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Beauty by Injection®

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Beauty By Injection® RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Care

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Beauty By Injection® describes an advanced approach for the use of dermal fillers and BOTOX® or Xeomin to reverse the visible signs of facial aging without creating an over injected look. The goal is to create natural and beautiful results.

Dermal fillers are complex, and there is a lot of misinformation that confuses people. All dermal fillers are FDA approved medications, and should be administered by trained clinicians. Just as oncologists master the different chemotherapeutic agents to fight cancer, each dermal filler and injectable has a specific purpose against facial aging, and often need to be administered in combination. No single filler is magic, and your results depend on the skill and expertise of who injects you.

Below is a brief description of some of the more common dermal fillers that we use:

Juvéderm™ Ultra XC and Juvéderm™ Ultra Plus XC

Juvéderm™ is a jelly like substance used as a dermal filler to restore volume to the mid-face, the nasolabial folds, and plump lips. It is a purified hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural substance found in all living organisms, and located in the body between all cells in the extracellular matrix. As we age, we loose HA in our skin, between our cells. Juvéderm™ works with elastin and collagen to give support and volume to the skin.

Juvéderm™ XC Ultra and Juvéderm™ XC Ultra Plus are two formulations that have a different degree of cross-linking, making one a little firmer than the other. This allows a skilled injector to choose the right formula for a patient’s specific needs. The Juvéderm™ XC products also contains lidocaine for extra relief during treatment.

Juvéderm™ smooths folds and wrinkles in the nose and mouth area to restore a youthful face. This treatment is particularly effective for G-Spot Enhancement and lip augmentation. Treatments done with Juvéderm™ have instant results and requite a very small amount of downtime with minimal bruising. Results usually last from 6-9 months. As with all treatments, your results will only be as good as the person injecting you, and some patients may require multiple syringes to fully correct their features and obtain more noticeable results.

Juvéderm™ VOLUMA™ XC

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Juvéderm™ VOLUMA™ XC is a more highly cross-linked form of Juvéderm™ designed to enhance the volume of the cheeks and mid-face. The youthful female face can be characterized as an upside down heart – with full, round cheeks, a tight jaw line and a delicate chin. With age, there is loss of volume and bony resorption in the mid-face.

Juvéderm™ VOLUMA™ XC is an FDA-approved injection that gives your cheeks an instant and long lasting lift to help restore shape and give you a more youthful contour for up to 2 years. It’s different from Juvéderm™ XC Ultra or Ultra Plus and works on a different section of the face. Juvéderm™ reduces and can smooth out moderate to severe folds and wrinkles around the mouth and nose, and is excellent for lip augmentation. Juvéderm™ VOLUMA™, however, is designed to restore volume to the cheeks.

More to know about Juvéderm™ VOLUMA™ XC

  • Clinically proven to last for up to 2 years with ideal treatment
  • It is one of the only Hyaluronic Acid (HA), FDA-approved treatments to immediately add volume to the cheeks.
  • Ordinary activities can be resumed 24 hours after treatment
  • Side effects are moderate and usually last 2 to 4 weeks. Some common side effects are swelling, lumps/bumps, pain, tenderness, firmness, bruising, itching and discoloration.
  • It also contains lidocaine for extra relief during treatment.

Juvéderm™ VOLUMA™ XC Before & After Photos

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RADIESSE® is a different type dermal filler for volume restoration. RADIESSE® is not a hyaluronic acid derived product like Juvéderm™. RADIESSE® is an opaque dermal filler composed of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a water-based gel carrier. It is considered an indictable implant, that allows us to restore lost volume under the eyes, the cheeks, the temples, around the mouth, and also the back of the hands.

Ideal wrinkle reduction is achieved by replenishing your skin’s lost volume, not by filling in wrinkles. Because RADIESSE® is calcium-based microspheres it is a very powerful dermal filler, but cannot be used to augment lips. It is unique because it performs as a scaffold beneath the skin. This stimulates your natural collagen to grow, and provides structure to the cheek area. This process lasts for months, which prolongs the primary effect of RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler.

RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler can instantly provide the volume and lift necessary to reduce the signs of facial aging, and these treatments have instant results and a small amount of downtime. It also contains lidocaine for extra relief during treatment, and the results have been clinically proven to last at least a year in several patients.

Dermal Filler RADIESSE® for Hand Augmentation approved by FDA

Radiesse Certified Hand InjectorOn June 4th, 2015 it was announced that the injectable dermal filler RADIESSE®, for hand augmentation, was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

RADIESSE® is a well-proven dermal filler initially approved in the United States in 2001 for several uses and then in 2006 specifically for the correction of nasolabial folds (commonly known as smile lines), was furthur approved by the FDA to correct volume loss in the dorsum (back) of the hands on June 4th, 2015.

RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Care has been using RADIESSE® as a component of Beauty By Injection® for years, and we’ve found it to be very effective.

RADIESSE® has been proven in repeated tests to provide an immediate volumizing effect for the back of the hands, reducing the prominence of tendons and veins and providing a smooth, natural look for up to one year. It has been voted by a majority of panelists on the FDA to be safe and effective. (Source: Merz North America, Inc.)

It has been used off-label for hand rejuvenation in the U.S. for years, and is approved in 52 countries for this specific use, in addition to its use as a facial dermal filler.

Now that RADIESSE® has been approved by the FDA for hand treatment, I further encourage treatment for the hands, which many of our patients feel betray their age.

For more information about Radiesse and other MedSpa treatments for hand rejuvenation, such as IPL laser treatments for age spots, call RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Care at and set up your private consultation. In Edinburg: 956-687-8346 and Brownsville: 956-350-6561.

Radiesse before & afters


Belotero is another Hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that can be used for many different cosmetic treatments of the face. Belotero is different from other HA fillers, however, in that Belotero is designed to be injected in the upper layers of the skin relatively easily to directly remove hard to erase lines. Belotero can be used to remove etched lines, such as crow’s feet around the eyes or smoker’s lines of the lips. Belotero
can also be used to add volume to the face.

Moving Forward

To learn more about dermal fillers and for a detailed facial analysis, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez , a cosmetic fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeon specializing in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation in McAllen and Brownsville. Or, you can call our office to schedule your appointment: 956-350-6561

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