How do injectable dermal fillers work?
Injectable dermal fillers are gel-like substances that contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a large sugar molecule that is naturally found throughout the body and is most abundant in the skin. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to attract and bind water, which keeps the skin hydrated as well as giving it volume.
As we age, we lose volume in our face that is caused by bone resorption, fat pad loss and subsequent shifting (sagging), collagen loss and decreased hyaluronic acid production.
Dermal fillers can be used to replace this lost volume and shifting. Dermal fillers provide instant results that can last up to one year and for some products, two years. They are used to fill in lines and wrinkles as well as replace volume. They can be used around the mouth (marionette lines or smile lines), restore sunken cheeks and temples, plump and enhance lips and improve symmetry among facial features.
Dermal fillers are placed during an office visit and requires very little preparation. A topical anesthetic may be used to help reduce any discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure, you will be able to go back to normal activity. There may be some mild redness and swelling after the procedure that is normally temporary.
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