As we age, we naturally lose facial subcutaneous fat which contributes to volume loss. Additionally, the mid face begins to descend which contributes to the nasolabial folds (folds that extend from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth) and marionette lines (lines that extend from the corners of the mouth down to the chin area) becoming more prominent. Dermal or soft tissue fillers are used to fill lines and restore volume. These products work differently from botulinum toxin (Botox) which is designed to treat dynamic wrinkles (those caused by repeated muscle movement).
The mainstay of soft tissue fillers for facial volume loss and wrinkles are products that contain Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acids are “polysaccharides” or sugars, which occur naturally in the skin and joints. They help to fill or plump the skin by attracting water to them. We offer several Hyaluronic acid fillers and have carefully selected these products based on safety and effectiveness. Your provider will determine the most appropriate product to use based on the area being treated, depth of wrinkle, and amount of volume loss. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last between 6 months to 2 years and are often used in combination with Botox.