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Lifting & Contouring With Fillers

Attractive cheekbones are an important element of facial beauty. Well-defined cheeks create balance, improve the facial profile, and are a symbol of youth. Some men and women are frustrated because their cheeks have never been well-contoured, while many others have lost facial volume with age and would like to restore fullness for a more youthful appearance. With dermal fillers such as RADIESSE®, JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, and Restylane®, no matter what the reason for cheek enhancement, improvement is possible.

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Case 367

ABOUT OUR PATIENT "Practice what you preach." Now that's a piece of wisdom I think everyone should follow, especially if you happen to be in the cosmetic surgery biz. You always hear me telling you to stay beautiful by committing to the transformative process of using non-surgical dermal fillers. Well, guess what? I do the same thing myself. You could say the patient for this case, which happens...

Case 366

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Does this patient look familiar to some of you? Well, She ought to. She's my medical assistant, Nicole! You'll see helping me out around the office with surgeries and filler injections. (She's almost like magicians apprentice.) Since she's a big part of the Mabrie family, I wanted to show off the results of some of the wonderful rejuvenative filler work we've done for her. Why? ...

Case 352

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This young lady is a professional writer living in San Francisco. For ten long years, she'd been considering having cosmetic surgery to preserve her signature youthful charm. Like most of those who choose my practice, she didn't want to look too "done" or "plastic". So she took her time looking around, considering her options, and doing some soul searching. Upon checking out so...

Case 348

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This particular case is one that I'm very excited to share with you. This patient had been seeking help around San Francisco for non-surgical rejuvenation when he found our practice online. He knew he wanted to look more refreshed to reflect his charismatic personality, but he wasn't sure what kind of treatment would help him accomplish this. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN During...

Case 343

ABOUT OUR PATIENT   Ever since she could remember, this patient had laugh lines that distracted from her graceful good looks. Last year, after searching around for non-surgical laugh line reduction in San Francisco, she was referred to our practice by one of her good friends. Soon after, she stopped by my office for an in-depth consultation.    DR. MABRIE’S TREATMENT PLAN&...

Case 314

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This patient of mine is an African American man in his 20's. He started becoming interested in non-surgical cosmetic procedures after deciding that he wanted a more defined nose and enhanced facial appearance. After seeing some of my YouTube videos online, he came into our San Francisco office for a consultation to find out how using facial dermal fillers could significantly tra...

Case 296

ABOUT OUR PATIENT After considering under eye treatment for quite some time, this young man from California felt he looked tired and older than he felt, and wanted to get rid of his dark under eye circles. I was happy to consult with him when he stopped into my San Francisco Bay Area office. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN This patient had moderately severe dark circles under his eyes. These shadow...

Case 231

About Our Patient  This patient is a California Bay Area man in his 50's. He was experiencing an issue with moderately loose skin under his eyes and around his neck. In short, this patient was starting to see the physical effect that gravity has on the face as we age. After visiting my downtown San Francisco office looking for information on face and neck liposuction, we came up with an appr...

Case 230

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Developing bags under your eyes is a common sign of aging that can be easily remedied with the use of facial Dermal Fillers. This particular patient of mine, from Northern California, approached me about the bags she started seeing beneath her eyes. She visited my office located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, and we discussed non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic so...

Case 202

Background: This San Francisco woman in her 30’s came to Dr. Mabrie unsatisfied with previous Botox and IPL procedures.  She was interested in treatment to her dark under eye circles and deep forehead wrinkles.  During her consultation, she expressed concerns with bruising, recovery time, frequency of follow-up appointments and cost. Dr. Mabrie’s Assessment: &ldqu...

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3 Main Advantages of Dermal Fillers vs. Surgery

No down time needed! Surgery leaves patients swollen for 1 to 2 weeks, and final results can take up to 2 months to be seen. Dermal fillers provide immediate results with little to no bruising and swelling.

Dr. - Patient Interaction: Dr. Mabrie is able to work with you in real time to ensure he achieves your cosmetic goals. You are able to make suggestions on where the dermal filler is placed and how much is used.

Lowered Risk: There is much less risk of complication and infection when using dermal fillers rather than implants.

How Cheek Dermal Fillers Work

Dermal fillers are FDA-approved products made with naturally occurring substances. They are injected beneath the skin in the targeted areas using a very fine needle. Once the filler substance has been injected, it plumps up the skin from beneath, filling wrinkles or augmenting facial features such as cheeks. People often combine dermal fillers with BOTOX® Cosmetic for more complete facial enhancement.

Treatment with dermal fillers is entirely non-surgical and can be performed right in Dr. Mabrie's office. During the cheek enhancement procedure, the filler material can be injected in several ways, such as:

  • Above the cheekbones to achieve a chiseled look
  • Into the soft tissue of the cheeks, "lifting" the area to correct an aged or sunken appearance

When performed by Dr. Mabrie in San Francisco, injections of cheek dermal fillers such as Restylane, JUVÉDERM, and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC achieve very natural-looking improvement. The results can last from several months to over a year, depending upon the specific filler used. Treatment is repeatable to ensure continued improvement, and fine adjustments can be made with each procedure.

Some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as swelling, bruising, pain, itching, discoloration, and tenderness at the injection site. For additional information, read what to expect during and after your treatment.

For a gentler injection procedure, Dr. Mabrie offers the innovative microcannula injection method. These blunt-ended microcannulas cut fewer arteries and veins than needles, resulting in significantly less after-treatment bruising and swelling. The microcannula technique is available upon request.

Treating Dark Circles with Dermal Fillers

January 2013

Choose a Skilled Injector

Many surgeons, dermatologists, and other practitioners offer dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases. However, using dermal fillers to contour facial features, such as cheeks, requires a level of skill that few physicians possess. Dr. Mabrie is among this elite group. His unique understanding of facial anatomy, developed through his training and experience as a facial plastic surgeon, enables him to effectively use dermal fillers as a sculpting tool.

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon David C. Mabrie M.D., F.A.C.S.

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The Surgeon

Dr. David Mabrie offers:

  • Double board certification
  • Excellent training & experience
  • Specialization in the face and neck
  • A trainer's skill in injectable filler techniques
Why Dr. Mabrie
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Dr. Mabrie works with men and women from throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Pinole. Request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513 for more information.

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Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
166 Geary Street #1502
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 445-9513
Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
1700 San Pablo Avenue Suite F
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-3200