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The Elixir of Youth: Mastering the Art of Aesthetics with Dermal Fillers

If you are like most of Dr. Kesty’s patients, you are likely seeking a refreshed, youthful look without an artificial or “fake”-appearing change. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we understand the fine line between enhancement and alteration. Dr. Kat Kesty, a leading expert in aesthetic medicine, is here to guide you on your personalized journey to a naturally beautiful aesthetic rejuvenation.

You may have fine lines that have deepened over time, an uneven skin tone that’s lost its former glow, or perhaps you are concerned about the early signs of aging. All these are natural elements of our life’s narrative, and we respect that. Here, our aim is not to rewrite your story but to help you feel like the best version of yourself, exuding the confidence and vibrancy you feel within.

Dr. Kesty’s approach to dermal fillers addresses your unique needs and aspirations. She understands your worries – about results, possible pain, recovery time, and looking unnatural. Dr. Kesty takes the time to answer all of your questions, discuss your treatment options, and ensure you are comfortable with your rejuvenation plan.

You may wonder, ‘Does this make me vain?’ or ‘Will I look fake?’ We recognize these concerns as we value authenticity and aging gracefully. We are here to subtly enhance your features, not to make you look like someone else.

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we are not just about procedures, we are about transformations – both physical and emotional. After all, it is not just about looking younger or removing a few wrinkles; our goal is to make you feel confident, rejuvenated, and in control. We want the person in the mirror to match the youthful spirit inside you. Dr. Kesty and her team look forward to guiding you on your transformation and rejuvenation journey.

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Dr. Kesty is the best dermatologist you are going to find in Florida.

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Advantages of Dermal Fillers

Addressing the unwelcome changes that sun damage, aging, and other factors bring to your skin.
Revived, youthful volume
Natural, smooth rejuvenation
Enhanced facial contours
Non-Surgical, low downtime
Lasting confidence boost
Minimally invasive revitalization
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Why Choose Us for Your Skin?

Double Board-Certified Dermatologist
Broadest selection of lasers in Florida (25+)
One of a handful of fellowship trained laser surgeons
Customized treatments

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The Multifaceted Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers offer an array of transformative benefits that can help you reclaim your youthful glow and enhance your natural beauty. As with any medical procedure, the expertise of your chosen Physician significantly affects the quality of the results. Dr. Kesty, a renowned expert in the field, is here to guide you through your aesthetic journey.

Lip Augmentation and Cheek Enhancement

Accentuate your lips, redefine your cheekbones, or balance your facial proportions – with dermal fillers, these enhancements are not just possible, but easily within your reach. Under Dr. Kesty’s skilled hands, your natural beauty is subtly amplified for a radiant, more confident you. Lip fillers can be subtle and leave your lips more hydrated, or they can be customized by Dr. Kesty for a plumper, fuller look. Dr. Kesty will guide you with the appropriate filler choice and placement technique according to your cosmetic goals.

Nasolabial Fold Reduction

Say goodbye to the deep-set lines running from your nose to the corners of your mouth. With dermal fillers, the appearance of these lines can be significantly softened, giving you a more rested, youthful look.

Chin and Jawline Contouring

Fine-tune your chin and jawline to attain balance in your facial aesthetics. Dermal fillers can be used to sculpt and enhance these areas, leading to a more defined and proportionate look. As we age, we lose our defined jawline due to structural changes in our face. Dr. Kesty can use dermal fillers to subtly and naturally enhance your chin and jawline and restore your youthful facial contours.

Treating Hollow or Sunken Areas

Whether it is under-eye hollows or sunken cheeks, dermal fillers can effectively treat and revitalize these areas. By adding volume and fullness, dermal fillers lend a healthier, more vibrant appearance to your face. Undereyes can be rejuvenated and make you look youthful and well-rested with expertly placed dermal fillers.

