Dermal Fillers

Collagen is a natural protein in the skin which gives it support and shape. As we age collagen cells reduce in number; this causes the skin to lose elasticity, resulting in the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are therefore used in aesthetic medicine to smooth out or fill up these lines and replace the lost collagen. Hyaluronic acid is the most common dermal filler. The areas most amenable to fillers are the nose to mouth grooves (nasolabial lines), the horizontal lines on the upper lip (lipstick lines), marionette lines and acne pits. Dermal fillers are injected into these areas and instantly smooth and reduce the visible contours. Dermal fillers may also be used to subtly enhance narrow lips and sunken cheeks and can be used to contour the bridge of the nose. The current market leaders producing these fillers are Juvederm and Restylane; they last approximatly 6 to 9 months. The procedure only takes a matter of minutes. A thin needle is used to inject small volumes of the filler into the specific area. There is minimal bleeding, and mild discomfort during the procedure. Afterwards there may be some very mild bruising, but almost all normal activities may be immediately resumed, so there is virtually no down time.

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