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Looking for a crash course in injectable dermal fillers? San Francisco Bay Area residents know Dr. David Mabrie practically wrote the book on using these remarkable injectable products to sculpt Your Perfect Face —from every angle, in any light. And now he’s passed that knowledge on to his Clinical Team of Injectors.

Facial dermal fillers represent a dramatic shift in the practice of facial plastic surgery. With dermal fillers, a hospital or surgery center has been replaced with a comfortable in-office setting, and a scalpel has been replaced with a microcannula. Without a single incision, dermal fillers take years off your appearance, and in the hands of a filler artist such as the Injectors at Mabrie Facial Institute, they can also sculpt and contour facial features for a look that is balanced and beautiful, as well as youthful.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable gel formulations that physically add volume within the skin, enabling your Injector to shape and sculpt the contours of your face. These are synthetic versions of substances that are produced naturally in your body, and they are gradually and harmlessly absorbed over time, so results are not permanent. However, as part of our Illumination 360° process, periodic touch-ups ensure long-lasting improvement.

Using dermal fillers as their medium, our Injectors enhance the attractiveness of your face in a way that is both subtle and significant. These products allow them to make full-face enhancements not possible through surgery alone. And since fillers are easily reversible with Hylenex, your satisfaction is ensured.

What’s the Difference Between Fillers and BOTOX?

A diagram illustrating the differences between dermal Fillers and BOTOX Cosmetic

Quick Facts About Our Fillers

Safety - All of the fillers used at our practice are FDA-approved and have a proven safety record.

Ingredients - Most of the fillers Dr. Mabrie uses are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in skin that keeps it plump, hydrated, and youthful by binding water to your cells.

Allergy Testing - None of the fillers Dr. Mabrie uses require allergy testing because they are biocompatible, meaning they are not harmful to the human body.

Comfort - All of the fillers Dr. Mabrie offers come pre-mixed with lidocaine—a local anesthetic—so all you feel is the tiny pinch of the injection. He also uses a fine, flexible microcannula instead of a sharp, rigid needle, for improved comfort.

Side Effects - The most common side effects are swelling, redness, and bruising that typically resolve within 24 to 48 hours. Learn how to minimize these on our 6 Tips for Bruising page.

What Can Fillers Do?

In the right hands, dermal fillers have amazing potential for improving the youthfulness, shape, symmetry, and proportionality of the face. There is virtually no area of the face that cannot be enhanced with fillers.

Correct

Rejuvenate

To turn back the hands of time, Dr. Mabrie uses fillers to:

  • Reduce shadows under the eyes
  • Restore volume loss around the mouth
  • Smooth lines that make you look older
Define

Contour

To turn up the voltage on your appearance, Dr. Mabrie uses fillers to highlight the defining points of the face by:

  • Enhancing the cheekbones
  • Creating a balanced chin
  • Refining and contouring the nose

How Much Do Filler Injections Cost?

We provide detailed information about the cost of treatment on our Fees & Financing page.

Are Filler Injections Painful?

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The only discomfort you should feel during your treatment is the initial tiny pinch of the injection. All the fillers our Injectors use contain a local anesthetic which numbs the area as the filler eases under the skin. And since our Injectors use a long, flexible, blunt-tipped microcannula, they’re able to inject a greater area through each injection site, which means less pokes for you!

While most injections are done with a microcannula, there is still a time and place where needles are necessary. Your Injector will determine when and where to utilize each tool, with your safety and comfort in mind.

How Long Do Fillers Last?

There are many FDA-approved dermal fillers to choose from; Mabrie Facial Institute offers RADIESSE®, JUVÉDERM®, and Restylane® products at our downtown San Francisco practice. We will determine which filler options are best for you based on your treatment concern and our expertise and experience. Each filler has its own unique characteristics and applications, and results last from 12 to 24 months.

Learn more about how long fillers last in different treatment areas by visiting Our Guide to the Longevity of Fillers.

A diagram illustrating how long a specific filler procedure will last on a given treatment area

Can Fillers Be Reversed?

Most fillers—specifically hyaluronic acid-based fillers—can be reversed with injections of a substance called Hylenex. Hylenex dissolves fillers such as JUVÉDERM and Restylane products for individuals who are unhappy with their results or simply want less volume. Because our Injectors “layer” fillers over the course of 2 appointments, it is rare that our patients want or need to have their fillers reversed.

Under-eye filler before and after. This patient had fillers administered under her eyes and experienced the Tyndall effect (blue under eyes). This was corrected by dissolving the filler with Hylenex.

JUVÉDERM Family

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JUVÉDERM Ultra

This formulation features smaller HA molecules suspended in a smooth gel carrier. It is well-suited for use on superficial lines and wrinkles and more delicate refinements. Its high concentration of HA makes it very hydrophilic, meaning it attracts more water. Our Injectors use JUVÉDERM Ultra for lines at the corners of the mouth, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines, as well as to enhance the lips.

