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Shahin Javaheri, MD

Over 20 Years of Experience

Excellence in Plastic Surgery

Dermal Fillers by a San Francisco Plastic Surgeon

If you are looking to enhance shallow lines or smooth out facial creases or wrinkles, dermal fillers may be the answer you are looking for. Dermal Fillers are a new and innovative way to compensate for this breakdown of support structure and restore youth and fullness by injecting filler substances into the skin. These fillers, which include hyaluronic acid and collagen, are used to plump up wrinkles, creases and sunken areas of the face and to add fullness to the cheeks and lips. Certain types of depressed acne scars can also be filled with dermal fillers. To find out how dermal fillers can benefit you, contact us to schedule a consultation with San Francisco Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri, and visit us at our San Francisco offices today.

What Substances Are In Dermal Fillers?

Most dermal fillers are comprised of substances that are naturally present in the body. Several different dermal fillers are artistically used by Dr. Javaheri to allow optimal treatment of various applications. Dr. Javaheri will advise you as to the appropriate dermal filler for your particular needs. Dermal fillers last between 4-12 months depending on the product used. As the face is constantly changing, permanent fillers are not available at this time. First generation dermal fillers are usually composed of bovine-derived collagen, a natural substance that provides the underlying framework that supports your skin. It is predominately used to increase volume in targeted areas of the face, which has the additional benefit of reducing the prominence of wrinkles. Because collagen is an organic substance that is foreign to your body, an allergy test is required before injections can take place. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are also derived from naturally occurring substances that support your skin. HA can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, giving your skin a healthy dose of moisture along with the increased volume. Some HA fillers also contain organic microbeads that stimulate the body’s natural collagen production and provide additional volume.

Dermal Fillers: The Procedure

Dermal filler treatment sessions usually last between 10 and 20 minutes. Using a super fine gauge needle, your cosmetic surgeon injects the filler into the underlying layers beneath the skin. There is minimal downtime associated with dermal fillers; in fact, many people refer to these non-surgical cosmetic treatments as “lunchtime procedures.” Most patients return to work the same day, although you will have to refrain from strenuous activities for about 24 hours. You may have redness, itching or swelling initially, although these side effects usually fade quickly as your results begin to appear. Your cosmetic surgeon will go over the entire procedure with you so that you are well informed of the care process after having dermal fillers injected.

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Patient Testimonials

  • “Thank you, in appreciation to your supreme dedication to duty. The surgery went well! Thank you very much.”
    – MF

    - MF

  • “Everyday I see more change and improvement. The clock is turned back and it’s like I get a 2nd chance. Rather like a mini-magical miracle so…thank you. Thank you for your excellent work. I send you a little dance of gratitude.” – D

    - D

  • “I would like to say THANK YOU to Dr. Javaheri for my surgery. I received excellent service. He explained everything he was doing step by step which help ease my mind.”- P

    - P

  • “I was sorry to cause you to make an unneeded trip to Alta Bates yesterday. Thank you for the excellent care you are providing to Deborah.”- AE

    - AE

  • “Thank you so much for your consideration and helpfulness in my face dilemma. I sincerely appreciate what you have done for me. THANK YOU!”- MR

    - MR

  • “I came to you with a very uncomfortable feeling about a part of my stomach area. I have always wanted to have this procedure take care of but did not. After making that one phone call to your office and visiting you and your staff, everyone made me feel completely satisfied that I had found the right person to make this change in my life. I can go on and on but basically you have personally made a great change for me. You were completely gentle and very honest with me. I am very happy I had this procedure done by you. Thank you! Even in the hospital you made it all better knowing I was scared and nervous. You’re great! Thank you again.” – DB

    - DB

  • “There are no words I can express to you how thankful I am for the wonderful job you did on my surgery. I feel 10 pounds lighter. I am and always will be eternally grateful.”

    - F

  • “You did a wonderful job on my breast! I have never looked and felt better. My breasts were very big and I feel a hundred times better in my appearance now. Dr. Javaheri is very kind and does great work. I will never forget what he has done for me!” – LB

    - LB

  • “I wanted to say thank you so much for the best tummy tuck. My husband and I are so very pleased. We look at my tummy often and cannot believe it’s mine. Dr. Javaheri, you are a man with high excellence and much gentleness. Rosh, you are a woman of much grace and joy. Thank you both so very much for everything, especially my new tummy.”

    - Most Grateful Oct ’04

  • “Hi all, I wanted to send a thank you for all you guys did for me. I’m so thrilled. Everyone was so kind and knowledgeable and just plain fun. That really helped me get over being nervous and shy about the whole thing. Your experience really shines. I attached a picture of my new chest with a shirt I’m wearing that made me think of y’all!”

    “I have had 3 procedures so far with Dr. Javaheri, they are: tummy tuck with lower body lift, arms & breast reduction , and legs & gluteus maximus lift. My upcoming surgery is a face lift procedure. All these procedures are following weight loss surgery procedure called Gastric Bypass whereby I lost nearly 300 lbs. Dr. Javaheri performed all of my plastic & reconstructive surgeries to a great success. I am very pleased by the results. He even came to the office on a Sunday to deal with a small complication I had following one of my surgeries. It is so unusual to find a surgeon who cares so much about his patients; and an office staff that are so capable.”

    - PB

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