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Facelift Soft tissue fillers are used to add volume to the face, to treat deep folds and creases. Most fillers used today are made of hyaluronic acid (a naturally-occurring component of connective tissues). This includes Restylane®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, and Belotero®. These products produce immediate volume changes by filling in or adding to the tissues where they are injected. Sculptra® is a different kind of “filler” – rather than adding the injected volume of the product, Sculptra® stimulates your body’s own cells to make more collagen! The result is a longer-lasting revolumization, and a fresher, more youthful look.

Sculptra® is injectable poly-L-lactic acid, a material commonly used in absorbable sutures. This product is used throughout the face for a complete volume enhancement. Commonly treated areas include the temples, cheeks, jawline (including the chin), and nasolabial folds (the lines beside the mouth, sometimes called “parentheses”). For most patients, two or three treatment sessions give the best results. These are typically performed about 6 weeks apart. The treatment is done in the office, using a combination of topical numbing and local anesthesia. Injections are placed beneath the skin surface to stimulate the body’s collagen-producing cells. As the body generates these proteins, volume is added over a period of weeks. The improved contour and brighter appearance of the skin surface results in a more youthful face.

Dr. Ransom is skilled in the use of fillers of all types, including Sculptra®, Restylane®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, Belotero® and Radiesse®. He uses each of these products according to patient preference. In addition, Dr. Ransom recommends the use of specific fillers in certain areas of the face due to the different thickness and durability of each formulation. For a complete facial revolumization, Sculptra® Aesthetic offers an excellent, longer-lasting alternative to more traditional fillers. Call to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!

Who is a candidate?

Anyone who is looking to add volume to the face or treat deep lines and folds is a candidate for soft tissue fillers. Depending on the areas you want to be treated, and the severity of the folds or devolumization, different filler products may be recommended. The only contraindications for filler injections are active infection in the area to be injected or a history of allergic reaction to the product. Dr. Ransom can discuss the details of filler treatments, facial volume restoration, and the “liquid lift”, during your consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How long does Sculptra® last?
Answer: Different fillers last for different amounts of time, and there is certainly some variability between patients. A full Sculptra® treatment generally lasts 18 to 24 months. Repeated treatments, however, can result in even longer (and sometimes permanent) revolumization. Scluptra® can be an excellent alternative to facial fat grafting. Variability depends on each person’s unique metabolism and other factors.
Question: Will the treatment hurt?
Answer: This is a common question for first-time patients. Dr. Ransom uses a specially formulated topical numbing cream before filler treatments to make the process as comfortable as possible. In addition, he uses fillers that have been pre-mixed with numbing medicine, so that each injection is accompanied by a small dose. Finally, for sensitive areas, Dr. Ransom will perform specific nerve blocks to make the procedure completely painless. Some patients opt to take a mild oral sedative prior to the treatment; this can be discussed at your consultation. Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during your visit!

Please note that all patients are different and individual healing times and results may vary. The statements regarding procedures and recovery made here are general rules.

Our Patient Reviews

San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery

5 / 5.0

Based on 23 reviews

Christina G.

I had several nasal/sinus issues including a severely deviated septum and a dorsal hump, which I wasn't crazy about. Dr Ransom did both the medical and aesthetic parts of my surgery and he did a wonderful job! While I did have some swelling, I didn't experience much bruising at all. I loved that he left the natural look of my nose just making small corrections. My breathing has GREATLY improved. His office staff was super helpful in scheduling and making sure payment and everything was very clear. I am very, very, very pleased with my results!!

Tk I.

I had a terrible surf accident in Bali and needed to get 50 stitches to repair what the reef did to my face. I had emergency cosmetic surgery in Bali the day of the accident. Immediately when i got back to the states i was introduced to Dr Ransom through some mutual friends. I was searching for the best cosmetic surgeon in San Francisco to help in my recovery. He and his team have been amazing! he helped establish a plan for my post-op wound care/treatment and administered some initial laser treatments. Dr Ransom and his team are extremely knowledgeable and very patient / helpful. I am very grateful for their help and support. I am finally looking normal again!

Joey B.

I had three issues with my nose - which inhibited my breathing: 1- broken nose, 2 - narrow nostrils that collapsed when I inhaled through my nose, 3 - deviated septum. When I was living in New York, I went to see a doctor about my breathing issues, and he said my skin was too thin and there was likely nothing he could do to rectify the problem. Dr. Ransom was recommended by an ENT I saw through One Medical. As soon as he saw him, he said he could easily fix my nose, and remove the bump that had formed from the trauma. His confidence and strong sense of self immediately put me at ease, and I had little doubt that he could accomplish exactly what he promised. He showed me a modified picture of my nose , and really liked what he proposed. The end result very closely matched what he promised. Not only can I now breath much more easily through my nose, it looks much better. He managed to make it look like an improved version of itself, however I still look like me, and unless I tell anyone I had it done, it's not overly noticeable, which I prefer. I'm pretty vain and very critical, and I can say that Dr. Ransom is great, and comes highly recommended.

Edward T.

Doctor Evan Ransom took my surgery on relatively short order and did a wonderful job. He is very talented and has a nice friendly professional support staff. I can not thank him enough, he was calm, caring, professional and interested in the follow results of his work . He seemed to bring a certain artistry to the profession.

Lisa C.

Dr. Ransom is a talented physician. He is knowledgeable, professional and goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable during your treatments. He has been blessed with an artistic eye which brings wonderful results. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom and would refer all of my friends and family members to choose him as their physician.

Cheryl H.

Dr Ransom is very kind, honest, and conscience doctor. I was referred by my best friend, she is also Doctor Ransom patient. She has so much good things said about Doctor Ransom. So I had a face lift done by Doctor Ransom on July 2015. He did a wonderful job on my face and I have a lot of compliments on my face. So if anyone want to get their face done. I would highly recommended Doctor Ransom to you. I give Doctor Ransom a five stars.

Jill P.

I have currently been getting botox regularly with Dr. Ransom and he does a fantastic job. My previous doctor's office moved to another location where it was no longer convenient. I didn't realize what I was missing until I went to Dr. Ransom. I felt really comfortable, but most important he did a terrific job blowing my previous doctor out of the park. (Sometimes it's good switch it up a bit to make sure you are getting the best treatment.) On top of that, Dee the office manager is an incredible asset to the office. She personalizes your visit and relationship with the office to an extent I have never experienced before. I even get follow up calls to see how I am doing after a treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom for his great work, and his team's impeccable customer service.

Arielle C.

Dr. Ransom and Dee are the BEST! Whether it's aesthetic or reconstructive, I'd trust him over and over again with my face.