Fillers: Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and Radiesse
As you age, one way your skin changes is by reducing the production of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that hydrates and thickens your skin. Over time, the loss of hyaluronic acid results in wrinkles and deepening folds like the ones around your mouth. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful and plumped up begin to break down often leaving facial creases. Injectable fillers can fill in these lines and creases, restoring a more youthful looking appearance. They can fill out deep facial wrinkles, creases and furrows, “sunken” cheeks, skin depressions and some types of scars. They can also be used to add a fuller, more sensuous look to the lips.
Knowing your options
The choices of hyaluronic acid are Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and Radiesse. Each have slightly different characteristics that can optimize the correction of the area of your concern. You should discuss with your plastic surgeon which will be best for you. These products now contain Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to help make your treatment more comfortable than in the past. Treatment takes only a few minutes and results are seen immediately. The newest innovation is the use of special injection cannullas that minimize any post-treatment swelling or bruising.