Dermal fillers AKA soft tissue augmentation is a great way to restore volume in the face that is lost as we age. After the age of 30 we lose about 1-2% of collagen each year. Collagen is an abundant protein found in our bodies. It is the building blocks and structure of our skin, hair, and nails among other things. Responsible for the firmness of our skin, think about how resilient and firm a 20-year-old face appears versus a 50-year-old face and voilà you have now noted loss of collagen.
One of the quickest ways to restore volume from collagen loss is through the use of Hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar substance that occurs within the body believed to nourish and hydrate the collagen keeping skin plump, supple and fresh looking. As you guessed, this too decreases significantly as we age. We now have the ability to restore some of the lost volume through the use of soft tissue fillers. While there is an abundance of soft tissues fillers on the market and each holds its place in the world of medical aesthetics for the purposes of this article, we will be discussing only the use of Hyaluronic acid fillers.
Hyaluronic acid fillers consist of Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero products. Hyaluronic acid fillers are injected into areas where loss of collagen has occurred to help plump the skin, restore volume, minimize folds and fill-in wrinkles. Dermal fillers are injected via needles or cannulas. Typical areas include the lines that run from the sides of your nose toward the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds) and the lines that run from the corner of your mouth toward the chin (marionette lines), cheeks, lips, temples, jowls and even hands. Younger people are also using hyaluronic acid fillers to enhance their features. Unfortunately, Hyaluronic acid fillers are not approved for people under the age of 21. Overtime, the hyaluronic acid is reabsorbed by your body and your fillers will start to diminish. This process typically happens somewhere between 6-12 months. After this you may require repeated treatment.