! Volux’s FDA approval represents the most significant leap in innovation for Juvéderm’s hyaluronic acid fillers since it introduced Voluma. It complements our product line at The Derm Institute, offering more structure and lift capacity to enhance your jawline contour for first-time impressions or social media posts. This product has high satisfaction in men and women alike.

How Long Will Volux Last?

Juvéderm Volux is Allergan’s longest-lasting hyaluronic acid dermal filler. Clinical studies have shown a duration of up to two years. The length of dermal filler benefits ultimately depends on how quickly your body breaks down the product, which varies from patient to patient. As with all hyaluronic acid fillers, you can have Volux dissolved by using the hyaluronidase enzyme if you are dissatisfied with your results.

What should I expect after my Juvederm Volux Treatment?

You may experience some minor swelling and redness at the injection site.  This is normal and should resolve over a few days. 

If you wish to minimize bruising, please follow our Pre-Filler Directions detailing what medication to avoid to decrease your risk of bruising. 

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Can You Combine Volux With Other Injectables?

For comprehensive facial rejuvenation, Dr. Chiu offers the patented TDI Effortless Lift. This non-surgical treatment includes fillers in facial areas and injectable neuromodulators like Botox. Dr. Chiu will sculpt, lift, and volumize facial contours by taking advantage of each product’s slightly different enhancements and using a layering effect. This process is the best approach for total facial rejuvenation, as it doesn’t focus on one problem area but your face as a whole.

The application of various non-invasive treatments, combined with Dr. Chiu’s expertise, sets The Derm Institute apart. She uses no shortcuts, inappropriate dilutions, or discounted supplies. Dr. Chiu and her team prioritize providing safe, expert, and artistic facial rejuvenation.

Juvéderm Volux at The Derm Institute

We unconsciously associate facial symmetry with health and beauty. For most patients, Juvéderm Volux can provide a stronger, more defined chin and jawline without surgery, liposuction, or implants.

If you’re looking for a quick and convenient treatment to reshape your jawline, eliminate jowls, and enhance your weak chin with long-lasting outcomes, reach out to us to schedule a personal consultation. Juvéderm Volux is the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler designed to lift, define, and contour the jaw and chin area.

What’s New in Anti-Aging? Hello Jeuveau!

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There is a new wrinkle relaxer set to launch this Spring from Evolus, and like most new injectable treatments that become available, The Derm Institute will be one of the first clinics in the country to launch the product, and we are here to share the 411 on this new “botox-like” product.  If you want to be one of the first to experience this Botox-like “newtox” to reduce wrinkles, contact us today to get on our waiting list for launch specials!

Let’s review the basics.

What are neuromodulators?

Neuromodulators are a family of non-invasive injectable treatments made of proteins that are designed to soften the appearance of wrinkles and lines that are created by repeated expressions.  The most well-known of this group is Botox, but includes other treatments like Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau.  These treatments relax and treat wrinkles by softening the hyperactive muscles that cause them to appear. It is a simple quick 5 minute treatment with zero down time and incredibly high patient satisfaction rates!

What is Jeuveau?

Jeuveau is the brand new wrinkle-relaxing protein comparable to Botox that will be launching this May 2019.  This exciting new injectable neuromodulator will treat things like the frown lines (aka the “11s” between the brows), crow’s feet, and horizontal forehead lines.  The US currently has four neuromodulators which are essentially the same “active” ingredient housed in slightly different proteins:  Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and now Jeuveau.

What is the difference between Botox and Jeuveau?

Jeuveau and Botox are both wrinkle relaxers that work via the exact same mechanism, just made by different manufacturers.  We like to make the comparison of it being “coke and pepsi”.  They are extremely similar in safety, effectiveness, and duration of effect.  Some of our patients may find they prefer one over the other based on personal experience, so we encourage our patients to try both at some point!  There are nuanced differences in all of the neuromodulators available—discuss with our team and Dr. Chiu to find the best option for you!

Who is Evolus?

Evolus is the home company for Jeuveau based in Southern California. They are the first company in close to a decade that has entered the ever-growing U.S. aesthetic injectable market. Evolus aims to bring a fresh perspective to physician delivered anti-aging treatments and an approachable new focus on performance-based beauty.   Their goal is to deliver breakthrough products for the aesthetic market. They are launching the first ever neuromodulator that is solely dedicated to aesthetic treatments, Jeuveau.

