Meet Dr. Moelleken

Dr. Brent Moelleken - Board Certified Plastic SurgeonBrent Moelleken, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara. Double board certified, he received his training at Harvard University, Yale University, UCSF and UCLA...

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Dr. Brent Moelleken - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Juvederm®

As you age, your natural volume of youthful skin begins to diminish allowing wrinkles and folds to form.  Allergan, the company that produces BOTOX® Cosmetic, has recently introduced a revolutionary new line into its family of dermal products known as JUVÉDERM®.  Approved by the FDA in June of 2006, JUVÉDERM® injectable gel is a “next-generation” family of gel dermal fillers and the latest advanced technology in hyaluronic acid cosmetic fillers.  In your body, hyaluronic acid fills the space between the collagen and elastin fibers of your skin.  It is present in all living cells, attracting and binding water, hydrating, and giving your skin its smoothness and volume.  As you age, your body’s cells lose their ability to manufacture hyaluronic acid so it is diminished resulting in the loss of skin volume.  Aging is a gradual process of skin alteration and the muscles, fat, and bones of your face lose contour while the overlying skin begins to suffer a loss of firmness and elasticity.

In recent years, hyaluronic acid has become a favored compound for replenishing the areas where the fullness in your face has been lost.  There is also new evidence that hyaluronic acid fillers stimulate your skin to produce collagen, which enhances and prolongs your cosmetic results.  Dr. Brent Moelleken, M.D., F.A.C.S., is founder and director of Neo Surgery Center located in Beverly Hills, California.  Dr. Moelleken, a double board-certified plastic surgeon for over 17 years, is proud to offer you a safe and comfortable environment in which to experience the latest, state-of-the-art non-invasive treatments available today.  Along with his extremely qualified, professional staff, he will provide you with the most in-depth information and relative advantages regarding JUVÉDERM® or any other cosmetic treatment you might be considering.  Hydraulic Acid (HA) products have revolutionized how Dr. Moelleken can rejuvenate your face and during your initial consultation, he will evaluate and design a customized treatment plan personalized just for you.  HA treatments do not replace a good skin care regime with high-quality products and that is why a long-term maintenance program will also be discussed so your new, youthful look will last you a lifetime.  Under the artistic and skillful hands of Dr. Moelleken, thousands of patients at Neo Surgery Center have been thrilled with the remarkable results they have experienced from JUVÉDERM® treatments, so if this sounds like something that would benefit you, please call today and let us schedule your appointment.

JUVÉDERM® injectable gel is a colorless hyaluronic acid gel that is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth.  JUVÉDERM® employs its unique manufacturing process to provide the highest concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid of any available hyaluronic acid dermal filler.  Although anesthesia is not required, Dr. Moelleken may use topical or injectable anesthesia to numb the treatment area prior to your procedure if necessary.  Once the proper areas are determined, Dr. Moelleken will ease JUVÉDERM® under your skin using a fine needle to inject the transparent gel into the mid-to-deep dermis of your face.  The dermis is the subsurface skin layer that contains connective tissue, nerve endings, sweat and oil glands, and blood vessels.  Following the injection, Dr. Moelleken will gently massage the treated areas and the gel then works to augment the soft tissue of the dermis so that it adds volume to your skin and eliminate folds and wrinkles.

The JUVÉDERM® procedure is quick and easy and the injection itself typically takes only 15 minutes to complete. There is very little recovery or downtime however, for the first 24 hours following your treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in order to minimize the risks of temporary redness, swelling, or itching at the treatment sites.   After the procedure, some temporary injection-related reactions may occur, including redness, pain, firmness, swelling, and bumps.  Studies have shown that these are usually mild to moderate in nature and clear up on their own in seven days or less.  If you experience swelling at the injection site, you may apply an ice pack for a brief period.  You should see an immediate improvement in the treatment areas and typically patients need one treatment to achieve wrinkle smoothing.  Results last up to six months or more however they vary and correction is temporary so supplemental “touch up” treatments may be required. After six to nine months, the biocompatible compound is naturally absorbed into your body and JUVÉDERM® has been proven safe and effective for all skin types and colors.

There are different density formulations for JUVÉDERM®, each designed to treat wrinkles that vary in depth. JUVÉDERM® Ultra is the thinner version of JUVÉDERM® used for superficial fine lines and wrinkles.  JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus is a thicker gel mostly used to replace lost volume and the latest formula, JUVÉDERM® XC, contains the anesthetic lidocaine for reducing treatment discomfort.

At Neo Surgery Center, we recommend JUVÉDERM® to treat and improve facial imperfections including:

  • Mild to moderate nasal and cheek furrows
  • Moderate to severe facial wrinkles
  • Glabellar lines
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Worry lines
  • Lip volume
  • Chin augmentation
  • Cheek depressions
  • Smile lines
  • Marionette lines (nasolabial folds or the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth)
  • Deep nasogenian grooves (the folds between your cheeks and nose)
  • Enhancing lip volume
  • Reshaping cheek contours

Today, there are a variety of injectable fillers that can be extremely effective in improving areas of concern when you are not quite ready for a surgical procedure.  Time is a gradual alteration in how we look to others and ourselves and investing in your appearance is a gift that will keep on giving with the return yielding enormous rewards.  If you are suffering from folds or wrinkles that make you look and feel old, JUVÉDERM® is a solution that quickly restores youthful skin structure.  In California and around the world, patients have discovered the advantages that JUVÉDERM® has to offer when they look in the mirror and see their younger, tighter looking skin.  Restylane®, Perlane®, and JUVÉDERM® are among the most common and popular injectable fillers used in modern cosmetic surgery and Neo Surgery Center offers all three.  Do not wait another day to schedule your consultation and see the dramatic results you can achieve with JUVÉDERM®.

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