Non-Surgical Nose Reshaping

Small bumps or asymmetry in your nose can also be corrected with the help of dermal fillers. This non-surgical reshaping method offers a minimally invasive alternative for those seeking nose enhancements. Dermal fillers can also raise the tip of your nose for a more youthful nose contour and overall balancing of your facial features.

Skin Hydration and Texture Improvement

Dermal fillers, particularly those based on hyaluronic acid, not only add volume but also attract water molecules, thereby improving skin hydration. This leads to a fresher, more radiant complexion, ensuring you look as youthful as you feel. Certain dermal fillers can also stimulate collagen production for an improvement in skin quality over time.

Hand Rejuvenation

Dr. Kesty uses dermal filler to restore the volume in your hands and disguise the veins that become more prominent with age. This beautiful procedure can make your hands look 10-20 years younger.

With Dr. Kesty’s expertise, each of these benefits can be realized while minimizing potential risks, leaving you free to enjoy your rejuvenated appearance.

The Paramount Importance of Your Consultation for Dermal Fillers

A consultation with Dr. Kesty is more than a mere prelude to your aesthetic journey—it is a pivotal part of it. This one-on-one interaction is where you share your aesthetic aspirations, delve into your medical history, and where Dr. Kesty’s expertise truly begins to shine.

Comprehensive Understanding of Your Unique Needs

By taking the time to get to know your unique facial anatomy and beauty goals, Dr. Kesty ensures that every procedure is custom-tailored to your individual needs. The outcome is a transformative aesthetic journey that reflects and enhances your natural beauty.

Expert Evaluation and Risk Minimization

With her extensive knowledge and years of experience, Dr. Kesty meticulously evaluates your medical history to identify any potential complications. This careful review significantly minimizes risk and promotes a safer, more successful procedure. Always tell your dermatologist specialist if you have any medical conditions including a history of botulism, recent dentistry procedures, any blood-thinning medications or embolism, and non-healing wound, any implanted medical devices, a history of semi permanent fillers, a history of hiv or changes to your immune system, or any injury or signs of any systemic diseases. At your doctor’s visit please bring to the clinic a list of your medical prescription drugs as well as a list of any known allergen(s).

World-Renowned Expert on Dermal Fillers

Dr. Kesty is known worldwide for her subtle yet beautiful results for her patients. She has spoken at many esthetic meetings and has been on faculty at several meetings to demonstrate on stage her cutting-edge yet beautiful dermal filler techniques.

Personalized Treatment Plan for Optimal Results

Dr. Kesty doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Based on her understanding of your unique needs and goals, she crafts a personalized treatment plan that maximizes benefits and delivers optimal results.

Choosing a consultation with Dr. Kesty means choosing a comprehensive, empathetic, and expert approach to your aesthetic journey. It is not just about looking great—it’s about feeling great, too. With Dr. Kesty, you are guaranteed to be in expert hands.

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Don't settle. Choose confident, natural beauty.

Understanding Dermal Fillers

Beneath the umbrella term of “dermal fillers” exist a variety of gel like substances that are FDA approved, each boasting different properties and uses for a more youthful appearance. Understanding these types can help you shape expectations and guide your esthetic facial fillers treatment decisions.

Different Types of Fillers

With this vast portfolio of injectable fillers available to restore facial volume, Dr. Kesty and her team ensure you are matched with the best product for your specific needs. Dr. Kesty does not work for any specific esthetic company and is not loyal to a specific brand. She works solely for her patients and spends her time delivering superior results using the right type of dermal filler for each patient. Just like a painter cannot stay within one color spectrum, Dr. Kesty uses the full spectrum of dermal fillers to enhance her patient’s natural beauty. Medical spas do not typically have the depth of product available to their practitioner. It is our opinion that your health care provider should have only your best interest at heart- no other factors should be at play when choosing a treatment plan for a patient.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers are popular because they attract moisture and boost skin volume to smooth deep wrinkles and reverse facial aging. They can smooth wrinkles, make lips more hydrated and plump, and restore lost volume in the face. This versatile type of filler comes in different varieties that are customized to your cosmetic goals and the area to be treated. These dermal filler products can also be use to fill in acne scars. Dr. Kesty is an expert in hyaluronic acid dermal fillers and uses the entire portfolio of dermal fillers to deliver amazing yet believable results for her patients.

