For a Natural Lift and Restoration.
As we age, certain common changes occur in our facial appearance. Because of gravity and genetics, facial fat pads drop, and underlying structural volume diminishes. These aging effects may produce visible wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin, making us look tired and withdrawn.
Cosmetic dermal fillers are quickly becoming the go-to treatment to regain and maintain facial beauty. Most patients are seeking a non-invasive, no downtime procedure to address their aging concerns without impacting busy schedules. Fillers provide a non-surgical lift while boosting lost collagen, fill sunken voids, soften folds and wrinkles, and enhance your facial shape and outline.
The use of dermal fillers to restore a natural, rested, and rejuvenated appearance is Dr. Annie Chiu’s primary passion and celebrated area of expertise. Beyond simply “filling a wrinkle or line,” Dr. Chiu uses advanced, expert techniques to help the face reflect light, maintain proper balance, and bring overall facial harmony. The result is a softened, refreshed and more confident you, without the unnatural “done” look. Her subtle and natural approach is well known, quoted in media sources such as Elle Magazine.
What Can Fillers Address?
- Contouring the face to a more uplifted, heart shape
- Lift heavy appearing “jowls”
- Recontour or firm the jawline
- Smooth a sagging cheek
- Correcting deep smile lines around the mouth
- Making undereye circles smooth and less dark
- Addressing vertical lip lines or “smoker’s lines”
- Shape, plump, gloss and bring hydration to the lips
- Treat depressed acne scars
- Soften neck wrinkles
- Lift, straighten, or make the nose more narrow with a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
Restore the brighter, rested contours of a youthful face!
How Do Fillers for Facial Rejuvenation Compare with Facelifts?
Dermal fillers applied with expert technique can have a dramatic, yet natural effect in restoring the brighter, rested contours of a youthful face. Our patients are often surprised by how much fillers can do while still looking completely natural, without the downtime and risks of surgery. In fact, dermal fillers often have no downtime, especially with Dr. Chiu’s advanced Micro-Cannula approach.
What Dermal Fillers Can I Choose?
There are multiple fillers available on the market, some lasting over two years:
Juvederm fillers are among the world’s most popular fillers and are composed of a hyaluronic acid gel that has almost no risk of allergy and is considered very safe. Learn more
Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella are the newest and longest lasting dermal fillers on the market today, with duration of effects between 1-2 years! They come from the Juvederm family of hyaluronic acid (a natural sugar molecule) based fillers, but are uniquely cross-linked to provide a longer, smoother, and more natural appearance with reduced swelling and immediate results. Learn more
The Restylane family fillers have over 20 years of use and proven safety and are among the most popular dermal fillers used to replenish volume, contour the face, eliminate fine lines, and soften wrinkles and folds. All are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers composed of a naturally occurring sugar which provides support and fullness for beautiful, healthy skin. Learn more
Sculptra Aesthetic® is a unique “volumizer” and not just a dermal filler. This injectable cosmetic treatment is the celebrity aesthetic procedure which appears to keep aging at bay imperceptibly for years.
Sculptra offers an incredibly natural improvement not just in volume but skin quality as well. Sculptra is The Dermal Institute staff’s favorite treatment for skin rejuvenation. Dr. Chiu’s highly recognized expertise with Sculptra allows the most natural and gradual improvement compared to all the other injectables. Learn more
Radiesse® is made of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a gel vehicle that is biodegradable over time. Studies have shown this filler is truly “volumizing” in that it stimulates natural collagen production when injected into the skin. We use Radiesse injectable filler when there is a need to correct deeper lines in the nasolabial folds, create more lift through the cheeks, give structure to the jawline, fill in hollows like the temples, or to rejuvenate the hands. Learn more
Belotero Balance® is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler designed to smooth fine lines and mild wrinkles. It is a simple injection procedure to instantly enhance your facial contours and make the skin appear more radiant. It smoothly integrates with your collagen to modify wrinkles, volumize and enhance the youthful contours of the face. Learn more
The improvement and results are instantly seen!
Why Choose Dr. Chiu?
Dr. Chiu specializes in global facial volumnization, lift, and contour as the most natural way to soften the appearance of aging. She utilizes the latest combination of advanced techniques and products Dr. Chiu including Juvederm Voluma, Radiesse®, or Sculptra Aesthetic® to three-dimensionally sculpt a natural, more rested and glowing version of yourself.Request a Consultation
Dr. Annie Chiu has published and lectured on the latest filler techniques and acts as a national trainer to other injectors in using dermal fillers and other injectable treatments for rejuvenation. She will personally guide you on which filler or combination of fillers would give you the most optimal outcome. Whether you need limited dermal filler treatment over time, little droplets to subtly enhance, or a Liquid Lift, at The Derm Institute, you can trust in the safety, expertise, and artistry of Dr. Chiu’s eyes and hands.
Dr. Annie Chiu is an internationally recognized leading expert in non-invasive rejuvenation for the face, hands, neck, and chest. She is a training injector for multiple companies and applies her sense of beauty and knowledge of the aging skin for a natural, beautiful result.
Dermal Fillers Common Questions
There are topical numbing agents like lidocaine blended in most of the injectable fillers. We can also use a topical numbing cream, making your dermal fillers a more comfortable procedure. With the use of a microcannula, even delicate areas like fillers in the undereye area or lip filler have little or no pain. To have the ultimate tranquil experience, The Derm Institute is pleased to provide Pro-Nox Nitrous Oxide System for our patients to make your experience relaxed and stress-free.
Typically, dermal fillers provide an instant result! Some injectable fillers such as Sculptra do promote the body’s collagen synthesis and may take a few months to optimize.
Yes! Especially with advanced techniques such as the Micro-Cannula approach commonly used by Dr. Chiu, there is minimal risk of bruising and swelling. Redness in the areas treated can last a few hours on the first day. Tinted moisturizer or light cover-up can typically cover any minor redness. If slight bruising and swelling do occur, they typically last about two to five days.
How long results last depends on which injectable filler was used, and what area was treated, as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking and diet. On average, the duration of results range from 6 months to 2 years.
Rarely are patients not satisfied with their dermal filler outcome. However, at The Derm Institute, because Dr. Chiu is a renown expert in cosmetic injectable treatment, we sometimes need to help patients who come in to see us after a filler is injected poorly or too superficially by an outside clinic with inexperienced practitioners. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane and Juvederm can easily be corrected and dissolved in 24-48 hours, and your skin will return to baseline. Radiesse and Sculptra are not reversible, but we can help evaluate problematic cases and work with you to find the best solution.
Dermal fillers vary in cost from patient to patient, and a complete consultation is needed to determine the cost. Typically, dermal fillers with longer results will cost more than those with shorter duration but may give you more value over time. Typically, pricing starts at $750.
Gradually, your body will reabsorb the dermal filler, and your wrinkles and folds may slowly return to baseline. Injectable fillers do not cause wrinkles to increase with use. Recent studies show dermal fillers actually can promote new collagen by activating certain cells in the skin when injected.
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