The use of non-surgical techniques to maintain and restore a youthful, slim look has been one of the most rapidly expanding areas in plastic surgery over the past decade. There are now more options than ever before, with more on the way every year. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Rockmore offers various types of injectables and fillers in Albany, NY to help women and men look more youthful, yet natural, without surgery or its associated recovery time. They range from KYBELLA™ to minimize the appearance of a double chin to volumizers such as JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC to plump up the cheeks.
Dr. Rockmore approaches each procedure with precision and artistic vision to reveal each patient's unique beauty. To get started, request a free consultation using his online form or call his office at (518) 438-0505.
Before & After Photos
Photos courtesy of Allergan®
What Are Injectables?
The number of injectable treatments and their potential uses have greatly expanded, which can be confusing for people who just know that they want to look younger. Fillers are different from BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments, which are used to smooth out wrinkles caused by the contractions of facial muscles. The first commonly used filler was collagen, which worked well but didn't last long and required allergy testing before use. Collagen has largely been replaced by the newer injectable fillers, which can be divided into 2 groups: soft-tissue fillers and volumizers.
Dr. Rockmore also offers a special injectable treatment called KYBELLA, which is different from soft-tissue fillers and volumizers. It dissolves fat below the chin. Learn more.
Soft-tissue fillers are used to treat individual wrinkles, folds, and creases. If you think of a wrinkle as a valley, a soft-tissue filler raises the floor of the valley to make the wrinkle less deep. This softens the wrinkle and makes it less visible. Commonly treated concerns, pictured below, include:
Smile lines, also called nasolabial folds, which run from the outer edge of the nostrils to the corners of the mouth
Marionette lines, which are creases that extend down from the corners of the mouth
Lip lines, which are creases around the upper and lower lips
Shallow scars, such as those caused by acne or chicken pox
Individual wrinkles or depressions primarily on the lower face
While it is impossible to remove every crease in the face, which would in fact look unnatural, soft-tissue fillers soften them and make the face look more youthful.
Dr. Rockmore can also use fillers to make cosmetic adjustments to the nose as an alternative to rhinoplasty surgery. He can lessen the appearance of a prominent bump, straighten out mild asymmetry, or adjust the tip position all with this simple method.
Soft-Tissue Filler Options
The soft-tissue fillers Dr. Rockmore uses include:
JUVÉDERM®: This hyaluronic acid gel filler lasts for 9 to 12 months. Hyaluronic acids are naturally occurring substances in our skin that keep it hydrated and firm, so JUVÉDERM creates soft and natural-looking improvements.
Restylane®: This is another hyaluronic acid product with a similar longevity to JUVÉDERM.
Perlane®: This filler is similar to Restylane, but it is used to treat deeper creases. It can be layered with other fillers to give an optimal result.
RADIESSE®: This product uses calcium microspheres suspended in a gel to fill beneath the skin and stimulate collagen production. Improvements last 9 to 12 months.
BELOTERO BALANCE®: This filler that contains hyaluronic acid is placed more superficially than other fillers. It can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles in areas that are too delicate for other fillers. The downside with this product is its longevity, which at 6 months is shorter than the other fillers.
Fillers for the Hands
For many patients, it's not the face that gives away their age but their hands. To address this, Dr. Rockmore offers RADIESSE, the first and only FDA-approved filler to correct volume loss in the back of the hands. The dermal filler is injected under your skin to add volume to lessen the visibility of veins and tendons due to loss of fullness. Smooth and natural-looking hands are seen immediately after the injection is administered, and results last for up to a year.
Photos courtesy of RADIESSE.
Why Choose Dr. Rockmore for Fillers
Experience with thousands of non-surgical facial procedures
Familiarity with a variety of different fillers to be able to determine the best option for your individual face
Artistic vision to provide a natural youthfulness to your face and soften the signs of aging
Volumizers are injectable treatments used to restore volume that is lost as our faces age. Over the past couple of years, plastic surgeons have evolved their understanding of the facial aging process. As the face ages, tissue shifts downward while volume is lost in the cheeks and upper face. This creates a drawn, aged appearance. The shape of the face changes as it flattens from the cheekbones to the apples of the cheeks. Volumizers are used to restore volume to the upper face and cheeks, which provides a lifting effect that is significant yet natural-looking. The figure below shows common treatment areas.
The volumizers Dr. Rockmore uses include:
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC: This hyaluronic acid product is used to restore fullness of the cheek bones in patients who are at least age 21. It lasts up to 2 years and creates an immediate improvement in your cheek and cheekbone contour. The curvature of a youthful cheek, called the ogee curve, is recreated, resulting in a youthful look.
Sculptra® Aesthetic: This is a poly-L-lactic acid product that stimulates your body to make tissue in the injected area for volume restoration. The day after injection, there is minimal change, but over the next 6 weeks, your body gradually produces volume in the treated areas. Sculptra lasts more than 2 years and is often used to improve the contour of the cheeks and temples. Most patients need 2 to 3 treatments for best results. In addition to using Sculptra for facial rejuvenation, Dr. Rockmore also offers a nonsurgical Brazilian butt lift using Sculptra
How Much Do Filler Treatments Cost?
Injectable fillers are priced by the cost of each syringe used. The table below lists our current fees.
Cost per Syringe
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC
$750 for 1 syringe, $1,300 for 2
$700 for 1 vial, $1,200 for 2
Dr. Rockmore participates in the Brilliant Distinctions® program, where patients can save on Allergan products such as the JUVÉDERM family of fillers.
KYBELLA: A Special Injectable
Different from the other injectable treatments Dr. Rockmore offers, KYBELLA doesn't add volume or reduce wrinkles. Rather, it targets "submental fat," also known as a double chin. The chemical in KYBELLA, deoxycholic acid, is produced naturally by the body to process dietary fat. When it's injected into fat below the chin, it kills the fat cells there. Dr. Rockmore provides these injections, which usually require 2 to 4 treatment sessions, as a non-surgical alternative to a neck lift or neck liposuction.
Advantages of Injectable Treatments
By combining various injectables and BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments, Dr. Rockmore can help you maintain and rejuvenate your face. KYBELLA treatments can also give you a refined, sleek profile. All of this can be done with little to no downtime and cost less than surgery. Though the results may not be as dramatic as surgical alternatives, injectable treatments can often be used to delay or avoid the need for plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift.
I have been a patient of Dr. Rockmore's for several years now. We have done several procedures during this time ranging from facial fillers to a browlift. Dr. Rockmore is professional, easy to talk to and does a superior job. He is a perfectionist and I would recommend him to anyone.
While soft-tissue fillers, volumizers, and KYBELLA are commonly used and are extremely safe, they are not without possible side effects, which include but are not limited to lumps, tissue reaction, visibility, bruising, and swelling. Many of these issues resolve quickly without treatment. In addition, there is a substance that can be injected that removes many of the fillers if a problem develops. That being said, millions of injections are performed in the U.S. each year, most without issue.