We may feel that plump-looking skin that has a fullness to it is what best communicates a youthful appearance. However, wrinkle fillers may indicate that smooth is the new plump! Think about it! Santa’s face is full and plump, but you can tell he is an old man because of his nasolabial folds and other lovable wrinkles. Smoothing out the skin with hyaluronic acid is a new trend in the world of cosmetic surgery. Dermal fillers like Juvederm, Perlane, Elevess, and others can be used to improve the contours of your skin and reduce depressions that have been caused by injuries, scars, or lines.
Hyaluronic Acid and Dermal Fillers
Believe it or not, hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your body. The highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid are found in soft connective tissues in your body. Soft connective tissues are the most common type of tissues found in your body and is found in many places including your fibrous tissues, fat, cartilage, bone, bone marrow, and blood. Hyaluronic acid is also highly concentrated in the fluid surrounding your eyes, cartilage and joint fluids, and skin tissues. Doctors can extract this acid, reformulate it, and turn it into an injectable filler that is gaining popularity fast. You may recognize the term “hyaluronic acid” already because it is also used by doctors to inject into aching arthritic joints. When injected it can provide some patients with extra cushioning and ease their pain.
What Areas Are Best Improved By Hyaluronic Acid?
The areas that have a potential for dramatic improvement are areas that need better contour and smoothness rather than fullness. Examples are:
- Acne Scars
- Cheek depressions
- Crow’s feet at the corner of your eyes
- Deep smile lines that run from the side of your nose to corners of your mouth (also known as nasolabial furrows/folds)
- Frown lines between your eyebrows
- Marionette lines at the corners of your mouth
- Redefining your lip border
- Scars including burns, acne and those caused by wounds
- Smoker’s lines; vertical lines on your mouth
- Some facial scars
- Worry lines that run across your forehead
Dermal fillers differ in chemical makeup, longevity and have different degrees of softness. Softer fillers are used in the lips; sturdier fillers might be desired to enhance cheekbones.
Go to your trusted medical professional and ask what thickness of filler and which brands of dermal fillers are good fits for you. Getting started in the new year can be hard, but not if you have the right support system in place for the new you!
Dr. Mark Mason is a Southlake, Texas Plastic Surgeon Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Mason is Medical Director of Southlake Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mason has been in practice 16 years and has performed over 6,000 breast surgeries and has used every type of implant manufactured. He was even one of the investigators for the new FDA approved saline implant now available to patients, the Ideal Implant. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Mason, click on his profile or call his office at 817.442.8900. Dr. Mason has been named Top10MD – an honor only 1-in- 3 doctors succeed within the United States.