WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS? WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?
Juvederm and other dermal fillers are made of a naturally occurring gel-like material, hyaluronic acid (HA), that your body produces on its own. Our bodies production of HA is not enough, and can be supplemented with dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid delivers nutrients to the skin, helping the skin retain moisture and softness, diminishing facial lines and restoring volume and fullness in the face.
As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent.
The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle.
WHAT DERMAL FILLERS CAN DO
- Plump thin lips
- Enhance shallow contours
- Soften facial creases and wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars
- Reconstruct contour deformities in the face
- Decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids
Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.
WHAT DERMAL FILLERS CAN’T DO
For some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift or eye lift may be the best approach. Nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments, such as soft tissue fillers, cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time when consideration of a facelift becomes appropriate. It is important to remember that dermal fillers are temporary treatments for facial aging and that ongoing treatments will be needed for long-term results.