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5 Facial Areas Fillers Can Improve

While aging is inevitable, medical science has come to the rescue, so we don’t have to live with the effects of getting older. Whether your concerns include stubborn wrinkles, lines around the eyes, or lost volume in the cheeks, dermal fillers can help you.

At Tim Sayed MD Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sayed uses hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers to treat his patients in Newport Beach and La Jolla, CA. Hyaluronic acid is a compound found naturally inside the human body and is responsible for hydrating, plumping, and strengthening the skin’s barrier. Its ability to retain moisture makes it the perfect volumizer.

Customizable injectables can smooth wrinkles, add contour, and even fill in scars from past acne, all with zero downtime and immediate results. Where can you benefit from filler injections? Here’s a list of five common areas where Dr. Sayed can help you with fillers.

1. Lips

Thanks to our favorite actors and models, volumizing the lips is probably one of today’s best-known uses for dermal fillers today. Dr. Sayed can customize lip fillers to subtly or dramatically enhance your lips’ natural shape and contour, or to even out texture by filling in lines and creating symmetry.

2. The Cheeks

The cheeks are an area that tends to experience volume loss with age, especially for active people who participate in challenging, high-impact exercises. When expertly injected, dermal fillers can restore volume and the cheeks’ youthful appearance.

3. Wrinkles Around Your Mouth

Mom was right all along – if you keep making that face, it’ll eventually stay that way. You may have deeply etched smile and frown lines that remain visible even when your face is at rest. Injectable fillers minimize wrinkles like parentheses lines and marionette lines with hyaluronic acid for a smooth, glowing, youthful appearance.

4. Undereye Troughs

Whether from aging or genetics, the area underneath the eyes can become increasingly hollow and dark. The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, making it even more susceptible to lost volume and discoloration. Dr. Sayed uses the smallest needle possible to allow precise filler injections. You will look more awake and rejuvenated than ever before.

5. Acne Scars

Dermal fillers are also incredibly popular for filling in scarring on the face, particularly acne scars. Acne not only causes breakouts that leave your skin red, inflamed, and sensitive, but the evidence of acne can stick around even long after the blemishes are gone. Dr. Sayed can use dermal fillers to carefully fill in deep crevices, pits, and marks left behind by acne. Your makeup will look better, or you can even go completely makeup free with confidence.

Schedule Your Dermal Filler Consultation in San Diego, CA

Take control of your aging process. With dermal fillers, anyone can volumize their face, enhance their natural beauty, and regain their self-confidence without any major procedures. To learn more about the benefits of dermal fillers, call Tim Sayed MD Plastic Surgery at (858) 247-2933 or contact us through our website to schedule your consultation.

What are Some Non-Invasive Options for Facial Rejuvenation?

Restoring a youthful appearance is the goal of many patients who visit Dr. Tim Sayed in Newport Beach. In the past, surgery has been the most effective course of action to reduce the signs of aging and rejuvenate the face. While surgery such as facelift and browlifts certainly provide outstanding facial rejuvenation results, some patients would prefer a non-invasive, non-surgical approach. 

Fortunately, there are many ways to bring back a youthful appearance that don’t involve surgery.

In this article, we explore some of the options available for non-invasive facial rejuvenation. You’ll learn about the benefits and pros and cons of many different treatments, including Botox® injections, dermal fillers, the liquid facelift, the hydrafacial, and two newly available procedures at Dr. Sayeds Newport Beach Plastic Surgery Clinic, the Cynosure Potenza RF Microneedling Device, and the ICON 1540HNM laser.

Botox® Injections

Botox® – or botulinum toxin – is a purified nerve toxin that’s used to treat muscle spasms and other conditions. When injected into the skin, it temporarily paralyzes muscles, making them less active. It’s also used for cosmetic purposes to reduce wrinkles and crow’s feet, giving the face a youthful glow. Dr. Sayed uses it in various forms to help people with their facial rejuvenation. Botox® is a great way to reduce wrinkles and puffiness in the face without surgery temporarily.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are substances that can be injected into the skin to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, giving the face a more youthful look. The most common type of filler is made from hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the human body. This substance is injected into wrinkles around the eyes and mouth to plump them up – or to reduce them. By using dermal fillers, you can make your face more youthful-looking without surgery.

Liquid Facelift

Liquid facelifts are the non-surgical alternative to a surgical facelift. They’re very similar in the way they work – but require less downtime. A liquid facelift involves injecting a tailored mix of Botox® and dermal fillers into the skin around the mouth, throat, neck and lower face. This solution acts on skin tissue just like a dermal filler. It plumps up wrinkled areas and gives the rest of the face more volume.


