Aspen, Colorado – Expanding one’s filler capabilities to more challenging areas allows core aesthetic specialists to differentiate themselves from less educated and skilled providers, said Kenneth Beer, M.D., at The Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC).
Although the temples, chin, jawline, tear trough and frontalis are difficult to inject, he said, mastering these skills can be very rewarding. “These new areas offer a point of distinction for us as the core aesthetic physicians. We cannot distinguish ourselves by filling areas that other providers can fill. These are the areas in which we need to excel.”
Enhancement with aesthetic fillers suits the jaw area well, he said. “The jaw is going to be a big, exciting area. We will see a lot of information about this in the near future.”
A jaw angle blurred by age-related changes makes a major difference in how someone is perceived, said Dr. Beer. He suggested injecting hyaluronic acid (HA) or calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa) in this area, preferably with a cannula. Physicians with a medium skill level can inject horizontally along the bottom of the mandible, he said, while injecting vertically on the jawline is “a bit more challenging. If you’re going to do it, work with a mentor who’s done many of these injections.”
Regarding treatment volumes, “Err on the side of caution – about 1 cc of product on each side, maybe a bit more.” He has patients return in one or 2 months to see if they need additional injections.
Dr. Beer is a CBC cofounder, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, a consulting associate with Duke University and a clinical associate in dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
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