Perlane vs Juvederm Ultra Plus in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Dr. Anne Hermann’s patients often ask which is the better dermal filler for them, Perlane vs. Juvederm Ultra Plus.  Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid and are FDA approved. Hyaluronic acid is a natural element found in the body, and like collagen, diminishes with age. Both products will instantly add volume to the problem areas and smooth wrinkles and folds.

What are the key differences between Perlane vs Juvederm Ultra Plus?

Chemically, they are very similar, but structurally, there are differences.  Fillers are categorized by their g prime, meaning the level that the product holds its shape. Perlane is a higher g prime filler, the filler with larger particles, which makes it the better choice for the areas of the face needing the most lift.  Juvederm Ultra Plus has a lower g prime and is manufactured as a smooth gel.  Both products are an excellent choice for the nasolabial folds and for deep lines.  Perlane provides slightly more product per syringe, so often the best choice is based on price point or if there is a current special on Perlane vs. Juvederm Ultra Plus.

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Belotero Balance vs Juvederm in Tampa and St Pete

Anne Hermann, M.D.

Belotero Balance is a new dermal filler. As of July 2012, it is not even available to all physician injectors. We are very excited to offer it and here is why:

Compared to other fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse, Belotero Balance can be injected much more superficially. When the other
fillers are injected too close to the surface of the skin, they leave a bluish or whitish color under the skin. The older fillers are meant to be injected into a deeper layer of the skin and are best at adding volume to an area of the face that has lost volume. Belotero will not leave any discoloration when injected just under the skin. This allows us to inject very fine lines around the eyes or mouth with much better results.

Until Belotero was available, I often would not inject “smoker’s” lines around the mouth or fine lines around the eye. Juvederm and older fillers simply made those areas look too puffy. Now we can use Belotero to treat those difficult areas.

The medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann are conveniently located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fl. To schedule your appointment, call (813) 902-9559.

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New Cannula Technique for Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse in Tampa and St Pete

Posted by Anne Hermann on Thu, Jun 07, 2012 @ 08:30 PM

We use a new technique for dermal filler injection called the cannula technique.   Dr. Dave Christianson trained on this technique through one of the inventors of this method in 2011.  He brought back what he learned and I was impressed.  So, I began my training a month later.  Now, only a year later, the cannula technique is becoming the new standard for injection technique for fillers and here is why.

What is the Cannula Technique for Filler? 

The cannula is a bendable, blunt (not sharp) tube the size of a needle.  The doctor makes a small hole with a needle, but rather than injecting the needle, he or she removes the needle and inserts the cannula in the hole.

Dermal fillers injected with a Cannula are safer.  Because the cannula is bendable and not sharp, it will not puncture blood vessels or nerves.  So, this is a MUCH safer technique.

Dermal Fillers yield better results with Cannula.  Because we can move the cannula around more, we can inject areas that were difficult to inject before.  I am able to direct the cannula into hallow areas of the cheek where I would not place a needle.  This gives my patients a more complete treatment.

Patients experience less discomfort during treatment with Cannula.  With cannula technique, we only use the needle a few times during a treatment.  Therefore, the experience is less painful.

Less Bruising and Downtime with Cannula.  Because the cannula is much less likely to puncture a blood vessel, patients have less bruising and less downtime.

I do still use the standard needle technique to inject as well.  There are areas of the face that still require fine needling or a combination of needling and cannula for best results.  For more on various choices for fillers:

The medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann and Dr. Dave Christianson are conveniently located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL. To schedule your appointment, call (813) 902-9559.

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