Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent. The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include exposure to sun, heredity, and lifestyle. Dermal fillers can be used to:
- Plump thin lips
- Enhance shallow contours
- Soften facial creases and wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars
Fillers are injections of safe materials that can be used to improve skin folds and wrinkles and add facial volume. Radiesse® is made of calcium hydroxylapatite and is often used in the lower half of the face to improve skin folds, deep wrinkles and to sharpen the jaw line. The results can be seen immediately after injection of Radiesse® and often lasts over 12 months. Some temporary swelling or bruising may occur.
Perlane® is a product made by the Swedish Company Q-Med Esthetics – the makers of Restylane®. Like Restylane® it is made of stabilized sterile hyaluronic acid but it is intended for the treatment of deeper wrinkles, and folds such as the nasolabial fold. Perlane® contains no animal products. Since hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin and other tissue, there is no need for a skin test when using Perlane® filler.