A Hydrafacial is a non-invasive facial treatment that uses a device to exfoliate, stimulate circulation and do facial massage for the purpose of better skin health. The procedure removes old skin cells while firming up the new underlying cells, giving the face a much-rejuvenated appearance without needing surgery.

Cynosure Potenza RF Microneedling Device

This device from Cynosure is the new standard in RF microneedling with revolutionizing enhanced topical penetration. With four different RF modes, monopolar, bipolar, 1 & 2 MHz, this system can treat all skin types in all different seasons on any part of the body. This novel technology can smooth and tighten the skin in highly precise areas, improve localized skin blemishes, and can also be used to firm up larger areas of skin.

ICON 1540HNM Laser

Icon’s well established and highly regarded fractional laser skin resurfacing treatment fixes numerous skin conditions with minimal downtime. Delivering light energy through the skin cells, the ICON 1540 fractional laser stimulates skin coagulation in columns, surrounded by healthy skin, enabling the body’s natural collagen production process and creating new, younger, healthier skin around the treatment area.

The industry-leading procedure can treat acne scarring, surgical or traumatic scars, and can resurface skin that has impaired texture, tone, or other blemishes caused by sun exposure or the aging process. Stretch marks from pregnancy, growth spurts, and significant changes in body weight can also be treated with the ICON 1540HNM laser.  

Non-Invasive Facial Rejuvenation in Newport Beach, CA

Feeling and looking rejuvenated gives patients a new breath of confidence in their day to day lives. With these non-invasive procedures, patients can look and feel younger without needing downtime, and for very affordable prices. Reach out to Dr. Tim Sayed in Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA on (858) 247-2933 or via this online form to arrange a quick virtual consultation to discover how we can help you look and feel your best.

Is Facial Fat Grafting Better Than Dermal Fillers?

Restoring volume to sunken facial features is one of the primary goals patients have when considering their facial rejuvenation options.

Two specific procedures effectively add volume to your face – facial fat grafting and dermal fillers. Which approach suits you will depend on your circumstances and desired results.

Here, we’ll discuss the differences between facial fat grafting and dermal fillers and provide advice on which procedure better suits your needs.

Facial Fat Grafting

Facial fat grafting is a surgical procedure that involves transferring fat from one area of your body to the facial area you want to volumize. It can minimize and correct the appearance of sunken eyes, deep lines, and wrinkles and folds around the mouth, chin, and neck. The process requires harvesting fat cells from a donor site where you have them to spare, then purifying and processing that tissue in a centrifuge before injecting it into the facial areas of concern.

People choose this option when they don’t want to introduce foreign substances into their body – your natural biology helps restore your facial volume and youth. Results take between three to five months to fully show, as the reintroduced fat cells need time to settle and begin growing again. The procedure is ideal for people who want to subtle results and don’t mind waiting a bit longer for their appearance to change.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are Hyaluronic acid-based injectables used in the treatment of facial wrinkles and fine lines. They help raise and shape the lips, eyebrows, and skin surrounding the nose and mouth. Fillers are a non-surgical procedure that involve introducing biocompatible material into the skin for temporary enhancement of facial features.

Dermal fillers are fast-acting, and results appear almost immediately. When done by a highly trained and experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Sayed, the procedure requires almost no downtime, with long-lasting results. Many people choose injectables when they want instant gratification and don’t mind scheduling brief touch-up visits to prolong their results.

Facial Fat Grafting and Dermal Fillers in Newport Beach, CA

Selecting between semi-invasive and non-invasive procedures, such as facial fat grafting or dermal fillers, is a choice all aesthetic patients must make. Discussing your options with an empathetic, experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Tim Sayed, can give the best possible results. Reach out to Dr. Sayed in Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA, at (858) 247-2933 or via our online form to arrange a quick virtual consultation to discover how we can help you look and feel your best.

Is There Anything You Can Do to Make Fillers Last Longer?

Patients in Southern California love the immediate anti-aging aesthetic benefits provided by dermal fillers administered by Dr. Sayed.

However, one issue facing dermal filler patients is that they are not permanent anti-aging solutions. Unlike a rhinoplasty or brow lift, which are permanent surgeries, dermal fillers and designed to breakdown over time. This brings the added benefit of being hugely customizable, but patients often wish to prolong the effects dermal fillers provide them.

Here, Dr. Tim Sayed offers five easy-to-implement tips on prolonging the lifespan of your dermal fillers.

1)   Practice Good Skin Protection

As we all know, overexposure to the sun’s rays is harmful to our skin, eyes, and overall health. Dermal fillers are not an exception. The sun’s UV rays will gradually breakdown dermal fillers faster than expected.

As such, protecting your skin with SPF 50+ sunscreen, wearing wide-brimmed hats, and avoiding direct sunlight for extended periods all contribute to longer-lasting dermal fillers.

