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Reduce Appearance Of Wrinkles!
Consult Our Plastic Surgery Expert in Coral Springs

What causes wrinkles? It’s a question that many people keep in the back of their minds, especially as they age. As time passes and they begin to see wrinkles, they often want to know what they can do to eliminate them, or at the very least, diminish the effect. But before you can fix what's happening, you need to understand why it's happening.

Our skin is in a constant state of change. It usually replenishes itself every 27 days, but as we grow older, this process falters. Changes in the body leave us with skin that is less elastic than it used to be. The skin becomes thinner and drier, leading to lines, wrinkles, and creases.

Usually, wrinkles begin to form in the areas around the mouth and eyes. This is due to the facial expressions that we make throughout our lives. Over time, these movements cause creases in the skin. However, certain environmental factors such as smoking, sun damage, dehydration, and even some medications also tend to have an adverse effect on the skin.

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What Is An Injectable Filler?

Injectable fillers are materials such as hydraulic acid, collagen, and calcium hydroxylapatite. These products are injected into a specific area of the skin showing an imperfection or loss of elasticity. They are typically designed to raise scar depressions, eliminate wrinkles, enhance lips, and replace soft tissue volume.

Once injected into the desired area, fillers raise the skin so that the wrinkle or defect is no longer visible. This procedure requires a series of repeated treatments in order to achieve the most desirable effect. The fillers are mostly temporary, but some are designed to have long-lasting results. Even so, eventually they are absorbed into the skin and the procedure will need to be redone.

To speak to our oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Francesann Ford, come see us at in Coral Springs, FL. If you live outside the Coral Springs area, we also serve Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and Sunrise. Our helpful and professional staff will be glad to make you an appointment to see how we can best enhance your appearance.

What Is Juvederm? Restylane?

Injectable fillers are a safe, well-established beauty treatment that require the attentiveness and skill of an oculoplastic surgeon. Our surgeon prefers to use injectable fillers like Restylane or Juvederm for their amazing results while being safely administered over the course of many years. Some permanent fillers can be dangerous or worsen over just a few years, while these hyaluronic acid gel products easily smoothen wrinkles and other age-related skin conditions, retaining your facial features and natural beauty for years to come.

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Juvederm Treatment in Coral Springs

Juvederm comes in various levels to address the needs of each individual. Our oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Francesann Ford, will map out the areas of your face that can benefit most from Juvederm. We’ve listed some of the ways Juvederm is used:

JUVEDERM VOLUMA XC is designed for deep injection into the cheeks to compensate for age-related volume loss.

JUVEDERM VOLLURE XC is used to correct moderate facial lines, wrinkles, and skin creases that occur with age.

JUVEDERM Ultra XC adds fullness to the lips and augments them.

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Restylane Treatment in Coral Springs

Restylane has gained in popularity among oculoplastic surgeons as an alternative to Juvederm for improving facial features with near-immediate results..

RESTYLANE can be injected into the skin to correct wrinkles, lines, depressed scars, and nasolabial  folds (also known as ‘laugh lines’).

RESTYLANE REFINE is used to refine laugh lines.

RESTYLANE SILK is designed to give patients fuller, silkier lips.

To speak with us about which product is right for you, come see us at in Coral Springs, FL and consult with Dr. Francesann Ford. You will be provided with a comprehensive exam which can help guide you to the next step of treatment. Call today, and our professional and courteous staff will be happy to set you up with an appointment as soon as possible.

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Expectations: Before And After

Often, side effects or complications are easily avoided when an injectable filler is handled by a professional, experienced oculoplastic surgeon like Dr. Francesann Ford. For example, if you suffer from cold sores in the area being treated, it’s possible that this procedure could puncture one and cause an eruption.

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological condition, you should not use dermal fillers. During a consultation at our oculoplasty practice in Coral Springs, we will review your medical history and current health status prior to the procedure.

Avoid taking any over-the-counter medications that may thin the blood such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, or Aleve. Avoid any supplements such as Ginkgo biloba, St John's Wort, primrose oil, vitamin E, or ginseng.

Avoid any anti-aging or topical products such as Tretinoin, retinoid, or retinol. At this point, you should also stop using any hair removal, tweezing, or waxing in the areas that will be treated. This includes hair removal cream.

24 hours before the procedure, do not drink any alcoholic beverages.

Arrive at with a clean, washed face and no makeup on. Before the procedure, a local numbing medication may be injected into the area or a topical anesthetic may be applied.

Immediately after the procedure, you should expect some swelling, redness, tenderness, itching, and/or bruising. You will be provided with ice, bromelain tablets, and arnica cream and tablets. These will help resolve or reduce the bruising caused by the procedure. You may take acetaminophen, if necessary, to help with any pain.

Avoid any intense cold or heat, alcoholic beverage or any intense exercise, since these may intensify the bruising. Make sure you are applying the arnica ointment regularly. This will help reduce any bruising. Minimize movement in the area treated. If a lump forms, you can gently massage it. Depending upon the product and area, you may feel firmness in the injection site. Makeup and sunscreen can be applied and a gentle cleanser can be used to clean the area at this time.

