As we age we begin to exhibit signs of our age. Secrets we do not want told begin to show on our face. These signs are wrinkles, folds and depressions in the skin. These problems are caused by a loss of facial volume. Fortunately, today’s injectable fillers can augment the tissue and reduce the appearance of these fine lines, folds and depressions.
How long do they last?
Injectable fillers typically last six months to one year, although some last much longer. Different types of injectable fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, but collagen, calcium hydroxyapatite and poly-L-lactic are popular as well.
How do injectable fillers work?
Many of the most popular injectable fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring component of your tissue. Hyaluronic acid acts as a hydrator, cell protector and cushioning agent. When injected, it restores volume to your skin. Other fillers will stimulate collagen growth, thereby providing a long-lasting reduction of wrinkles or facial folds.
At Thomae Surgical we currently offer Juvéderm®. Juvéderm® is wonderful because it is a purified hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural complex sugar found in all living cells, joining collagen and elastin to make up the dermis connective tissue matrix. Hyaluronic acid helps to attract and maintain water, hydrating your skin and increasing its volume and density. Of all the dermal fillers, Juvéderm® has the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid.
What to expect:
Juvéderm® treatments are outpatient procedures which take about 30-45 minutes. You may experience mild discomfort, but it will be minimized by local or topical anesthetic. The procedure involves a thin needle that precisely injects the gel into selected tissues. After your treatment, your face will be cleansed and gently massaged if needed.
You will leave the office looking as beautiful as you feel and years younger!