Most of the visible signs of facial aging can be traced back to a loss of volume. As we grow older, our bodies produce less hyaluronic acid, collagen, and other components that add volume and firmness to the skin. The gradual loss of facial volume increases skin laxity, making the skin tissue droop downward and develop deep wrinkles. As such, restoring facial volume addresses most signs of aging, including skin laxity, wrinkles, and facial folds.
And that’s precisely where facial fillers come into the picture—they’re non-surgical cosmetic injectables that restore facial volume and combat the signs of aging.
What are Facial Fillers?
Facial fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are gel-like substances injected into the skin to restore lost facial volume, fill up the wrinkles, smoothen the skin texture, and enhance facial contours. It’s currently the most popular treatment modality amongst patients who want significant anti-aging improvements without surgeries, incisions, or downtime. They’re often used for non-surgical facelifts, non-surgical rhinoplasties, and non-surgical lip augmentation.
Facial fillers can be made of various substances, such as hyaluronic acid (HA), calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), poly-L-lactic acid, and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). However, hyaluronic acid-based facial fillers provide the most immediate and impressive results because they immediately supplement your body’s naturally depleting hyaluronic acid reserves, producing instant results. Comparatively, other dermal fillers encourage your body to produce its own collagen, which may take several weeks or months.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
To understand the true value of HA-based facial fillers, you must understand their primary component. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance that adds volume and moisture to your skin. It provides incredible moisture-retention, capable of holding up to 1,000x its own weight in water. As such, individuals with higher hyaluronic acid reserves (young people) have smooth, soft, and supple skin, whereas older individuals have dry and rougher skin.
Juvederm and Restylane are currently the most effective hyaluronic acid-based facial fillers on the market.
Facial Filler Options
Juvederm is a family of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers prepared by Allergan, the makers of Botox. They’re designed to restore facial volume, enhance lip colors, and minimize facial lines and wrinkles. The most popular Juvederm formulations are Juvederm Voluma XC, Juvederm Vollure XC, Juvederm Volbella XC, and Juvederm Ultra XC.
Restylane is a family of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers designed to restore facial volume, smoothen facial wrinkles, and treat the fine lines around the mouth and eyes. The most popular and effective Juvederm products include Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Silk, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, and Restylane Kysse.
Consult Dr. Chang for Facial Fillers
Dr. Christopher Chang’s plastic surgery center in Washington DC carries the most popular and effective HA-based facial fillers to provide immediate and natural results. We carefully assess your skin quality and discuss your cosmetic concerns to recommend the ideal product or formulation for your specific needs. If you’d like to experience the benefits of dermal fillers, please schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options with Dr. Chang today.
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