Results typically last around 12 months.


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JUVÉDERM XC PLUS

This version of JUVÉDERM is thicker than the original, and its properties make it an excellent choice for adding structure. Our Injectors use this filler in the jawline to create definition and reduce the appearance of jowls.

Results typically last around 12 months.


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JUVÉDERM VOLLURE

VOLLURE’s formulation combines HA particles of different sizes to produce a formulation that is both durable and spreadable. It is used to treat nasolabial folds and lines on the lower face while allowing for softness and natural expression.

Results typically last around 18 months.


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JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC

VOLUMA is the thickest, strongest gel in the JUVÉDERM family. Its larger molecule size makes it more durable and ideal for deeper injection. Its primary use is to add shape and lift to the cheeks, but our Injectors also use it to augment the chin.

Results typically last around 24 months.


Learn more about the JUVÉDERM family of fillers.

Restylane® Family

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Restylane®

Restylane is another HA filler that is similar to JUVÉDERM, but also features some key differences. The concentration of HA is slightly lower in Restylane, which means it attracts less water. This is why Restylane is our choice for the under-eye area. Our Injectors prefer Restylane’s slightly firmer consistency for refining the contours of the nose and filling wrinkles and hollows in the mid and lower face, such as nasolabial folds. They sometimes use Restylane for adding volume and shape to the lips.

Results typically last around 12 months.


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Restylane® Lyft

Lyft is Restylane’s “sister” product and is somewhat comparable to JUVÉDERM VOLUMA in that it features a larger HA molecule. It is designed for injection into the deeper tissues to volumize and lift the cheeks. It is slightly firmer than VOLUMA, and our Injectors use it for nonsurgical rhinoplasty, restoring volume in the mid and lower face, and lip augmentation.

Results typically last around 12 months.


Learn more about the Restylane family of fillers.

Other Dermal Fillers

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RADIESSE®

RADIESSE is different from JUVÉDERM and Restylane in that it is not a hyaluronic acid filler. It is made of smooth calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres. These tiny particles form a scaffold, stimulating your body to produce collagen around it. This enables RADIESSE to provide both immediate and sustained results. Since RADIESSE is not hyaluronic acid-based, it is not reversible with Hylenex. Our Injectors use RADIESSE for defining areas like the cheeks and chin, creating contours with less volume addition.

Results typically last around 15 months.


Learn more about RADIESSE.

Next Steps

Visit our Treatment Timeline page to learn about your filler treatment and aftercare. If you’d like to discuss your options in person, request a consultation online or call our office at (415) 445-9513 to schedule your appointment.

If you live outside the Bay Area and are considering traveling to Mabrie Facial Institute for treatment, our Virtual Assessment is a great way to get started.

A Reputation Built on Results

You deserve the highest caliber of service, care, and results, and at Mabrie Facial Institute, we're committed to providing all that and more. But don't take our word for it—see for yourself what our actual patients have to say about their experiences with us.

