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Q. Can Smartlipo be done without general anesthesia?

Yes! Smartlipo is a form of laser assisted liposuction. The entire procedure is done while you are awake. In fact, the procedure is so comfortable that many of our patients fall asleep while we are doing the procedure!

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Q. What areas and problems can be treated with Perlane?

Perlane® can be used to fill the nasolabial folds (the crease between the corner of the nose and the corner of the mouth). Perlane® can also be used off label to enhance the size or shape of the lips.

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Q. Are Sculptra® treatments painful?

Sculptra® is mixed with local anesthetic so the injections cause minimal discomfort.

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Q. How is Sculptra different from other fillers?

Most fillers have the consistency of a gel and cause an immediate correction as they are being injected. Each syringe of these gel like fillers is about 1cc in size.

Sculptra is actually a powder that is mixed with local anesthetic and water. After the Scupltra is dissolved in the water and local anesthetic, the solution (up to 6 cc) is injected into the face. The liquid solution containing the Sculptra powder causes an immediate but temporary correction. Within a few days, the liquid portion has been absorbed and the correction disappears. Over the next 4-6 weeks, the Sculptra powder that was left behind causes the skin to get thicker which restores the lost volume. The results of Sculptra treatment can last from 2-5 years. It ususally takes 3-6 treatments to get the desired result with Sculptra.

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Q. How long do Dermal Fillers last?

Restylane lasts about 6-9 months. Juvederm and Perlane last about 9-12 months. Radiesse lasts about 12-18 months. Sculptra lasts about 2-5 years. Fillers that are used to enhance the shape and size of the lips generally don't last as long in the lips because lips tend to move more than other injections sites.

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