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Contact Dr. Francesann Ford If

Anytime you feel the procedure, you should keep an eye out for certain symptoms and inform the doctor if you experience them.

Here are a few symptoms to look out for when you have had facial injections:

  • Chills and/or fever
  • If the area is red, angry-looking or warm to the touch
  • Increasing or severe pain
  • Blanching or blotches in the injection area

If you notice any of the above symptoms, contact us at in Coral Springs, FL. Our doctor will provide you with a comprehensive check-up to help get the symptoms under control.

Facial Volume Loss

When our skin changes as we age and our system begins to falter, the skin becomes thinner and loses fat. This can make it less smooth and plump, a condition known as Facial Volume Loss. Contrary to popular belief, aging is not always the culprit. There can be other factors that can also have a serious effect on your skin. Some of these may include:

  • Overexposure to the sun: anything longer than 15 minutes is considered overexposure
  • Extreme diets or workouts: the weight fluctuation has an effect on the physiology
  • Hormone imbalances, especially during menopause
  • Reduction in bone mass

These elements can all have an effect on your appearance. Facial filler injections can help plump your skin back up and give you a more youthful appearance.

Effects On Cheeks

Facial filler injections can make your cheeks look firm and plump, just like they did when you were younger. Hyaluronic acid adds volume to the cheeks so that they have a more youthful and beautiful look. This can be done by injecting the substance into the cheek just below the cheekbone. Since hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body and retains a high level of moisture, it makes a good choice for this purpose.

Effects Around The Eyes

As we get older, crow's-feet and laugh lines begin to develop around our mouth and eyes. Injectable fillers insert a naturally occurring substance into the skin that plumps it up so that it removes the wrinkles and lines that appear.

Affordability Of Injectable Fillers

The average cost of this procedure can vary depending on where you live. The product itself can cost between $400 to $2,600 per syringe. The cost of the treatment itself should also be taken into consideration. If you're interested in an injectable filler procedure, contact to find out how we help patients afford the costs of injectable fillers.

You can also speak to our oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Francesann Ford or visit us at in Coral Springs, FL for information regarding our services. If you live outside the Coral Springs area, we also serve Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Sunrise. Our helpful and courteous staff will be happy to make you an appointment today.

Side Effects & Risks

Anytime a filler is injected into any part of your body, there are certain side effects worth considering. These can stem from the damage that the substance does while being injected or the body's response to after the procedure.

Some of the common side effects that can develop from fillers include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Rash
  • Bruising

While these are the most common side effects, there are others, which are more rare, but you may still experience, such as:

  • Leakage from the injection site
  • The presence of small nodules at or around the injection site (possibility of surgical removal)
  • Inflammatory reactions called granulomas
  • The filler may migrate from one area to another
  • Blood vessel injury
  • Blindness caused by accidental injection into an artery effectively blocking blood flow to the eyes
  • Tissue death from blocked blood flow
  • Infection

If you notice any of these side effects, inform your doctor immediately. A lack of treatment can cause the problem to deteriorate.

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Why Choose An Oculoplastic Surgeon For An Injectable Filler?

An oculoplastic surgeon specializes in the structure of the eye. They are knowledgeable and experienced in tear ducts, orbit, and eyelids. This discipline combines ophthalmology and plastic surgery, so when they perform injections, they are familiar with the eyelid and brow area. The oculoplastic surgeon’s unique knowledge of anatomy means that the chances of a severe problem are reduced.

Having said that, even with the most skilled set of hands, complications are possible. However, if you’re going to have the procedure done, give yourself the best chance with an experienced practitioner. Choose someone that specializes in the area that you are looking to get filler injections.

Choosing An Oculoplastic-Surgeon Vs A Plastic-Surgeon

Plastic Surgeons

Plastic surgeons are typically well-versed in various areas of the body. However, when you're dealing with the eyes or around the face, it is beneficial to find someone who is more familiar with this area of anatomy than the typical plastic surgeon. An oculoplastic surgeon is more experienced with the structures of the eye and can provide comparable services as a plastic surgeon. Tear ducts, eyelids, and orbits should all be considered before a surgeon uses a filler to fix cosmetic imperfections.

Oculoplastic Surgeon

With an oculoplastic surgeon, you can be sure that he/she has considered all the possible risks and side effects. Visit us at in Coral Springs, FL to speak with our Dr. Francesann Ford. You will be provided with a comprehensive exam, which can help guide you to the next step of treatment.

Call today. Our professional and courteous staff will be happy to set you up with an appointment as soon as possible.

How Long Do Treatments Last?

Depending on the type of facial filler you choose, the results can last between 1 to 2 years. There are also fillers on the market that can last up to 5 years. These longer-lasting facial fillers like polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) use collagen and small beads called microspheres to plump up the skin. However, these options are not the first choice of most oculoplastic surgeons, primarily due to the more adverse side effects they can include.

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