– Prominent brands: Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, Volbella

Biostimulatory Fillers

Biostimulatory fillers are an injectable treatment that help your body produce more of its own collagen, giving a natural and gradual volumizing effect to teat sagging skin and facial wrinkles. These soft tissue fillers work great for deeper lines and wrinkles, and results can last up to two years. These fillers can also be used on the neck, chest, and hands to restore volume to those unique places as well as improve skin quality by stimulating collagen.

– Prominent brands: Sculptra, Radiesse

Calcium Hydroxyapatite Fillers

Calcium hydroxyapatite fillers work to restore lost volume while also stimulating collagen. This type of filler is a mineral like compound and is a natural component of human bones. These fillers are great for restoring volume to deeper wrinkles and for enhancing fullness in areas such as the cheeks and jawline. Calcium Hydroxyapatite fillers can also be used to correct volume loss on the hands, neck, and chest to erase wrinkles due to sun damage and the aging process.

– Prominent brands: Radiesse

Collagen Fillers

Collagen fillers add more of the skin’s natural collagen, helping fill lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to enhance lips and smooth out scar tissue.

– Prominent brands: Zyderm, Zyplast

Autologous Fillers

Autologous fillers- also known as a fat transfer- harvest fat from your own body to restore fullness and shape to your face. This procedure offers a natural, long-lasting alternative to synthetic fillers. Fat injections are ideal when done in conjunction with plastic surgery as fat is a naturally occurring substance in the body. Procedures for reconstructive surgery done by plastic surgeons such as a tummy tuck, fat grafting, rhytidectomy, facelift, facial fat grafting, or another outpatient procedure are ideal to pair with this type of wrinkle fillers to treat deeper wrinkles and act as a semi permanent filler.

PMMA Fillers

PMMA (Polymethyl Methacrylate) fillers are a mix of tiny PMMA microspheres and purified collagen gel. This type of filler is used to treat medium-to-deep wrinkles, folds and furrows, especially nasolabial folds (the lines running from the nose to the corners of the mouth).

– Prominent brands: Bellafill (formerly known as Artefill)

Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers

Poly-L-lactic acid fillers are great at stimulating collagen over time. They help your skin make more dermis, filling in lines and wrinkles over a period of a few months, with results that can last up to two years.

– Prominent brands: Sculptra Aesthetic

Techniques in Filler Application at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser

The manner in which a dermal filler is administered is paramount to the outcome of the procedure. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, Dr. Kesty employs an intricate blend of artistry and medical precision, harnessing the power of state-of-the-art techniques to deliver exceptional results tailored to your unique aesthetic needs.

Filler Injection Mastery

With an impressive educational pedigree and extensive experience in aesthetic medicine, Dr. Kesty is exceptionally proficient at filler injection procedures. As one of only a handful Fellowship Trained Cosmetic Dermatologists in the United States, her approach focuses on the precise art of filler placement, leveraging her deep knowledge of facial structure and dermatological health. This expertise, paired with her gentle and meticulous technique, means patients experience less discomfort and shorter recovery times.

The Microcannula Technique

In addition to injections, Dr. Kesty is an adept practitioner of the microcannula technique. She uses a thin, flexible tube with a blunt tip, a tool that is known to mitigate common side effects like bruising, swelling, and discomfort. This minimally invasive procedure technique, combined with her expert touch and intimate understanding of facial anatomy, enables her to sculpt your features with finesse, enhancing your natural beauty while maintaining an organic look and feel.

Lidocaine Pre-Treatment for Enhanced Comfort

Patient comfort is a paramount concern for Dr. Kesty. To this end, she offers her patients the use of topical lidocaine—a powerful local anesthetic—before administering the filler. In addition, many of the dermal fillers she uses are pre-mixed with lidocaine, thereby reducing any discomfort during the injection process and ensuring a more relaxed and comfortable experience for you.

