ShanthiMD -  - Dermatology


Dermatologists & Cosmetic Dermatology located in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

As you age, lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin are often inevitable, but thanks to state-of-the-art dermal fillers, you don’t have to live with lines. At ShanthiMD Dermatology in Los Angeles, Shanthi Colaço, MD, FAAD, is a cosmetic and general dermatologist who offers a wide variety of dermal fillers to help return your skin to its firm, supple, younger-looking appearance. From Juvéderm® to Sculptra®— a highly specialized filler — Dr. Colaço and her medical aesthetics team are skilled in the art of administering fillers to help you look and feel your very best at any age. Call the office in West Los Angeles to schedule or book online.

Derma Fillers Q & A

How do fillers reduce the signs of aging?

Dermal fillers can add immediate volume to your face, tighten sagging skin, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Many fillers contain hyaluronic acid,  a naturally occurring substance that your body produces. The main function of hyaluronic acid is to retain water and keep your tissues hydrated.

As part of the natural aging process and exposure to the sun, hyaluronic acid typically decreases in your skin. Dermal fillers that contain serums made with hyaluronic acid replace lost moisture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles for smoother, softer skin.

What areas of my face can fillers treat?

Dr. Colaço offers patients a full range of dermal fillers to noticeably diminish fine lines and wrinkles, add volume, or both. With the Juvéderm® family of fillers, Restylane®, Sculptra®, and Radiesse®, Dr. Colaço can treat:

  • Overall lines and wrinkles
  • Smile lines around your mouth
  • Creases and folds around your nose
  • Lip lines and volume
  • Cheek volume
  • Marionette lines
  • Chin wrinkles
  • Belotero®

At your consultation for dermal fillers, you discuss the areas of your face you’d like to enhance, and Dr. Colaço recommends a single solution or creates the perfect combination of treatments to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

The Juvéderm family of fillers includes:

  • Voluma® XC for improved cheek volume
  • Volbella® XC for lip volume and softer vertical lip lines
  • Ultra® XC for lip fullness and smoother parentheses lines

The Restylane family of fillers includes:

  • Restylane Lyft for natural cheek volume (or volume on the back of your hands)
  • Restylane Silk for smoother, natural lip volume and lines
  • Restylane for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds around your mouth and nose

Radiesse provides an instant lift for deep wrinkles and folds while stimulating your body’s own collagen production to restore a more youthful appearance to the lower portion of your face. Belotero fills in the etched-in facial lines that are close to the surface of your skin.

How is Sculptra different from other fillers?

Sculptra is a specialized dermal filler that not all practitioners are trained to administer. Dr. Colaço and her medical aesthetics team are highly skilled in using Sculptra. It is not a wrinkle filler, but a bio activator or “volumizer”. It works by stimulating the body to produce new collagen at the sites of injection, thereby replacing lost volume and contours to restore a fuller, more youthful appearance.” Sculptra fillers include microparticles that your tissue absorbs over time as you produce new collagen. The results from Sculptra are natural and can last more than two years.*

Let Dr. Colaço customize a dermal filler treatment plan that reveals a more youthful, refreshed appearance for you. Call to schedule a consultation or book online today.

*Individual results may vary.