2)   Eat Healthy, Whole Foods

Sugar and processed foods cause inflammation in the body. With inflammation, the metabolism is increased as the immune system struggles to handle the chemicals it is processing. By eating whole, natural foods such as veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts, and protein sources, you reduce the inflammation in your body, thus slowing the rate at which dermal filler injections are broken down.

3)   Be Aware of Exercise

As we have mentioned, the faster your metabolism, the quicker your body breaks down substances in it. As such, over-exercising speeds up your metabolism. While this may be a good thing for certain people, those hoping to prolong the results from dermal fillers will want to monitor their exercise and keep it to the necessary amounts.

4)   Avoid Stress

Stressful situations and a hectic mindset increase cortisol levels in the body. This contributes to faster aging and shorter-lived results from dermal fillers. Learn to identify the events in your life that trigger stress, and either avoid these or find better ways handling stress such as meditation or breathing exercises.

5)   Have a Skincare Routine

Keeping your skin clean, fresh, and moisturized with exfoliation and hydration significantly increases the lifespan of dermal fillers as it keeps them hydrated. Many fillers, such as Juvéderm®, are made from hyaluronic acid, a water-binding agent; thus, moisturizing areas with dermal fillers prevents their breakdown and prolongs their results.

Partner with Dr. Sayed

Dermal fillers provide outstanding and convenient anti-aging results. While the effect will wear off after several months, patients of Dr. Sayed in La Jolla and Newport Beach, CA, find that one or two touch-up appointments a year is more than enough to get the best out of their dermal fillers.

To book your consultation, please contact Dr. Sayed at 1 858 247 2933 or fill out his online contact form.

Everything You Need to Know About Hyaluronic Acid

Almost everyone is looking for that magic skincare ingredient that will hydrate, treat common skin conditions, and slow down the effects of aging. There have been plenty of ‘miracle ingredients’ that have been touted in the media over the years, all working to various degrees. One of the newest that has been proven to have real results is hyaluronic acid, also known as HA. Never heard of HA? Here’s what you need to know about this powerful substance and how it can help you fight the aging process.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

A carbohydrate molecule, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body with 50% of it found in the skin. The purpose of HA is to hydrate and lubricate joints as well as connective and skin tissue. It works like a magnet to attract hydration and helps your cells retain as much moisture as possible. In fact, just one gram of this acid can hold up to six liters of water! When you have enough HA, your skin appears hydrated and healthy. However, as the body ages, it naturally loses HA, which can lead to a loss of volume, brightness, and suppleness in the skin.

Is Hyaluronic Acid Safe?

Because it is naturally occurring in the body, hyaluronic acid is very safe to incorporate into your skincare regimen. Though it is referred to as an ‘acid’, this does not mean it will burn or damage the skin in any way. In fact, it’s milder than other acids that are routinely used in facial treatments such as chemical peels. HA is approved by the FDA and when applied topically or injected into the skin, it is treated as a natural substance by the body.

What Skincare Conditions Can Hyaluronic Acid Treat?

Hyaluronic Acid is one of those superstars that works wonders for any skin types. Its amazing hydrating properties can decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles as well as stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which results in tighter, more youthful looking skin. It can also treat oily or acne-prone skin, and acts as an antioxidant to fight free radicals and other damaging agents and slow down the appearance of age-related damage such as uneven skin tone, sun spots, and loss of firmness. HA also has soothing properties that can reduce symptoms of rosacea and eczema and aids in the body’s natural healing process, helping the skin recover from damage like sunburn and other traumas.

How You Can Incorporate It into Your Skincare Regimen

There are a number of ways you can benefit from the many positive properties of HA. Buying high-quality skincare products from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon will ensure you get the highest level of HA in a product that is easily absorbed and utilized by your skin. Though some less expensive products may say they have HA, they may not have them in high enough doses to make much of an impact on your skin.

You can also harness the power of Hyaluronic Acid by getting HA-based dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®. These substances can be injected into your skin by a professional plastic surgeon or dermatologist to smooth out lines and wrinkles and restore volume to skin that is showing signs of aging. As a dermal filler, HA not only plumps the skin, but it continues to attract more moisture, which hydrates and renews the skin.

Where Can I Get Hyaluronic Acid?

It’s important to talk to a knowledgeable plastic surgeon such as Dr. Sayed before incorporating HA into your skincare regimen. Though using less expensive HA skincare products will not harm you, you will not see the results that come from the professional recommendation and use of HA in high-quality products or in injectables such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®. Dr. Sayed is a double board certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for over 13 years. He has extensive knowledge about how to use HA-based products and procedures to create the best results for your unique skincare needs. He has convenient offices in southern California and is known throughout the country as an expert in his field.

If you’re ready to harness the power of HA and experience its hydrating and anti-aging properties, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed today.