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San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon Compares Dermal Fillers

Dr. John Hilinski breaks down dermal fillers into three separate types

San Diego, CA – Dr. John Hilinski, a San Diego plastic surgeon, has devoted his career to facial plastic surgery. In addition to being a recognized expert in the field of rhinoplasty, Dr. Hilinski offers a number of injectable filler treatments at his private practice.
According to Dr. Hilinski, dermal fillers are used to:

  • Correct fine lines, wrinkles and skin creases
  • Augment areas of the face that would benefit from added volume and shape, such as the lips or cheeks

Hyaluronic acid fillers – such as Restylane® and Juvederm® – are the most common dermal fillers used at Dr. Hilinski’s practice. This category of filler is made of a biologically compatible gel containing a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid that mimics the hyaluronic acid already present in a patient’s body. According to Dr. Hilinski, the cosmetic results of most hyaluronic acid fillers last 10-12 months.
The second most common filler used at Dr. Hilinski’s practice is Artefill®, which is the only FDA-approved non-absorbable (aka permanent) filler on the market. Dr. Hilinski says Artefill® offers an alternative for patients who have enjoyed the success of dermal filler injections but do not want to continually visit the doctor’s office for the maintenance injections associated with hyaluronic acid fillers.
Dr. Hilinski notes that a dermal filler like Radiesse® has a duration of action in between hyaluronic acid fillers and Artefill®. The aesthetic results from a Radiesse® injection can last 2-3 years.
According to Dr. Hilinski, one disadvantage of longer lasting dermal fillers is that if a patient is unhappy with the results, they have to wait for the results to wear off. He says that undesirable results from dermal filler injections are extremely rare and can be minimized by visiting a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for treatments.
The most common area of the face Dr. Hilinski treats is the nasolabial folds (smile lines). In many of Dr. Hilinski’s San Diego facial plastic surgery patients, these smile lines can become quite deep and create a significant shadow, causing patients to look prematurely aged or tired. By injecting a dermal filler under the smile line, Dr. Hilinski can help soften this unwanted crease, providing a more rested, youthful appearance.
About John M. Hilinski, M.D.
Dr. John Hilinski is double board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. He earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in facial plastic surgery. In addition to procedures including revision rhinoplasty and facelift surgery, Dr. Hilinski also offers BOTOX® Cosmetic. He is available for interview upon request.

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