When you smile, laugh, frown or squint, you contract muscles of the face. As we age, this produces deep wrinkles or furrows around the eyes and mouth, down the cheeks, and across the forehead, and of course, those pesky “11” lines between the eyebrows. All making you look older, sad, tired or angry. By replacing lost volume, fillers can “erase” these lines, while slowing the deepening process. It can also “plump up” the lips, sculpt the cheeks, and restore a youthful contouring to the face. You will immediately look more youthful and refreshed. The active ingredient in these fillers is Hyaluronic acid, which is a substance naturally produced within your skin.
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As with laser and light therapy, fillers such as Juvederm®, Voluma® and Restylane® may “buy you some time”. These are very popular because of their long safety record and their immediate improvement of deep wrinkles – perfect for those patients who procrastinated on their surgeries, only to run out of time for their class reunion or son’s wedding.
Juvederm® is an injectable gel that gently reverses many signs of aging in the face, including fine lines and wrinkles, crow's feet, thinning lips and loosening skin. It can also "plump up" the lips, sculpt the cheeks, and restore a youthful oval shape to the face. It is made with hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body that works with collagen and elastin to give volume and support to the skin.
Voluma® was specifically developed to address the growing demand for cheek augmentation and it may last up to 2 years. Not only are its effects immediate, but it is proving to be an excellent alternative to implants. It may also serve to let you “test the waters” to see if a more permanent solution, (an implant) will better address your long term needs.
BOTOX® injections are the most common cosmetic procedure. Using tiny injections, muscles that cause wrinkles are blocked, resulting in a smoothing of the skin for about 4-6 months, and in some patients, up to a year. Less wrinkles equals a more youthful, rested, less angry and less concerned look.
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