What’s to come in the future of the injectable market?

Thankfully the medical beauty industry is ever growing and innovating.  In the next few years we expect a longer-lasting botox like product on the market, as well as a fast acting (onset in 1 day) neuromodulator to be approved.  If you are interested in trying the latest, contact us and we can put you on our introductory list!


Which Juvederm Fillers are Right for You?

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The Juvéderm family includes some of the most popular dermal fillers on the market, and our patients cannot get enough. The cosmetic injectables made of hyaluronic acid can restore lost volume in several areas of the face, including the lips and the cheeks. Read our infographic below to find out if Voluma, Vollure or Volbella is right for you.

If you’re interested in Juvederm, contact us today.

5 Interesting Facts About Cosmetic Injectables

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Cosmetic injectables are becoming more and more popular as the years go on. Fillers are a great non-invasive treatment for patients seeking to restore volume and a rejuvenated appearance. Check out the below infographic which includes five interesting facts about cosmetic injectables.

Restore your natural rested, rejuvenated appearance today! Dr. Annie Chiu is a national trainer for dermal fillers and offers a range of injectables at her Manhattan Beach practice.

Contact The Derm Institute team to schedule your cosmetic injectable consultation.

3 Unexpected Uses for Botox

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Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures currently on the market. Its non-invasive, long-lasting solution that requires no downtime makes the procedure appeal to men and women alike. Most commonly known for treating dynamic facial wrinkles, Botox can also be used for a variety of concerns. Dr. Annie Chiu created the below infographic on three unexpected uses for Botox:

  1. Nose – Lift a drooping nose tip.
  2. Smile – Treat a smile that shows too much gum.
  3. Sweat – Help reduce excessive sweating.

If you’re interested in seeing how Botox can help you, schedule a consultation with The Derm Institute today!

Introducing Vollure . . . your newest Filler BFF, lasting 18 months or more.

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Dr. Chiu and The Derm Institute are excited to announce the (early) availability of the newest filler approved in the United States—Juvederm Vollure.

Juvederm Vollure, from the makers of Botox, provides long lasting correction of wrinkles, folds, and shadows to help you achieve a more confident, rejuvenated you!

Among the longest lasting fillers currently on market, clinical studies show Vollure is a filler that lasts for 18 months, with most patients seeing improvement for even longer.

To help you get to know your newest Filler BFF, here are some quick facts:

  1. Juvederm Vollure is FDA approved for the correction of —
  • Smile lines (parenthesis lines)
  • Laugh lines
  • Vertical lip lines (aka “smoker’s lines”)
  • Folds around the chin area (aka “marionette lines”)
  1. Vollure can also be used to —
  • Correct undereye circles or hollows
  • Provide volume or enhancement for the lip
  • Contour the forehead
  • Lift the brows
  • Provide soft lift to the cheeks
  • Correct various shadows, hollows, and wrinkles on the face

  1. Vollure is part of the hyaluronic acid Juvederm Vycross family of products, which also includes Voluma and Volbella. Vycross is a crosslinking characteristic of this hyaluronic acid based filler which gives these fillers a longer last.
  1. Studies showed > 50% of patients had improvement of their smile lines even 18 months after initial treatment with Vollure.  Juvederm Vollure is formulated with lidocaine, making the treatment comfortable.
  1. Vollure is a smooth, soft, spreadable gel that helps chase away wrinkles, folds and shadows to give you a softly natural refreshed appearance. The gel causes less swelling than traditional hyaluronic acid fillers, making downtime minimal to none.
  1. Vollure’s main differentiating characteristic is that it is a softer fill compared to other fillers on the market, making it versatile and natural looking, while providing a long lasting result that delivers more value for patients.

Dr. Chiu is proud to be a renown filler expert and national trainer for Vollure, educating other injectors nationwide on ways to achieve the best outcomes with this and other fillers on the market.  The Derm Institute is excited to help you put your most confident face forward.  Juvederm Vollure allows a softer, more natural correction, that makes you look just slightly airbrushed all over—just in time for your selfies . . .