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5.0/5
Jul 27, 2021
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I love this place they treat everybody so friendly and i love the environment. This is definitely my go to if I need a touch up!!
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5.0/5
Apr 6, 2021
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Loving my results so far! I can't wait to come back again! The staff was so friendly and made me feel welcomed and very safe. The office is beautiful and clean! I was immediately greeted and did a COVID screening with a temp check. They escorted me to my room with a beautiful view of SF. I felt pampered, and their customer service is excellent! The injector Tiffany answered all my questions and made me feel at ease, since this was my first time getting Botox. After she marked my face, she explained where and why she was placing the Botox in certain areas. My frown muscles were so bulky and I didn't like how it always looked like I was frowning even when my face was at rest. Now, I don't always look like I'm frowning! My frown muscles look less bulky, forehead looks smoother and I got a subtle brow lift -- I love it!
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5.0/5
Mar 29, 2021
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Very comfortable coming here. Love the remodel they did in their new office. Of course Dr. Mabrie skills are becoming legendary.
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5.0/5
Feb 19, 2021
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Dr. Mabrie and his staff are so welcoming, reassuring and most of all skilled at making you look your best. Great location and groovy vibe to the office overlooking Union Square. I got the Illuminate 360 because I deserve it!
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5.0/5
Jan 13, 2021
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They are amazing here w/ customer service, amiable, listen fully to your desires, and work their hardest to bring them to fruition whether it’s the initial appointment or in my case, complementary touch up w/in set timeframe. Just for clarification, when I put “they” I mean everyone from whomever answers the phone/anyone greeting you when the elevator’s doors open and you arrive at your appointment to your departure via the elevator again. Side note: I would include the security/door men as they’ve always been pleasant to me, but they aren’t apart of this business🙂
Google
5.0/5
Nov 18, 2020
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For my first time ever getting work done on my face, this was a great experience. They made me feel at home and comfortable which eased my fear. I got my mid-area done by Kimberly and it looks amazing. I can’t wait to fly back out there for my second session! If your looking to have work done I highly recommend them, you’ll be happy you did.
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5.0/5
Nov 18, 2020
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I've never had anything done before this. Everyone at Dr. Marbrie office made me feel right at home. I loveeee the work they did and Kim is the BEST! THANKS GUYS!!
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5.0/5
Sep 29, 2020
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I came in earlier today and got a 360 facial treatment done. Everyone in the office made me feel really comfortable. It’s a really lovely space and it’s chic but really homey. I definitely would go back and I feel safe with the results. I feel like Dr. Mabrie was very transparent about the pricing and what he would be using and where. I do still have some swelling in my chin mainly. But excited to see what it looks like when I’m healed!
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3.3/5
Aug 25, 2020
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I really like the staff here however Dr. Mabrie has one of those egoic attitudes. He is good at his job and he knows it. However, he doesn't seem interested in his patients. I have been there several times and I just kind of deal with it. I just wish he acted like he cared about his clients.
Google
5.0/5
Aug 3, 2020
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Dr. Mabrie is a wizard. After extensive research across California (SF to LA and everywhere in between) for who to consult for some of my skin concerns, I chose this clinic for Dr. Mabrie's multi-faceted expertise and reviews on meticulousness. I wasn't shorted, him and his team are incredible.
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5.0/5
Jul 8, 2020
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I've visited Mabrie Facial Institute twice, and both visits were stellar. All staff members, from the font-line staff, to assistants, all the way up to Dr. Mabrie were kind, caring, thoughtful- I honestly just can't say enough. At no time did I feel pressured about anything. Honestly (and trust me, I'm skeptical of most people), everyone there made me feel appreciated and cared for. They were patient with my endless questions, did very careful work, and were just overall so lovely and personable. I've honestly never had such a great experience before.
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5.0/5
Mar 5, 2020
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Dr David Mabrie He is amazing 😘
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5.0/5
Mar 2, 2020
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Best face guy around. Full stop.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 13, 2020
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I first came across Dr. Mabrie’s practice when I was reviewing the top 100 US aesthetic injectors list for 2019. While I had been to other offices in LA and NYC, I had been dying to go someplace in The Bay (where I live). Finally I had found a practice where I could draw up a beauty plan and see tangible, top of the line results. Fast forward to 2020 and I’m on my second visit with Kimberly for lower face enhancement and masseter slimming with Botox. The warmth, professionalism, and artistic vision of Kimberly and the Mabrie team is unparalleled — I highly recommend if you’ve been considering any type of cosmetic beautification, that you jump right into the chair at Mabrie Facial Cosmetics. Thanks again Mabrie team!! I love my results, and can’t wait to see you again in just a month’s time.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 5, 2020
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Dr. Mabrie is the most skilled filler doc in the bay area! He's so skilled and transparent about pricing. Also, his office is beautiful and the staff are so friendly. Highly recommend!!
Google
5.0/5
Jan 30, 2020
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Previously, I've used online coupons offers which slightly improved my sunken eye look, as well as the furrows on my brow and mouth. After receiving Dr. Mabrie's facial treatment, my husband who hadn't been too impressed with my coupon treatments, immediately said, "WowI Baby, you look so beautiful!" I cannot give a greater testimonial than that. And I too share my husband's sentiment - I do look damn amazing! 🙂
Google
5.0/5
Jan 29, 2020
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I have been going to Dr. Mabrie for probably seven years and I look better than ever! I saw his online discussions of his techniques and decided, this is the doctor for me! I have not been disappointed and it's definitely worth my 2.5-3 hour drive to San Francisco to get my treatments. He and his entire staff are excellent!
Google
5.0/5
Jan 28, 2020
Google Mabrie Facial Institute
I’m so happy with my results! Excellent service, David Mabrie and his team are awesome. I’m certainly coming back for a refinement treatment and touch ups in 9-12 months time. Thank you !!!!
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5.0/5
Jan 22, 2020
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If you’re interested in looking younger, or you feel self conscious about any particular part of your own face, GO SEE Dr. Mabrie! You won’t ever regret seeing this amazing, compassionate, incredibly talented and intelligent Doctor. He has changed so many lives, and he will make yours better too.
Google
5.0/5
Dec 3, 2019
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Truly, the best practitioner in the Bay Area, and one who keeps up to date on new developments in the field. Since 2017, when I first went to see Dr Mabrie after noticeable loss of volume in my face, he's carefully restored me back to my younger appearance. He doesn't ever suggest unnecessary treatments or over-inject; he's not cheap (nothing in San Francisco is), but his expert approach to fillers guarantees very natural-looking results that will elicit "Oh, you're looking so great!" comments, rather than the dreaded "Got some work done, huh?" Highly recommend him!
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