Where Fillers Can Be Used

Filler Applications On the Face

  • Philtrum – the area between the upper lip and nose, contributing to a more youthful and attractive lip shape. Some patients desire a more accentuated “keyhole” above their lips, which is achieved with the artful placement of dermal filler in the philtrum.

  • Jawline – to create a more defined and contoured jaw line, enhancing the overall facial structure.

  • Temple Hollows – As we age, the temples can become hollow, creating a gaunt appearance. Fillers can restore volume to this area, contributing to a more youthful aesthetic. Temple filler can also restore brow position, also known as a “brow lift” or “eye lift”.

  • Submalar Area – located below the cheekbone (zygomatic bone), the submalar area can benefit from filler treatment to improve facial harmony and symmetry.

  • Nasolabial Folds -smooth “smile lines,” that run from the sides of the nose down to the mouth, fostering a fresher, more youthful facial expression.

  • Marionette Lines – lift the lines running from the mouth corners down to the chin, softening expressions and restoring a youthful yet natural appearance by volumizing these skin folds

  • Cheek Enhancement – add volume and lift to cheeks, replacing lost definition and providing a youthful, radiant aesthetic.

  • Lip Augmentation – create plumper, more defined and hydrated lips and reduce fine lines around the mouth.

  • Tear Troughs – restore volume in the under-eye area, dermal filler in this location brighten and refresh the look, revealing well-rested eyes

  • Chin Augmentation – define and contour the chin area for those seeking more balance in their facial features.

  • Glabellar Lines – Also known as ‘frown lines’, dermal fillers smooth these lines for a relaxed, youthful appearance of the forehead

  • Nose – subtly alter nose shape, refining the nasal profile in what’s known as a ‘non-surgical nose job’.

  • Earlobes – rejuvenate sagging or wrinkled earlobes. Give your beautiful earrings a soft pillow for a more youthful face.

Filler Applications on the Body

  • Décolletage – smooth and fill wrinkles and restore volume to the upper torso encompassing the neck, shoulders, back, and chest enhancing your youthful appearance.

  • Hands – disguise unsightly veins and stimulate collagen for more youthful-appearing hands

  • Buttocks – to augment the buttocks, offering a non-surgical alternative to traditional buttock augmentation procedures.

  • Breasts – certain fillers can be used for non-surgical breast augmentation, providing a modest increase in breast size and improved shape.

  • Elbows and Knees – can wrinkle and sag with age. Fillers can restore volume and smooth the deep creases of the skin in these areas.

  • Feet – injected into the balls of the feet to provide extra cushioning and alleviate discomfort caused by wearing high heels or other tight-fitting shoes. Dermal filler can also correct shallow contours on the feet.

Why Scheduling a Consultation is the First Step

By scheduling a consultation with Dr. Kesty at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, you are taking the first step on your aesthetic journey. This allows for the development of a personalized treatment plan that best aligns with your unique needs and aesthetic goals.

Personalizing Treatment: The Importance of Individual Approach

Aesthetic medicine is not a one-size-fits-all field. Each treatment must be tailored to the individual patient’s unique facial anatomy, aesthetic desires, and lifestyle. This bespoke approach is at the heart of Dr. Kesty’s practice.

Improving Quality of Life with Dermal Fillers

In the hands of a skilled professional like Dr. Kesty, dermal fillers are more than just cosmetic tools—they are powerful agents for positive change. By enhancing your natural beauty and boosting your self-esteem, they can truly elevate your quality of life. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we don’t just treat skin—we transform lives. Let Dr. Kesty guide you on your aesthetic journey to a more confident, youthful you!

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More FAQs About Dermal Fillers

Can dermal fillers be reversed if I don’t like the results?