If you want to experience newly available Juvederm Vollure and start your journey towards fresh faced beauty, call us for a consultation today.

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Needle-less Micro-Cannula Injections

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Did you know you can have filler procedures done in a way to minimize discomfort, risk of bruising, decrease swelling, and avoid multiple needle sticks? Sounds too good to be true? Actually, Dr. Annie Chiu specializes in this advanced technique called Micro-Cannula injection for fillers so most patients have ZERO downtime and discomfort!

If the fear of needles has been holding you back from cosmetic procedures, be assured Dr. Chiu is an expert in this “needless” technique.

What is a Micro-Cannula?
Microcannulas are an alternative to needles when administering fillers. Needles are sharp, which leads to discomfort, and a higher risk of bruising such as the sharp end can injure blood vessels (which leads to bruises). Conversely Microcannulas are thin flexible tubes with smooth rounded tips that push vessels and nerves out of the way when under the skin—leading to much less trauma, swelling, and risk of bruising.

Benefits of Micro-Cannula technique include:

  •  Minimal to no discomfort
  • Less risk to no bruising
  • Decreased tissue trauma
  • Less pain
  • Less swelling

Common areas for Micro-Cannula use include:

  • Fillers for undereye circles, or undereye hollowing
  • Lip fillers
  •  Jawline
  • Hands
  • Smile lines or nasolabial folds
  • Advanced brow and forehead contouring

As always, the Microcannula is a tool all injectors can opt to use, but know that it takes a lot of experience and technique to master delivery of filler in this method in the correct planes of the face. In Dr. Chiu’s hands, you can trust you are being treated by an incredibly talented expert in Microcannula technique.

If you are interested in learning more, contact our office today!

Common Questions:

Really? Absolutely no bruising or pain?
Microcannulas allow much less entry points through the skin where you feel needle “pricks”. Most of what is felt is a bit of pressure, so yes, it is a lot less painful. The risk of bruising is greatly diminished, and most of our patients get no bruising. However, it is still possible to have some minimal bruising, especially if you are on certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or fish oil.

Can all injectables be done with a Microcannula?
Most hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm , Volbella, Restylane, as well as Radiesse can be administered with a Microcannula. Dr. Chiu guides our patients in where it is most appropriate and gives the best results.

Getting the Perfect Pout for Valentine’s Day ♥

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and now is the best time to make your lips look completely kissable!  A study from the University of Southern California found that men actually spend more time looking at the mouth than any other facial feature of a woman.
Thankfully there is a simple way to get your lips looking luscious, natural, and sexy. Here at The Derm Institute, we offer lip filler treatments that can give your lips a glossy, “just kissed™” look.

What are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers, like  Belotero, Juvederm, Restylane, Restylane Silk, and Volbella, are injectable treatments that are comprised of cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid that smooth, plump, and hydrate the lips for a natural appealing pillowy pout. Dr. Chiu specializes in natural glossy TDI “Just Kissed Lips™”…never duck or trout like. It will be our secret!

Lip rejuvenation with lip fillers does not always only involve injecting the lip directly. Total lip rejuvenation is often achieved with injections in the lip for volumization, and additional treatment to the fine lines around the mouth. These lines are often referred to as “smoker’s lines”.

Lip filler treatments usually last between 9-12 months and are naturally absorbed by the body. Repeated treatments at recommended treatment intervals can actually improve the duration of your filler.

Why get lip fillers?

  • To make vertical lip “smoker’s lines” or “lipstick lines” disappear
  • To give crinkly lips a glossed appearance so they look dewy
  • To better define the cupid’s bow, or M portion of the lip
  • Define the lip borders
  • Upturn the corners of a downturned mouth

How to get your ideal lips

The best lips have to have great shape. Great shape and definition is achieved by one main factor, your expert injector. Dr. Annie Chiu is a nationally renowned master injector, who is well recognized for specializing in natural, plumped, gorgeous heart shaped lips. Just ask our staff, everyone’s lips have been treated by Dr. Chiu. Also, Dr. Chiu is has perfected her TDI “ Lip Glossing” technique with lip fillers. This is to get that “just kissed™” look. Where the lip is slightly plumped with a glossy appearance. All looking completely natural, with just a hint of desire.

