Sometimes, no matter how youthful you feel, your face tells a different story. Sunlight, natural aging and lifestyle factors can diminish two important substances that we have an abundance of in youth – collagen and hyaluronic acid. These dermal materials help keep your skin looking smooth and supple.
Collagen is a protein that provides your skin with structural support. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in all living cells that attracts and binds water, hydrating your skin and giving it volume. As these substances diminish, the skin loses stricture and volume and unwelcome lines and wrinkles appear.
An emerging trend is to temporarily replace this loss by using collagen and hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers (i.e. Restylane, Juvederm, Cosmoderm, Cosmoplast) to smooth away these unwanted lines and wrinkles. Common treatment areas include the nasolabial folds (laugh lines), oral commissures (marionette lines), perioral lines (vertical lip lines) and the lip border. It is also used to fill facial and acne scars. There is no pre-treatment skin testing needed for these innovative new treatments, and the results are immediate.