Yes, certain types of dermal fillers, specifically those based on hyaluronic acid, can be dissolved if the results are not as desired or expected. The enzyme hyaluronidase is used to quickly and effectively break down the filler, providing an important safety net for both patient satisfaction and emergency situations.

Are dermal fillers approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

Yes, several types of dermal fillers have been approved by the FDA for use in the United States. These include hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, calcium hydroxylapatite fillers like Radiesse, and poly-L-lactic acid fillers like Sculptra.

How rigorous are the clinical trials for dermal fillers in the United States?

Dermal fillers in the United States undergo rigorous clinical trials overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These trials scrutinize the safety, efficacy, and potential adverse effects of each product, ensuring it meets stringent standards before gaining approval for use in aesthetic medicine.

How does plastic surgery differ from dermal filler treatments?

Plastic surgery involves invasive procedures to significantly alter the structure and appearance of the human body parts, often under general anesthesia. On the other hand, a dermal filler procedure is minimally invasive, performed under local anesthesia, and aims to enhance facial aesthetics by restoring volume and smoothing wrinkles.

What are the risks of dermal fillers?

The potential risks of dermal fillers can include temporary side effects like redness, swelling, bruising, or discomfort at the injection site, along with rarer, more serious issues like an allergy, vascular occlusion, hematoma, nerve damage, or infection. However, these risks are greatly minimized when treatments are administered by a Board Certified Dermatologist.

How long do I have to wait to wear makeup after a filler treatment?

Generally, you can resume the use of cosmetics about 24 hours after a filler treatment. This waiting period helps to minimize the risk of infection or irritation at the injection sites. Always follow your healthcare professional’s advice regarding post-treatment care for optimal results and safety.

Are there any medications that shouldn’t be mixed with dermal fillers?

Yes, certain medications, such as blood-thinners and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may increase the risk of bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Always consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any dermal filler treatment.

What ingredients are commonly used in dermal fillers?

Common filler materials include hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid. These substances help to restore volume, stimulate collagen production, or fill in lines and wrinkles to enhance facial aesthetics.

Can dermal fillers be used elsewhere on the human body?

Yes, dermal fillers can be used in several areas of the human body. Apart from the face, fillers can also be used to add volume and smooth lines on the hands, and even for ‘non-surgical’ procedures such as buttock augmentation.

Can Dermal Fillers be used with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes! Dermal fillers can be paired with botulinum toxin (botox, jeuveau, xeomin, or dysport molecule), and laser technology for an optimized rejuvenation regimen. Facial rejuvenation is best when multiple anti-aging techniques are used by the Physician.

What is the role of elastin in skin health?

Elastin is a protein found in the human body, particularly in the dermis layer of skin as part of the skin’s connective tissue under the skin. It provides elasticity and helps the skin to return to its original position when stretched or poked, contributing significantly to youthful, firm skin. Elastin production can be stimulated by injectable dermal fillers as well as certain skincare products.

What are the potential adverse effects of dermal fillers?

Like any medical procedure, dermal filler procedures carry risks, which include bruising, edema, and itch at the injection site. Some may experience pain during the injection, though substances like lidocaine are often mixed with fillers to minimize discomfort.

Can dermal fillers cause an allergic reaction?

Allergic reactions to dermal fillers are rare. However, some patients might experience a reaction to lidocaine, an anesthetic that’s often mixed with fillers. Any allergies should be discussed with the provider during the consultation.

What role does the skill of the injector play in dermal filler treatment?

The skill and knowledge of your dermatology provider are crucial to achieving optimal results. A Board Certified Dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon, such as Dr. Kat Kesty, has an intricate understanding of facial anatomy and the appropriate techniques for subcutaneous administration to ensure safety and efficacy during the injectable filler procedure.

How does a patient’s lifestyle impact the effects of dermal fillers?

Factors such as smoking, stress, and lack of exercise can accelerate the aging process, potentially reducing the longevity of dermal filler results. A balanced lifestyle can help maintain the rejuvenating effects of dermal filler injections.

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