What you NEED to Know about Lip fillers

    • 10 Days before treatment avoid pain medications, fish oil, aspirin, vitamin E. These tend to make the blood thin and cause increase your risk of bruising and swelling.
    • There is practically ZERO downtime.
    • Chiu specialize in a bruise free, no touch minimal discomfort lip injection technique with a microcannula.
    • Don’t expect Angelina or Kylie lips. Trust that Dr. Chiu will decide what is best to beautifully frame your face. You can expect to increase the size of your lips gradually over time with treatments, not all at once, for the best natural looking results.

Cherish your lips, just like you cherish you skin! Let The Derm Institute help get you simply irresistibly kissable lips this Valentine’s Day. Call us today to reserve your spot and feel sexy all year long. #justkissed™

Intrigued by more kissable luscious lips?  Check out our Valentine’s Special!


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Kybella | Non-Surgical Treatment For Double Chin

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Kybella is an FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment for submental fat, also known as “double chin”. Dr. Chiu created this helpful infographic that includes facts on Kybella, such as the cause of submental fullness, who it affects, treatment times, and results. For more information on Kybella, or to schedule a consultation, contact The Derm Institute.

  • Americans spent more than $13.5 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2015.
  • 42% was spent on non-surgical procedures.
  • Injectables overall saw a 21% increase in 2015.
  • Kybella is the very 1st FDA-approved injectable treatment for submental fat.
  • 6.6 million injectables treatments were performed in 2015.
  • 67% of people surveyed by the ASDS said they were bothered by “double chin”.
  • Causes of submental fullness include aging, genetics, and weight gain.
  • “Double chin” affects both men and women.
  • 90% of injectable treatments were performed on women in 2015.
  • Kybella has an 87% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.
  • You can expect results after 2-4 treatments that last 15-20 minutes each and are spaced 1 month apart.


Redefyning What “Natural” Means with Newly Approved Next Generation Fillers

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2017 welcomes two new sugar-molecule Hyaluronic Acid based fillers to the market:  Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne.

The Restylane family of fillers have been on the market with proven safety and reliability for over 20 years.  With more and more fillers available to choose from, the dermatologist’s ability to treat patients in a more customized fashion gets better and better.  As usual, because Dr. Chiu is a trainer and renowned expert in injectable fillers—she is among the first doctors in the country to be able to introduce these next generation flexible movement fillers to her patients at The Derm Institute.

Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are soft, flexible, natural appearing fillers that are not rigid or stiff and thus integrate naturally with you, your expressions, and your confidence.  There’s no doubt the thought of fillers often conjure up images of overfilled, unnatural, ‘real-housewives’ of insert city of your choosing.  The good news is—when proportional, natural, balanced rejuvenation is done with an injectable filler expert like Dr. Chiu—no one will know.  These next generation fillers that are more flexible and dynamic and move with your own natural expressions only makes soft, unnoticeable rejuvenation that could not be further from the fears of the frozen, overfilled, alien-looking appearance everyone worries about.

Because of their smooth gel characteristic and unique flexibility—Restylane Refyne and Defyne are great first time fillers as well as those who have had fillers in the past but need a little boost in areas with more movement.

Common areas to use Refyne and Defyne:

  • Undereye circles and hollows. Smooth consistency, less likelihood of movement, and less swelling make Refyne a great new choice for a common complaint.
  • Radiating smile lines of the cheeks. Everyone loves a great smile, but those accordion like lines that bunch up the cheeks can be pesky to treat.  Given the natural integration with movement of Refyne and Defyne, we can soften these lines and still have it look natural.image2image3
  • Laugh Lines (Nasolabial folds and marionette lines). Folds around the mouth are influenced by a lot of movement with talking, eating, smiling.  Defyne can help soften these movements and deep folds while staying in place for up to a year.
  • Hollowing or Dimpling of the mid cheek. Over time, when we make expressions like laughing or smiling, hollows around the mid cheek look more prominent.  Giving a hollowed tired appearance.  Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne can soften these areas whether you are smiling or not.

Refyne and Defyne are line extensions of the existing Restylane hyaluronic acid family of fillers using unique XpresHAn Crosslinking technology. This technology allows a more flexible, natural appearing filler that moves with your expressions but doesn’t migrate from the area it was placed.

