- 1 Radiesse™
- 2 Belotero
- 3 FAQ
- 3.1 What do I need to avoid before surgery?
- 3.2 What about my daily medications before surgery?
- 3.3 What happens after surgery?
- 3.4 Are there any dietary restrictions following surgery?
- 3.5 When will my stitches be taken out?
- 3.6 How soon will I be able to exercise?
- 3.7 When will I be able to see the results?
- 3.8 What is special about the way Dr. Ovchinsky does the surgery?
Radiesse™ is an injectable filler that reduces wrinkles, creases and scars by filling them up as well as by stimulating the production of body’s natural collagen.
Composed of microspheres in a biocompatible gel, Radiesse™ is made from calcium hydroxyapatite, the same mineral found in our bones, so it carries little risk of allergic reaction.
Radiesse™ can be used on many areas of the body, including cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, pre-jowl depressions, chin, temples, depressed scars, etc.
Upon injection, Radiesse™ immediately provides the volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging because of the calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise the product. But what’s unique about Radiesse™ is that it acts as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and stimulating your own natural collagen to grow. This process continues for several months, which extends the effect of Radiesse™ up to 13-15 months.
Treatments typically take 15-30 minutes and require only local anesthetic, which can be premixed with the filler or given as separate local blocks.
Side effects such as swelling or bruising are minimal and should fade within a few days. Results are visible immediately after the injection and can last for more than a year, although the procedure can be repeated as often as you wish.
Maybe you have noticed a few stubborn lines above your lips that you hide behind makeup, or you’ve caught a reflection of yourself and notice a few small wrinkles starting to develop around your mouth. Belotero is an injectable filler that is used to temporarily smooth out and fill in moderate-to-severe nasolabial folds (folds or wrinkles that go from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth) as well as other moderate-to-severe etched-lines and wrinkles around your lips and mouth. This procedure is clinically proven safe and feels natural to the touch! It is a quick, easy treatment that provides immediate, noticeable results and maintains normal movement and facial expressions. Requires little to no downtime!
What do I need to avoid before surgery?
If you are on “blood thinners,” you will be asked to stop them approximately one week prior to surgery. We also ask that you avoid certain over-the-counter medications. If you are taking some herbal supplements, you should stop those as well as they may contain blood thinning substances. Also, you have to completely quit smoking at least two weeks before surgery.
What about my daily medications before surgery?
You will have a preoperative appointment well in advance of your surgery when we will review all mediations with you. If you are on “blood thinners,” you will be asked to stop them approximately one week prior to surgery. We also ask that you avoid certain over-the-counter medications. You may continue taking most routine medications up until the morning of surgery with a small sip of water.
What happens after surgery?
You will go to the recovery room for a few hours until you are fully recovered from anesthesia. Once you are stable you will be taken home (or to a hotel) by your family member or a friend. You will want to stay relaxed for the first few days. You will need to keep your head elevated when in bed to help with faster resolution of swelling. You should begin to start walking, eating, and using the restroom the day after surgery. Your activity can slowly increase each day but it will take up to 2 weeks before you start to feel like your old self again. You should avoid any strenuous activity for 4 weeks. You will need to take medication prescribed to you by Dr. Ovchinsky, which usually include antibiotics, pain medicine, antibiotic ointment for the incisions, and occasionally anti-nausea medications.
Are there any dietary restrictions following surgery?
No. Patients can eat whatever they want. Advance your diet from liquids (fruit juice, milk shake, etc.) to soft food (pudding, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, oatmeal, pasta) to solids as tolerated. To prevent dehydration, please drink as much juices and nutritional fluid as possible.
When will my stitches be taken out?
Stitches are normally removed five to six days after your surgery.
How soon will I be able to exercise?
Dr. Ovchinsky recommends that patients do not return to exercise for three weeks after their procedure.
When will I be able to see the results?
You may see the difference right away, and more so once the swelling goes down within the first one to two weeks. As with any surgical procedure, it takes anywhere from 6 to 12 months for the results to become final.
What is special about the way Dr. Ovchinsky does the surgery?
Dr. Ovchinsky tailors his surgical technique to an individual patient rather than using the same “run of the mill” surgery on everybody. The technique he uses causes minimal pain, has natural results, and is long-lasting. The vast majority of patients are quite surprised afterward at how little discomfort they have and how quickly they return to normal activity. Most patients have minimal bruising. Finally, with Dr. Ovchinsky technique and attention to details during skin closure, scars are typically minimal and are often difficult to see once they have fully matured.