Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)Versa is the newest filler that Nuance Facial Plastics has added to our offerings, and is a welcome addition because it can be used to treat many areas of the face.  It is a filler based on hyaluronic acid, like the Restylane and Juvederm product lines. 
Versa is a filler with intermediate consistency.  That is, it is not one of the “thin” fillers like Restylane Silk, Restylane Refyne, Belotero, or Juvederm Volbella.  It is not a “stiff” filler like Restylane Lyft, Radiesse, or Juvederm Voluma.  In the middle of the pack along with Restylane, it is versatile enough to be used in the tear troughs, cheeks, smile lines, and lips.  

How Does Versa Compare to Other fillers?

In my experience so far, I have found Versa to be a product with good longevity, and with less short term swelling than some other products.  This reduced swelling is especially good for treating the tear troughs and lips, which have a higher tendency to swell.  Though swelling does ultimately resolve with fillers, usually after 2-4 days, having less short term sw Save & Exit elling is a benefit that our patients have noticed.

How is Versa Injected?

Both methods of injecting, needle as well as a cannula, work well with this product.  While injectors have their preferences about how they like to inject, Versa looks great whichever method is used.  More important than the technique used is the placement of the product and the judgement about how much product to use.

How do I Prepare for a Versa Treatment?

An office visit typically starts with a discussion about what to address, and then standardized pictures are taken.  After pictures, a numbing cream is applied to the area to be treated if using a needle technique, or a small amount of lidocaine is injected to numb the skin if a cannula is to be used.  After several minutes pass, the filler is injected, followed by a pause to look in the mirror at the results.  Once the injection is complete, post-procedure pictures are taken before the visit is complete.  Though this sounds like a long process, it is quite fast and can take as little as 15 minutes using a cannula technique.  Additional time is required if using a needle because the numbing cream needs to sit on the skin for 20 minutes prior to injecting.

What can I Expect After a Treatment?

The numbness from the lidocaine in the Versa typically wears off after 1-2 hours.  Depending on the area being treated, there may be some swelling that becomes evident the day after getting an injection.  Most patients do not get swelling, but if you do, it may last for 2-4 days.  There is a chance of bruising when getting any injections into the skin, and if you do develop a bruise, please inform us, as there may be options to help your body absorb the bruise faster, such as an IPL spot treatment.  We ask that patients refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 48 hours after getting any injections to minimize the risk of bruising.
If you have any questions about your post-injection healing, please call or text Nuance Facial Plastics at our office number, (704) 593-6802, to give us an update.

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