When fillers are used naturally—it is corrective:  meaning we are replacing lost fat pads and bone structure that occurs with time.  It isn’t about giving you cheeks you never had.  It’s about returning that softness that is associated with youth.  Having products like Restylane Refyne and Defyne allows us to further follow the trend towards natural appearing rejuvenation.  Studies have shown fillers when placed into areas that create wrinkles over time with repeated expression—such as the smokers lines or smile lines, they can actually stimulate the existing fibroblast to produce more collagen.  Making them truly preventative as well.

Like all hyaluronic acid fillers, including Juvederm and Voluma results can be reversed easily—but once you see how soft and natural you look— your worries about looking “done” will dissolve away. . .

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3 Ways to Debut a New You in the New Year

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Start the New Year off right and try some of our most popular minimally invasive procedures to debut a new, more confident you. With procedures like the Clear + Brilliant laser, natural fillers, and body contouring, you will be looking your best in 2017.

Clear + Brilliant Laser

The Clear + Brilliant Laser is a gentle laser treatment that fights against signs of aging and discoloration to reveal smoother, glowing skin. Clear + Brilliant Laser has an 87% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

New + Natural Fillers

New and natural fillers can be exclusively customized to fit your indiviudal needs, including Juvederm Volbella, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne. Juvederm Volbella has an 86% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

Fire + Ice Body Contouring

This treatment combines the fat eliminating heat energy of Vanquish ME and the fat freezing technology of CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting has an 83% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

For more information on these procedures, or to schedule a consultation, please contact The Derm Institute.

New Year, New You

Volbella | The Perfect Pout

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The Derm Institute is proud to be offering the newest FDA-approved filler, Volbella. Vobella comes from the makers of Botox and is made of cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid. It’s an ideal filler for lines around the mouth and natural lip rejuvenation.

Dr. Chiu has created this helpful infographic to help her patients understand what Volbella is and how it works. If you would like to learn more or if you have any questions about Volbella, please contact The Derm Institute to schedule your consultation.


Introducing the Newest Filler on the Block: Juvederm Volbella

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Frequently Asked Questions…

1. When is Volbella available?

Now!  Juvederm Volbella is now FDA-Approved and available early at The Derm Institute.  As an Allergan Medical Facial Aesthetic Speaker Trainer, Dr. Annie Chiu is among the first physicians to be offering this fine line lip filler in the United States.   As a premier injectable expert in the Southbay, Dr. Chiu also had advanced training in Volbella.

2. What is Juvederm Volbella used for?

image1Volbella is a “fine line” hyaluronic acid filler used to soften small etched lines, especially around the mouth.  It is not meant to give “big” or “full” lips, it is for the most subtle of lip enhancements or to attack pesky vertical lip lines that are aging in appearance.

  • To make vertical lip “smoker’s lines” or “lipstick lines” disappear
  • To give crinkly lips a glossed appearance so they look rehydrated
  • To better define the cupid’s bow, or M portion of the lip
  • Define the lip borders
  • Upturn the corners of a downturning mouth

3. Where else can Volbella be used?

Volbella is a durable, extra smooth gel that can be used for any fine, etched line or a thin-skinned area that needs softening of hollows.  Examples include:

  • Undereye hollows
  • Etched horizontal forehead lines
  • Etched crow’s feet
  • Deep etched frown lines that do not completely improve with Botox

4. What makes Volbella different?

Volbella is in the Juvederm Voluma  family.  The special VYCROSS technique allows this injectable filler to be administered with virtually no swelling or downtime while still giving long lasting duration.  The ultra smooth gel also allows it to be completely natural looking.

volbella before and after


5. How long does Volbella filler last?

Volbella typically lasts about 1 year in duration.

6. Does it hurt?

Volbella is pre-mixed with anesthetic, and we always use topical numbing to ensure a comfortable experience for our patients at The Derm Institute.

7. Is there downtime?

Volbella filler for the lip, etched lines, or undereye is unique in its formulation in that there is virtually no swelling or bruising, making this a true lunch time procedure.

Come experience Juvederm Volbella today by contacting our clinic and get a little magic courtesy of Dr. Annie Chiu

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